Manager of Conservation Lands

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority - Owen Sound, ON (30+ days ago)

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Grey Sauble Conservation Authority is seeking to fill the position of: Manager of Conservation Lands.

Who are we?

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. GSCA is a community-based environmental agency which owns and manages 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres) of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive lands in Ontario. For over 60 years, GSCA has been offering local renewable natural resource programs and services to its watershed municipalities and landowners. We care for the five major watersheds and several lake fringe watersheds within Grey and Bruce Counties. We are inspired to make a difference and we work to inspire a strong appreciation for nature within our communities.

Who are you?

You are dedicated and enthusiastic about environmental management, ecological integrity, and supporting a positive visitor experience on GSCA lands. You have a strong understanding of property and resource management, demonstrated leadership and sound decision-making skills. You possess an outgoing personality that allows you to work effectively with multiple partners, stakeholders, and team members. You want a career that allows you to make a difference in your community.

Why work for us?

GSCA’s Administrative Office is situated on over 200 hectares of pristine natural wilderness, complete with over seven kilometres of hiking trails and one of southern Ontario’s most magnificent waterfalls. We offer competitive public sector pay; excellent employee benefits program; and enrollment in the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. Joining GSCA means that you will be part of a small, friendly, and closely-knit team. You will have direct access to the support and extensive knowledge of these individuals who share common goals and a passion for nature.

Summary of Functions

Reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, this position directs all policy, strategic development and overall management of GSCA’s land holdings. The position is expected to develop and maintain an effective program to ensure that GSCA’s lands and facilities are managed sustainably for the long term.


  • Graduation from a post-secondary institution in resource management, life sciences, geography, environmental science, or a similar discipline
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license (condition of employment)
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in land and/or natural resource management, including: 1. Managing the use and development of land resources including conservation lands; 2. Familiarity with title searching, land registry and land appraisal processes and with land use planning principles and mechanisms; 3.Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of natural resource management.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Familiarity with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), air photo interpretation and mapping.
  • A good understanding of creating tender packages, and a basic understanding of construction practices and requirements for capital projects for trails, buildings and roads.
  • An understanding of the development of sound policy and guidelines frameworks and experience in writing and implementing policies.
  • Familiarity with relevant legislation, including the Conservation Authorities Act, Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, Trespass to Property Act, Occupiers Liability Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act and related regulations and codes.
  • An understanding of property tax documents and available incentive programs.
  • General expertise to recognize and understand local wildlife, plants and habitats.
  • It is considered an asset to have:

o Provincial Offences Officer law enforcement training, designation and experience.

o Ontario Wetland Evaluation System accreditation.

o Ecological Land Classification System accreditation.


  • Lead and manage the Conservation Lands Management Department.
  • Create and manage annual departmental budget and operational workplan.
  • Develop and manage GSCA’s lands and facilities related policies and strategies.
  • Manage and oversee administration of agreements, leases, licenses, and easements related to GSCA’s land holdings.
  • Provide advice and expertise to other staff on matters related to GSCA properties and natural and cultural heritage values.
  • Monitor property usage and develop management plans to accommodate property uses, financial sustainability, and ecological integrity.
  • Manage collaborative Forest and Trails partnership with the County of Grey.
  • Liaise and work with partners and stakeholders to identify and protect lands for conservation purposes and natural heritage values.
  • Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position and listed in the full position description.


This position works 35 hours, Monday to Friday with occasional evenings and weekends required. A full listing of the position requirements and responsibilities is available on Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s website.

Starting salary: $70,889 plus benefits

Forward resume by April 3, 2020

Both a resume and cover letter are required. Please quote "Manager of Conservation Lands" on resume and cover letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in pdf format.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Late applications will not be considered.

GSCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), GSCA will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform GSCA Administrative staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $70,889.00 /year