Website Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Opportunity Type:

Project Manager, Climate Adaptation
101 Exchange Ave, Vaughan, ON L4K 5R6, Canada Req #228
Friday, February 25, 2022

About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

Under the guidance and direction of Senior Research Scientist, the Project Manager, Climate Adaptation position is highly integrated with the strategic and day to day operations of TRCA’s climate change adaptation program, within the ECS team. Specifically, this position leads the delivery of climate information to internal and external partners, the undertaking of primary and secondary climate research, as well as the provision of expert advice services on climate change adaptation science, policy, and practice.  The Project Manager also has shared responsibilities for ECS research network development, engagement, and facilitation as it pertains to the climate change adaptation program area.

Additionally, this position plays an active role in ECS strategic business planning and implementation. Overall, this position plays a key role in network development, extending and deepening the impact of knowledge generated by the ECS team in order to support transformative climate action across TRCA’s jurisdiction.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Leads the management of climate information, impact and adaptation related research partnerships, projects or initiatives that can be small or large scale, interdisciplinary and involve multiple internal/external partners.
  • Supports the implementation of the climate science and adaptation program, including annual program planning, target setting, budgeting, and work planning.
  • Facilitates the strengthening of existing or building of new formal, long-term, interdisciplinary research partnerships.
  • Understands, recommends, pursues, and administers funding opportunities to enhance existing ECS partnership initiatives or enable new strategic work, including the writing and submission of formal or informal funding applications (e.g., NSERC, SSHRC, FCM, Places to Grow, etc.) and responds to RFPs.
  • Designs and carries out detailed technical analysis, including but not limited to vulnerability/risk assessment (e.g., literature review, GIS analysis, statistical or trend analysis, risk or scenario analysis) as a Research Project Team member.
  • Provides subject matter expert advice to TRCA staff and municipal partners on adaptation related topics, including creation of TRCA Authority Board Reports; development and delivery of presentations to TRCA collaboration groups, Management Team and Authority Board.
  • Liaises with municipal partners regarding their climate science needs.
  • Coordinates, compiles and/ or participates in review and written feedback on adaptation related material, including legislation, regulation, policies, strategies, plans, reports, discussion papers, proposals, EBR postings, etc.
  • Represents TRCA on expert panels or task forces, technical advisory committees or working groups.
  • Leads or supports knowledge mobilization efforts designed to disseminate new and emerging applied climate science and best practice, including a bi-annual TRCA Climate Symposium.
  • Publishes ECS generated climate change adaptation research in peer reviewed journals.
  • Works in consultation with Senior Research Scientist to track and report, as needed, issues with expenses or revenues for climate adaptation accounts; provides input on status of expenses for TRCA accounts that fund a component of climate adaptation program area involvement.
  • Provides input to the Senior Research Scientist on determining and measuring contributions to divisional and corporate priorities and external-partner KPIs.


What will you need to succeed:

  • University degree at Undergraduate level with demonstrable orientation towards interdisciplinary studies in climate change science or policy together with ecology, hydrology, environmental science, geography, water resource engineering or related field.
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license.
  • Three (3) years of experience related to major responsibilities.
  • Advanced knowledge of climate change science or policy and its relevance to one or more of the following areas: natural systems, water resource management, land use planning or economics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislation, policies and strategies pertaining to climate change adaptation in the Ontario context.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead successful funding proposals for research or outreach events.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the planning and implementation of small – large outreach events, such as conferences and workshops.
  • General awareness of key objectives and priorities of municipal partners as related to climate change adaptation.
  • Ability to manage and implement interdisciplinary, complex research projects.
  • Ability to research, analyze, organize, translate and communicate complex scientific information to municipal partners and general public.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including facilitation and negotiation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Strong collaborative skills and interest in working in team environment and independently.
  • Proficiency in analytical tools, including GIS, and database management (e.g., MS Access).
  • Proficiency in computers skills using Microsoft suite products.
  • Competent use of project management software.
  • Excellent financial planning and budget preparation skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly and respond to changing priorities.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).

You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.


Position Details:

Employment type: Full-Time Contract

Duration of employment: 1 year

Hours of work: 35hrs/week

Work location: Head Office

Division: Development and Engineering Services

Business unit: Watershed Planning and Ecosystem Science

Travel: 5%


To apply to this posting, click the “Apply” icon.  Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting the stated job posting id prior to March 11, 2022.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA.  TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation.

While Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer.  We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to TRCA.  We welcome applications from all qualified persons.  Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process in collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27.  Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan. Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.


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