Senior Engineer, Geotechnical Engineering

Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada Req #895
Thursday, November 2, 2023

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $54.55/hr, Max = $63.25/hr

Employment type: Full Time Contract

Duration of employment: 2 years

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Head Office

Division: Development & Engineering Services

Business unit: Engineering Services

Travel: 30%

Remote Work: Hybrid


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 is considered the provincial leader in conserving, restoring, and managing natural resources to advance safe and sustainable development.


To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF or Word file prior to midnight on December 6, 2023. 

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Senior Engineer, Geotechnical Engineering is responsible for geotechnical review of complex permit applications for both the Environmental Assessment and Planning and Development teams. This position conducts challenging risk assessments for slope stability hazards in conformance with geotechnical engineering principles, standards, policies and guidelines required for reviewing applications.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Completes the review and commenting of complex and standard applications submitted by external consultants in support of planning and permit applications ensuring compliance with TRCA and provincial standards and guidelines. Leads the provision of review and comments to guide designs in support of planning and permit applications.
  • Interprets complex geotechnical data, performing analysis and making recommendations.
  • Reviews all applicable information (e.g., reports, drawings, design briefs) to determine the scope of geotechnical review required.
  • Schedules and participates in site visits to better understand the existing and proposed site conditions.
  • Provides support by preparing technical guidelines and checklists for submissions and review.
  • Prepares technical memos of observations and recommendations, signs off on the geotechnical components of a permit application prior to processing.
  • Communicates with the technical teams, applicants and as necessary municipalities and agencies, to confirm submission requirements, and coordinate site visits and meetings thereby ensuring effective project coordination and service delivery.
  • Participates in Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) and other hearings, tribunals, investigations that may be required as part of a dispute or legal action regarding a permit application.
  • Provides technical support to TRCA enforcement and compliance matters including site visits, review reports, witness statements and necessary mediations and discussions.
  • Reviews slope stabilization and erosion hazard mitigation projects and initiatives
  • Prepares technical papers and presentations to promote TRCA and the importance of geotechnical hazard mitigation.
  • Assists in the implementation of dam/dike stability reviews.

What will you need to succeed:


Education (degree/diploma/certifications/licenses)

  • University degree in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering or related field
  • Licensed Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Valid Ontario Class G2 driver's license



  • 5+ years of experience working as a geotechnical engineering professional


Knowledge/Skill/Ability - Competencies

  • Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple files concurrently
  • Knowledge of policies, standards, guidelines, procedures, and practices relevant to the slope stability and erosion hazard assessment for land development
  • Understanding of standard geotechnical software for slope stability modelling (SLOPE/W, SLIDE)
  • Experience with dam/dike embankment safety reviews.
  • Influential communicator able to facilitate discussions between parties with different perspectives of competing interests and resolve conflicts
  • Influences decisions by presenting technical information and evidence in an appealing and easy to understand manner
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team member to coach staff and work with stakeholders (internally and externally) and negotiate project variance/timelines; ability to deal tactfully and courteously with stakeholders, public officials
  • Influential communicator able to facilitate discussions between parties with different perspectives of competing interests and resolve conflicts
  • Influences decisions by presenting technical information and evidence in an appealing and easy to understand manner
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite including online software such as MS teams, WebEx, and SharePoint


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 by demonstrating the following behaviours; 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).
  • Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.


While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that 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 the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.


Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection, and onboarding process is 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 Manager of Records and Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880 2308.


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
  • Min Hiring Rate $54.55
  • Max Hiring Rate $63.25
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 30
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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  • Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada