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Hiring: Fisheries Ecology Supervisor
Organization: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Location: Port Dover, Ontario

Do you have a passion for fisheries management and a proven track record of leading successful teams? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join the Fish and Wildlife Services Branch at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as our Fisheries Ecology Supervisor.

As the Fisheries Ecology Supervisor of the Lake Erie Management Unit, you will lead a team of experienced technical professionals in delivering, planning, coordinating, and directing activities related to fisheries/ecosystem assessment and research. In this role, you will also supervise the assessment of fish stocks and provide advice to managers on the status of fish stocks in the lake. Additionally, you will liaise with other agencies, stakeholders, and work units within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to ensure that our fisheries/ecosystem assessment and research activities are coordinated and aligned with broader ministry objectives.

The Lake Erie Management Unit shares resource management responsibility with U.S. States, federal governments, and tribal authorities through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. Our team develops fisheries management objectives with our stakeholders and partners. Moreover, we work with the commercial fishing industry and recreational anglers across the Lake Erie basin.

For more information, visit us at: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry <> and Fisheries in Ontario <>

Consider making Port Dover, Ontario your next home and workplace!

Located on the scenic north shore of Lake Erie, this location is just one hour from Hamilton, two hours from Toronto, and 45 minutes from Brantford. Port Dover boasts a thriving economy with diverse job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism, making it an excellent place for growth and development. Additionally, with a lower cost of living than larger urban centres, living in Port Dover and Norfolk County means you can enjoy a better quality of life and more savings. Furthermore, the region's access to Lake Erie and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing provide an excellent work-life balance. Lastly, the welcoming and tight-knit community in Port Dover offers the chance to build meaningful relationships both personally and professionally.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to lead a team and make a real impact on fisheries management in Ontario. Apply now to join our dynamic team in Port Dover!

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. We offer:

• A defined benefit pension plan
• Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits, which include adoptive parents
• Comprehensive Health Plan
• Life and Disability insurance
• Flexible work arrangements
• Collegial and professional work culture
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code< >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

As the Fisheries Ecology Supervisor, you will:

• Supervise technical, professional, and clerical staff, lead the implementation, design, and review of existing field surveys, and supervise the assessment of fish stocks.
• Manage the implementation and delivery of science research and monitoring programs in partnership or coordination with government and non-government organizations to analyze natural resource ecosystems, and capacity, and develop re-establishment strategies.
• Prepare scientific and technical reports and make recommendations based on data analysis to managers regarding resource management options.
• Liaise with other agencies, stakeholders, and work units within the ministry to ensure coordinated and effective implementation of programs and services.
• Develop health and safety plans, train staff, and ensure compliance with occupational health and safety regulations as well as ministry and divisional policies and protocols.
• Support an inclusive team by providing technical, administrative, and operational direction to staff, assigning and coordinating work, evaluating performance, identifying staff training needs, and escalating employee relations matters.

Location: Port Dover

How do I qualify?


• This position requires occasional travel across the province. The successful candidate must possess a valid Class G driver's licence or an equivalent licence recognized by the Province of Ontario.

Leadership and Management Skills

• You have demonstrated leadership skills to build effective teams by valuing diverse input and experiences to deliver results for resource management programs.
• You can lead and manage change by nurturing working relationships with internal staff and external communities with varying views and opinions.
• You have the ability to learn, or have demonstrated experience applying, human resources practices, policies, directives and collective agreements in relation to recruitment, training and development, and labour relations.
• You possess strong supervisory skills to assign/direct work of staff and determine priorities and expectations.
• You have demonstrated the leadership behaviours, attributes and mindsets <> to lead the OPS into the future.

Technical Knowledge and Expertise

• You have the knowledge of aquatic ecology, fisheries/resources management, and assessment methodology to lead and support international multidisciplinary groups, and biologist staff, and to brief senior management and other stakeholders.
• You have the knowledge of, and experience in, sampling design and data analysis/interpretation, including familiarity with computer systems.
• You have extensive knowledge of the impacts of environmental change, anthropogenic stress, and exploitation on fisheries.
• You have professional knowledge consistent with high-level acceptance inthe scientific community, and sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to act as expert scientific support for the manager when dealing with outside agencies, stakeholders and the general public and mentor to technical staff.
• You have the understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and committee structure with certification to represent management.

Communication and Stakeholders Management Skills

• You have demonstrated communication, consultation and negotiation skills to discuss technical issues with, and present information to, senior management, staff and stakeholders.
• You have proven relationship management skills to promote ministry programs and gain support from various agencies, stakeholders and the public.
• You have extensive communication skills to prepare written correspondence, reports, research papers, briefing notes and more.

Be sure to check out the Manager Recruitment Unit's Application Preparation Guide for Aspiring Managers < > for tips on creating an impactful application!

Salary Range: $68,671 - $107,149 Per Year

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 49 Passmore Ave, Port Dover, West Region

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 198630, by Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 17 2023    ID: 68207