Position Title: Regulations Officer
Department: Planning and Regulations
Immediate Supervisor: Regulations Coordinator
Competition Number: PL157
The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) is looking to add to their team, a Regulations Officer.
The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority’s Planning and Regulations team is responsible for ensuring that proposed development and site alterations are carried out in conformance with the Authority’s policies and procedures.
The Regulations Officer is responsible for implementing the Regulation program by reviewing and processing applications, carrying out investigations, and negotiating and enforcing Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act for the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (O.R. 171/06). Liaison with internal staff, municipal, and agency staff is an important component of this position. The Regulations Officer reports to the Regulations Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Regulations Application Review:
- Review, evaluate, and issue permissions under Ontario Regulation 171/06, made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, while meeting internal deadline/standards;
- Respond to, in a timely manner, public complaints and inquiries regarding regulatory requirements and application permission processes;
- Provide technical review and processing of inquires as directed;
- Gather background information and research for regulation applications and coordinate pre-consultation with proponents to ensure complete applications;
- Perform site visits/inspections as required;
- Communicate initiatives and report to the SCRCA Board of Directors, various committees, municipalities, interest groups, and community as directed;
- Prepare documents and materials as required to ensure that the interests of the SCRCA are appropriately represented at public meetings, committees, and hearings. Attend meetings as required;
- Assist in other administrative duties (i.e., coordinating and assembling policy, public consultation, mapping, checklist preparation, revision and completion, database entry, fee collection, file management, etc.) as required;
- Assist with liaison and correspondence with municipalities, agencies, consultants and general public to ensure effective communication, information sharing and excellent customer service concerning lands subject to Ontario Regulation 171/06;
- Encourage communication and outreach activities that generate an understanding of the Conservation Authority Regulations and build support within the local communities for the health and enhancement of our watershed’s natural resources;
- Provide back-up technical support as required;
- Perform other duties as directed by Regulations Coordinator.
Regulations Enforcement and Compliance:
- Act as an enforcement officer in implementing the Authority’s Regulation program (Ontario Regulation 171/06, the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation, made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act) by investigating complaints/violations and resolving where appropriate and as directed by the Regulations Coordinator. The Regulations Officer will operate in accordance with acceptable procedures and protocols;
- Undertake investigating complaints/violations of the Authority’s Regulation and negotiating resolutions where appropriate and as directed;
- Liaise with Conservation Authority solicitors, staff and the Board in support of charges; serve summons and subpoenas and appear in court to represent the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority;
- Attend as the representative of the Authority appeals before the Ontario Municipal Board, Mining and Lands Commissioner, or cases before the Provincial Courts;
- Act as a designated Enforcement Officer as per Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, carrying out investigations, preparing case files and participating in court proceedings. Issue violation notices, develop compliance agreements, swear to information, and issue summons and/or execute search warrants depending on the nature of the offence;
- Conduct regulatory compliance monitoring and enforcement activities, including coordinating activities with Municipalities and agencies, conducting permit inspections and site investigations, issuing offence notices, preparing compliance agreements, and coordinating prosecutions;
- Maintain accurate compliance records and prepared summary reports as required;
- Develop and maintain a compliance monitoring program with related databases; keep accurate digital compliance records; evaluate trends and prepare summary reports, and make program recommendations;
- Inspect permit works in progress or completed to ensure compliance with plans, specifications, and conditions identified in permits. Document any deficiencies, variances, and take appropriate action;
- Develop and maintain compliance policies, procedures, and technical standards.
Credentials and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Graduation from a recognized College or University in planning, geography, environmental sciences, environmental remediation, resources technology, or other related discipline;
- Knowledge and experience with Conservation Authorities Act, Section 28 Regulations;
- Demonstrated experience with court proceeding and processes, legal procedures and supporting documents, enforcement practices and protocols related to investigations;
- Working knowledge of environmental legislation, permit approval process, planning statements, and some technical guidelines (i.e., stormwater management, coastal and water-related engineering);
- Excellent knowledge of current water and environmental management principles and practices: municipal planning, federal and provincial legislation;
- Current designation as a Provincial Offences Officer or eligibility for designation or willing to take;
- Regulations specific training (i.e., Conservation Authority Compliance Level 1 and 2 an asset);
- Ability to work with GIS software products is an asset;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in English with diverse stakeholder groups at a political and staff level;
- Ability to work well with other staff;
- Ability to maintain good public relations with general public;
- Initiative and good interpersonal skills;
- Proficiency with standard office software including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database software, and use of digital mapping software;
- Must possess and maintain a valid Ontario “G” driver’s license.
- Most work takes place in an office; however, some outdoor site inspections will be required which includes some physical effort (e.g., navigating uneven terrain).
- Frequent multitasking to meet deadlines from multiple sources.
- Occasional receipt of verbal abuse and pressure from external clients.
- Travel is normally within the St. Clair Region watershed, however additional meetings outside of the watershed may be required.
- Position is based at the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority main office at 205 Mill Pond Cres., Strathroy
Wage and Benefits:
- Salary: $34.06 – $40.11 per hour
- Hours: 35 hours per week
- Scheduled day off program
- OMERS pension
- Comprehensive Benefit Package
Start Date – September 2020
Closing Date for Applications – August 9, 2020
Additional information about SCRCA is available on the website at www.scrca.on.ca
Please submit your cover letter and resume outlining how your experience meets the necessary qualifications to:
- indicating the Competition Number and position title in the subject line of your email, or
- mail to: St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, 205 Mill Pond Crescent, Strathroy, ON, N7G 3P9, or
- fax to 519-245-3348
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer