Wednesday, 30 October 2013 06:34

Career Profile: Drought Contingency Specialist

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  • Person: Hajnal Kovacs
  • Company: Grand River Conservation Authority
  • Food System Fit: Ecological Systems, Water Soil, Carbon
  • Job Type: Project Manager
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The Grand River Conservation Authority

The GRCA manages water and other natural resources on behalf of 39 municipalities and close to one million residents. Through our predecessor agencies, the GRCA lays claim to being the first watershed management agency in Canada. It’s exciting to work with the GRCA because there are so many opportunities to meet and collaborate with other agencies to achieve your goals. Like every watershed, the Grand River watershed is such a unique feature that there is never a simple or predictable day of work. Some days you might be in the field consulting a farmer about irrigation or measuring water quality in a creek and the next you’re editing a report, giving a presentation or joining a conference call. In the future, the GRCA will continue to be a very important player in protecting our watershed and accomplishing our organization’s vision of a healthy and sustainable natural environment in the Grand River watershed.

Our head office is in Cambridge and we have 12 conservation parks across the watershed, totalling to about 200 staff members. Employment opportunities vary with positions in resource management in aquatics, terrestrial and planning, engineering in surface water, ground water and dam operation as well our parks division across the watershed. Every summer, the GRCA hires summer students to work with our staff in various positions in the mentioned departments. The Grand River flows 300 kilometres through southwestern Ontario from the highlands of Dufferin County to Port Maitland on Lake Erie. This means there are always opportunities for travel depending on your position, whether it’s checking on water quality in the northern end of the watershed or inspecting a dam in the middle Grand. There hasn’t been a day where I ran into someone at work who didn’t seem happy to be here. When you love what you do, you won’t have to work a day in your life.

Our vision:
- A healthy and sustainable natural environment in the Grand River watershed.
Our mission:
- We will develop and implement programs, directly or with our partners, to improve water quality, reduce flood damages, maintain a reliable water supply, facilitate watershed planning,
protect natural areas and biodiversity, and provide environmental education.
- We will be an environmentally responsible provider of outdoor recreation opportunities.
- We will maintain a responsive, innovative, accountable and financially sustainable organization.
Our values:
- We will strive for clear and respectful communication within our organization, with our partners, and members of the public.
- We will make decisions that reflect integrity, fairness and sensitivity to the parties affected by our actions.
- We will conduct our work in an efficient and effective manner, exercising creativity and innovation.
- We value the trust of our stakeholders, which will be gained through our commitment to openness and accountability.


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