Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada Req #1149
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $50.59/hr, Max = $58.65/hr

Employment type: Full-Time Contract

Duration of employment: 1-year

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Head Office

Division: Development & Engineering Services

Business unit: Development Planning & Permits

Travel: 10%

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 April 10, 2024.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Planner reviews intermediate level land use development applications and initiatives within TRCA’s York East Review Area (the City of Markham and the Town of Whitchurch Stouffville). The Planner will ensure that policy, regulations and technical recommendations and requirements are addressed in accordance with legislated roles and responsibilities.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides effective service delivery of intermediate level reviews made under environmental assessment legislation, Planning Act, and Conservation Authorities Act and regulations that includes providing policy direction and review of files.
  • Provides professional planning advice, legislative and regulatory guidance, and recommends appropriate action to TRCA staff, Conservation Ontario, clients, including municipal, provincial and federal partners, and/or private industry representatives and permit applicants; referring to the Senior Planner and Manager as required.
  • Coordinates internal technical reviews; produces detailed correspondence.
  • Participates in internal and external committees to represent TRCA planning and regulatory perspective.
  • Provides technical expertise and advisory services in the development of workshops geared specifically toward external stakeholders and consultants focused on education and compliance with TRCA’s business objectives.


What will you need to succeed:

Education (degree/diploma/certifications/licenses)

  • University degree in Planning, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, Geography, or a related field
  • Registered Professional Planner designation with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and Canadian Institute of Planners membership or actively working towards the designation
  • Valid Ontario Class G driver's license



  • 4+ years of municipal, environmental, or related planning experience


Knowledge/Skill/Ability - Competencies

  • Broad/working knowledge of statutes and regulatory controls affecting development planning and permitting; demonstrated ability to interpret provincial legislation, Planning Act and environmental assessment applications, and other planning instruments; Sound knowledge of PPS, Official Plan, Zoning, Subdivision, Condominium, Consent, Minor Variance and other Planning Act instruments, as well as environmental assessment legislation and corresponding implementing documents
  • Broad understanding of the role of TRCA in the broader municipal and provincial planning context, including the TRCA Living City Policies, Provincial Planning Policy Statement (PPS), and Conservation Authorities Act and regulations and environmental assessment legislation
  • Broad understanding of various technical disciplines (e.g., ecology, water resource engineering, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, etc.)
  • Significant ability to understand site conditions associated with the review of applications and the connection to policy documents and other related instruments; ability to read and interpret construction plans and drawings
  • Able to comprehend documentation that is technical or scientific in nature, significant skill in writing technical correspondence and reports and apply appropriate recommendations and independent professional planning opinions
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify problems in a timely manner, seeking the appropriate level of support to solve issues
  • Excellent 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, excellent written communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite including online software such as MS teams, WebEx, and SharePoint, including experience working with Adobe Acrobat, ArcGIS; knowledge of Enterprise Permitting & Licensing Systems, Laserfiche, and digital plan review software


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 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 Manager of Records Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan. Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880-2308.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
  • Min Hiring Rate $50.59
  • Max Hiring Rate $58.65
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 10
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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  • Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada