Planning & Development

Temporary Duration

Approximate Duration: 4 months, May 2024 to August 2024

Job Description


The Planning & Development Services team has a 4-month paid position available for a current student (degree/diploma in progress) or intern (recent graduate). This is an excellent opportunity for a student or recent graduate in a Forestry or Environmental Planning-related field to gain valuable work experience.

The Forestry / Environmental Planning Student will work closely with both the Environmental Planners and Regional Forester. The position will assist the Environmental Planners in reviewing, analyzing and preparing comments on development-related applications, including Niagara Escarpment Development Permits, Zoning By-law Amendments and Consents, etc., to ensure consistency with Regional and Provincial natural environment policy. The position will assist the Regional Forester with enforcing the Region’s Woodland Conservation By-law as well as with the issuance of Good Forestry Practices permits. In addition, the student will assist in data collection for a tree and forest health assessment project, focused on Regionally owned properties.

This position will provide the Student with the opportunity to assess and apply Provincial and Regional planning policies that have a natural environmental interest. The Student will also assist in the development of forestry and planning related documents & guidelines, carrying out research, preparing maps, aerial photography, letters/reports and other applicable data on forestry and planning related matters. The Student will work alongside professional, technical and clerical staff to learn many different aspects of a job in the Planning field.



  • Completion of high school diploma or equivalency (i.e. GED) is required
  • Must meet one (1) of the following requirements:
  • Full-time/any student returning to post-secondary in a full time capacity in the next available term;
  • Completed their academic requirements but still require successful completion of a Co-op, Work-term or Internship identified as a requirement for program completion by the post-secondary institute; or
  • Achieved program completion (degree/diploma) in a field of study related to the role within the last 18 months.


  • Knowledge of the Ontario planning system, including planning & environmental regulations/legislation/policies and planning tools (e.g. official plans, zoning by-laws, etc.).
  • Knowledge of Good Forestry Practices and relevant Provincial legislation and guidelines pertaining to forest management and private woodland regulation in a municipal
  • Knowledge of ecological principles and watershed science.
  • Knowledge of forestry and environmental data collection techniques
  • Previous experience in reviewing development applications or policy analysis would be an asset.
  • Proficient use of the Microsoft Office suite of products and video conferencing software.
  • Knowledge/use of GIS (e.g. ArcGIS), database management and graphics software.


  • Ability to work unsupervised, independently and as a team member.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Highly developed communication skills, including oral, written and graphics.
  • Self-motivated with proven initiative, strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and the ability to complete work within defined timelines.
  • Ability to confidently identify trees and shrubs common to the Niagara Region


  • Must be available to work full-time starting in May 2024.
  • Must provide proof of enrollment/completion in a related post-secondary program/high school.
  • Must have access to reliable internet and be able to work remotely; accommodations may be available if required.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle for travel to various work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons, would be an asset but not required.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors

Closing Statement

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges TODAY!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you require an accommodation for the application process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the alternate formats for contacting us are as follows:

  • Email: myhr@niagararegion.ca
  • Phone: 905-980-6000 or 1-800-263-7215
  • Bell Relay: 1-800-855-0511
  • In-person: Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, ON L2V 4T7 – Human Resources Department