Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Geraldton, ON
Closing Date
April 19, 2024 11:59 pm
Apply By: Friday, April 19, 2024 11:59 pm EDT


Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Regional Operations Division / Northwest Region
Atikokan, Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Ignace, Kenora, Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
3 Permanent
Job Code:
M1108C – Prog Planning & Evaluation26
$90,348.00 – $137,895.00 Per Year

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking self-motivated leaders who are as passionate about serving Ontarians through natural resource management excellence in Northwestern Ontario.

We embody a strong people-focused leadership culture centered on leadership that is authentic, purposeful, inspiring, aware and enabling.

In the District Manager and Land Use Planning and Strategic Issues Manager roles, you will have the opportunity to deliver on strategies and frameworks to support the implementation of corporate, regional and local programs and services. You will lead and oversee important relationship building and consultations with Indigenous communities, Industry, stakeholders, and the public to deliver on priority work vital to Northern Ontario communities!

About the Ontario Public Service (OPS): We are one of the largest employers in the province, employing more than 60,000 people. Every day we are modernizing government operations and improving public services. We have a wide range of meaningful and rewarding career opportunities in communities across Ontario. We welcome new ideas and new people, encourage learning and development, and reward achievement. No matter the position, we live the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness.

What a career in the OPS can offer: We are committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. In addition to flexible work arrangements, collegial and professional work culture, career growth and development and on-the-job training to help you succeed, we offer a competitive total compensation package, which includes an attractive salary, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health and dental plan and much more.

About us: The Regional Operations Division (ROD) is accountable for the implementation and delivery of provincial resource management policy and programs on local and provincial levels. We play a key role in managing Crown land, including forestry, fish and wildlife and aggregates. We provide authorizations for the use of Crown land and resources such as those to support mining and infrastructure projects like large-scale transmission lines, renewable energy and all-weather roads, or those related to resource-based tourism, which is a mainstay in Northwestern Ontario. We conduct monitoring and compliance and work in partnership with Indigenous communities on a wide range of initiatives, including the development of community-based land use plans in the Far North. We also perform a critical public safety role in supporting responses to emergencies such as wildfires and floods.

Our Districts are made up of dedicated teams of resource management professionals who carry out our business related to resource management programs such as forestry, fish & wildlife, lands & waters, aggregates, and emergency management. We are seeking two District Managers: one for the Thunder Bay-Ignace District (position headquarters can be Thunder Bay or Ignace) and one for Dryden-Fort Frances-Atikokan District (position headquarters can be Dryden Fort Frances, or Atikokan).

The Land Use Planning, and Strategic Initiatives Section (LUPSIS) is responsible for the implementation of the MNRF’s land use planning business in the Northwest Region (e.g., land use planning, water management planning, environmental assessment, decision making frameworks) along with regional issues and communications management. We are seeking one manager for this section and the headquarters can be Atikokan, Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Ignace, Kenora, Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout or Thunder Bay.

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

The OPS is an innovative, responsive, and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversifying leadership is a top priority for the OPS. Our goal is to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most under-represented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) on our leadership teams.

The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply. As an organization that promotes equity and diversity, the OPS encourages applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized individuals, and persons with disabilities.

The OPS is an accessible employer and we offer accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy, the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint, and the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Create the Work Environment

In the Ontario Public Service, we hold our leaders to the highest standards, expecting them to embody authenticity, accountability, and courage in every action and decision. It will be your responsibility to create a work environment and team culture that ignites innovation, nurtures collaboration and champions inclusivity by creating a diverse, anti-racist and accessible workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. By aligning your choices with these values, you will create a vibrant work environment where every individual can thrive.

Deliver on Business Goals and Priorities

Your leadership will be crucial in guiding the team towards the achievement of its business goals. It will be your responsibility to inspire and motivate your team to deliver their best performance and align the team’s daily actions with the strategic vision of the ministry.

As a Manager, you will:

• lead and manage business and operational planning, development, and implementation.
• evaluate and monitor compliance of key programs.
• deliver on strategies and frameworks to support the implementation of mandated corporate, regional and local programs and services.
• oversee important relationship building and consultation with Indigenous communities, Industry, stakeholders, and the public, and work to develop relevant partnerships to deliver priority work.
• work with counterparts across the Division for particularly large projects.
• work across Ministries to proactively and reactively address issues management.

How do I qualify?

Strategic Leadership Skills:

• You have leadership experience and the ability to inspire, engage, motivate, develop and mentor staff to deliver on results during on-going change and transformation.
• You are a collaborative leader and have incorporated the principles of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism across all elements of your management style.
• You demonstrate good judgement, political acuity and organizational awareness in managing issues and priorities.
• You demonstrate the leadership behaviours, attributes and mindset for leaders, across the organization, to lead the OPS into the future and deliver our vision.

Specialized Knowledge and Technical Skills:

• You are knowledgeable of resource management principles to lead the development and implementation of options/recommendations to support land use and natural resource management.
• You can interpret and apply relevant resource management, strategic direction, legislation, guidelines and regulations.
• You have experience defining problems, developing and implementing solutions as well as formulating realistic recommendations for effective delivery of a broad range of programs and services.

Communication and Relationship Management Skills:

• You have demonstrated collaboration skills to develop linkages with key networks and stakeholders for various land/resource management planning initiatives.
• You have proven negotiation and facilitation skills to serve as a liaison and to balance diverse interests in support of Ministry programs.
• You have well developed communication skills to provide recommendations, and expert advice, and prepare reports, briefing/background notes and responses to a variety of correspondence.

Analytical and Project Management Skills:

• You have well developed analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and resolve complex resource management issues.
• You have strong project management skills to coordinate, resource and plan the delivery of various projects.
• You possess sound judgment to determine project priorities, and anticipate, resolve and escalate issues to the senior manager, as required.

Additional Information:

  • 3 English Permanent, 435 James St S, Thunder Bay, North Region or 479 Government Rd, Dryden, North Region or 922 Scott St, Fort Frances, North Region or 108 Saturn Ave, Atikokan, North Region or 208 Beamish Ave, Geraldton, North Region or Hwy 17 & Hwy 599, Ignace, North Region or 5 Wadsworth Dr, Nipigon, North Region or 227 Howey St, Red Lake, North Region or 49 Prince St, Sioux Lookout, North Region or 808 Robertson St, Kenora, North Region
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan


Management and General
Posted on:
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

  • N-NR-210876/24(3)

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment services team will contact you within 48 hours.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, April 19, 2024 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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