Government and Community Relations Specialist, Toronto/Durham Watersheds

Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada Req #212
Monday, May 2, 2022

Position Details:

Salary Range: Min = $128,534  Max = $139,352

Employment type: Full-Time

Duration of employment: Permanent

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Head Office

Division: Government and Community Relations
Business Unit: Toronto and Durham Watersheds

Travel: 20-30%

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 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:

  • Reporting to the CEO and working in close collaboration with Senior Leadership Team (SLT)  members this position will communicate on a regular basis with senior federal, provincial and municipal government staff, elected representatives, provincial and federal government and agency staff and other partners and stakeholders to increase their knowledge and support for TRCA initiatives.
  • Act as a liaison between external stakeholders and TRCA staff on government and community issues and activities related to the appropriate area of TRCA’s jurisdiction, including the City of Toronto, Region of Durham and its lower tier municipalities of Pickering, Uxbridge and Ajax.
  • Track and follow up on communications and requests from elected officials across all levels of government, as well as municipal and provincial staff and agencies and citizens across TRCA’s jurisdiction in close coordination with the CEO and relevant members of SLT and Management Teams.
  • Work with divisional representatives of TRCA to develop, update and execute Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) between TRCA, City of Toronto divisions, City of Toronto agencies (e.g., Create TO, Toronto Botanical Gardens, etc.), provincial (e.g., Infrastructure Ontario) and federal agencies (e.g., Ports Toronto, Parks Canada, etc.), the Region of Durham, and lower-tier municipalities in TRCA’s jurisdiction in the Region of Durham, including coordinating and leading meetings with municipalities and other partner organizations and agencies and developing resources in collaboration with TRCA staff from different divisions.
  • Lead the preparation of updates on TRCA and partner programs and projects of interest within our jurisdiction specific to activities in the City of Toronto, and Region of Durham for CEO, SLT, Communications, and relevant TRCA staff, Board Members and elected officials, to ensure that they receive relevant information to be shared with their constituencies.
  • Serve on relevant governmental and partner committees and working groups where a cross-divisional TRCA perspective is needed. Represent TRCA on external committees and initiatives as appropriate including Waterfront Toronto Portlands Executive Steering Committee, Rouge National Urban Park Working Group, and regular working meetings with City of Toronto divisions (Toronto Water, Parks and Forestry, Deputy City Manager’s Office, etc.).
  • Support or lead, as appropriate, the engagement and communication efforts on major initiatives involving municipal and stakeholder consultation.
  • Identify and facilitate funding opportunities to support TRCA projects in collaboration with TRCA’s Strategic Business Planning and Performance business unit and relevant divisions.
  • Respond to public and stakeholder inquiries and issues related to the appropriate area of TRCA’s jurisdiction including the City of Toronto, Region of Durham and its lower tier municipalities.  Manage conflict and resolve issues and ensure coordinated responses involving the appropriate municipal or agency stakeholder, if required, in a timely manner.
  • In partnership with relevant TRCA staff, municipal partners, and other organizations and stakeholders, identify and cultivate business development opportunities and specific strategies in support of TRCA initiatives and objectives to address TRCA Board of Directors unmet needs list and shared municipal, TRCA and senior government priorities.
  • Oversee an annual budget and support overall financial planning processes and support fiscal responsibilities of the organization.
  • Lead and motivate a team of staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, continuous learning while encouraging innovation.

What will you need to succeed:

  • University degree in environmental studies, planning, public administration, business administration, political science, civil engineering, or a related field.
  • 7-10 years of work experience in the environmental sector, including project and program management experience and in-depth experience working with various levels of government, including elected officials.
  • 5 years of supervisory experience at a senior level in progressively more challenging positions.
  • Demonstrated experience forming partnerships and sustaining strategic long-term business relationships.
  • Leadership experience in interdisciplinary teams and in collaboration with diverse partner groups, including municipalities, community-based organizations, and businesses.
  • High level of tact, political sensitivity and leadership skills, ability to influence others, and manage change.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate technical information to various audiences.
  • Ability to conduct public consultations and facilitate negotiations.
  • Ability to facilitate discussions between parties with different perspectives of competing interests and resolve conflicts.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of topics that include watershed ecosystems, urban sustainability, flood mitigation, climate change, greenspace management and/or land use planning.
  • Ability to self-manage workload and prioritize tasks in an environment with frequently fluctuating workload and multiple deadlines.
  • Collaborate with others to focus on objectives and effectively delegate work within a team.
  • Effective problem-solving skills and leadership skills, including staff coaching and managing performance and working collaboratively with other divisions.
  • Excellent computer proficiency in MS Office suite, and software such as MS teams, Zoom, GoToWebinar, WebEx, and SharePoint).
  • Experience planning and managing budgets.
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license. 

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.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting TRCA-199-22 prior to midnight on May 30, 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 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 Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216. 

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Permanent Full-Time
  • Min Hiring Rate $128,534.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $139,352.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 30
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada