Apply By: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 11:59 pm EDT
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Manager, Upper Great Lakes MU

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Provincial Services Division, Fish and Wildlife Services Branch
Owen Sound, Thunder Bay
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
M1108C - Prog Planning & Evaluation26
$90,348.00 - $136,530.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Fish and Wildlife Services Branch is looking for a collaborative and innovative leader to lead a diverse group of professionals in the bi-national management of Lake Superior and Lake Huron's fisheries resources.

Are you a dynamic and collaborative leader interested in coordinating the delivery of an integrated Great Lakes Fisheries management program? Are you keen to lead the development and maintenance of relationships, fisheries monitoring/management and science programs dedicated to managing economically, socially and culturally significant Fisheries? Are you a seasoned resource management professional wishing to contribute to continuous improvement in operational and policy modernization initiatives? If so, then consider this opportunity to lead a dedicated and passionate team of professionals in the management and improvement of the fisheries of Lake Superior, Lake Huron (including Georgian Bay) and its connecting waters.

The Upper Great Lakes Management Unit is one of three Great Lakes Management Units that supports the recreational and commercial fisheries on Ontario's four Great Lakes. Lake Units have a shared resource management responsibility with eight U.S. States, two federal governments and three U.S .tribal authorities as well as numerous Indigenous communities.

The diversity of the fisheries and geography on the Upper Lakes provides for a great variety of large and small scale commercial fisheries, intense and remote recreational fisheries, large scale cage aquaculture operations, vastly different ecosystems and pressures along with a significant mix of interests by rights holders, stakeholders, interest groups and Bi-National partners.

The Upper Great Lakes Management Unit supports these fisheries through:
• Monitoring and assessment and policy setting for these fisheries through the development of fisheries management plans.
• Working to protect and enhance biodiversity and contribute to an improved understanding of the overall ecosystem health of the Great Lakes.
• Working and collaborating with Indigenous communities on both lakes in achieving shared priorities.
• Setting recreational fishing regulations and sustainable commercial fishing quotas on Lakes Superior and Huron including setting license conditions on commercial licenses.
• Management, licencing and monitoring of the cage aquaculture industry on Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
• Delivery of the operational components of the Canada-Ontario Agreement (COA) respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem for Lake Superior and Lake Huron (including Georgian Bay) and their connecting waters.
• Maintaining a professional, diverse and geographically dispersed workforce, a large fleet of vessels, equipment and financial accountability.

*Note: the successful candidate can work from any of the sites listed, with regular travel to other work locations as needed. A remote working arrangement (with regular travel to one of the Unit's locations) may be negotiated with a successful candidate.

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.

To advance this goal, the OPS is collecting socio-demographic information that will help to address potential barriers and achieve equity in hiring. You are requested to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS.

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 "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Lead a team in a geographically dispersed environment of high performers, while fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, accessibility and excellence.
• Resolve complex resource management issues and coordinate the effective delivery of ministry programs in a complex stakeholder and partner environment that includes commercial and recreational fisheries and Binational jurisdictional partners (Federal and U.S. State).
• Build, maintain and foster new relationships with Indigenous communities to provide opportunities for expanded growth and collaboration in the delivery of complex fisheries management on a wide geographic Great Lakes scale.
• Manage the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of program delivery strategies and frameworks to support the delivery of programs and services.
• Act as the lead communication person with internal, interagency and international forums for Great Lake management programs.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other provincial, federal and international government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
• Work on broader Ministry and Federal committees, providing input into provincial policy and science priority setting and modernization initiatives.

Leadership in the OPS
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) Leadership Behaviours define what it means to be a leader through the following expected behaviours and attributes:
• You are committed to the responsibilities of being a leader by demonstrating authenticity, accountability and courage.
• You are innovative by embracing positive disruption, maintaining a future mindset and leading with a common purpose.
• You are collaborative by driving people-centered outcomes, being inclusive and helping staff and colleagues grow, every day.

How do I qualify?

Leadership Skills:

• You have demonstrated experience providing guidance to a team of experts to achieve results on high profile programs and initiatives.
• You are committed to diversity, accessibility and inclusion.
• You demonstrate evidence-based decisions in an environment of continuous improvement, creativity, and excellence with a client focused outcome.
• You have demonstrated skills in managing financial budgets and human resources, including talent management/succession planning and performance management activities.
• You can lead project and change management activities through effective planning, communication, and implementation of complex transformation projects.

Knowledge and Technical Expertise:

• You have knowledge of fisheries management, including sustainable use of fish stocks.
• You have knowledge of procurement, financial and budgeting.
• You have knowledge of legislation policies, objectives, guidelines, and procedures relating to fisheries management.
• You have knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and workplace practices.

Communication, Relationship and Stakeholder Management Skills:

• You have excellent stakeholder management skills to build and maintain collaborative relationships across a broad range of high profile stakeholders and with key partners across North America.
• You have strong self awareness, knowledge, integrity and relationship building skills to effectively work and collaborate with Indigenous communities, leadership and community members.
• You have strong and effective communication, negotiation, and consultation skills to build credibility with colleagues, stakeholders and senior executives and foster strong linkages across the ministry.
• You demonstrate innovative thinking and have strong political acuity, issues management and problem solving skills.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 2045 20th Ave E, Owen Sound, West Region or 435 James St S, Thunder Bay, North Region
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan
Fish and Wildlife
Posted on:
Monday, August 8, 2022
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 6, 2022 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

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