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Our offices are located in a suburban area just south of Ottawa where public transportation is limited. Candidates should ensure they have reliable transportation prior to applying.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is the lead intermunicipal agency working to address river-related environmental issues and concerns within the Rideau Valley watershed. Thanks to our many partners, the scope of our environmental protection work includes planning, source water protection, tackling flooding and erosion problems and researching water movement and use in the valley. We help people maintain healthy shorelines, provide advice on development-related issues and report to municipalities, agencies and the public about watershed conditions and trends. We also provide public access to natural waterfront areas, deliver community-based stewardship programs, reduce water pollution and protect fish and wildlife habitat.

Reporting to the Surface Water Quality Coordinator, the Environmental Resource Technician co-ordinates activities and implements the protocol for physical and biological monitoring networks in order to deliver services in support of integrated environmental health and watershed sustainability.

In accordance with established protocol, you will collect and manage data, conduct quality assurance and quality control in order to establish validity. You will analyze and interpret data to identify issues, influences and trends and conduct field and lab identification of various biological features and organisms. You will also routinely prepare custom maps charts and graphs. 

Additionally, you will coordinate your activities along with other coworkers and volunteers to meet work plan objectives. You will help foster interest and maintain involvement of the community and communicate with the public. 

As the ideal candidate, you hold a college diploma in environmental sciences (i.e. programs that include, but are not limited to, the study of biology, ecology, earth sciences and water resources). You have a minimum of one year relevant experience, including experience working with volunteers and community groups. You have knowledge of fluvial processes and best management practices for protection of water and land resources, fish sampling and benthic invertebrate collection techniques effective interpersonal skills and strong organizational and planning skills. You should be comfortable working on and around water and you must be able to navigate unstable terrain and occasionally lift heavy equipment and samples (weighing up to 50 lbs). You have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. 

If you have a strong commitment to championing protection of the environment and the safeguarding of land and water resources, please email your resume and covering letter, no later than 4:00 p.m. March 19.

Human Resources
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
P.O. Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5
Fax: (613) 692-0831
e-mail:

Visit us on the web at www.rvca.ca

Download job ad here. 
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The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is an equal opportunity employer. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for consideration. We are committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you are selected for an interview and you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Audit Committee meetings are held in the Monterey Boardroom at the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 meetings will be held as Conference Calls — Contact Michelle Paton at  for more details

Audit Committee — 2021

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
December 2021    
November 2021    
October2021     
September 2021    
August  2021    
July 2021    
June 2021    
May 2021    
April 2021    
March 2021    
 February 2021    
January 2021    

OTTAWA, March 1, 2021 – It’s officially March! And you know what that means: time to haul in your fishing huts, hockey nets and other gear before the ice is out. 

Building materials, rink lights, benches and shovels, garbage and other waste can pollute our rivers and lakes, be toxic for fish and wildlife and create hazards for boaters and swimmers in the spring. 

Under Ontario law, Eastern Ontario fishing huts must be removed by March 15. However, as the sun gets stronger and the weather begins to warm, it’s wise to remove them sooner rather than later. If you wait too long, you may find the ice too thin to access your belongings! It is an offence under the Public Lands Act to leave your ice hut out after ice break up, even if that occurs before the removal deadline.

So take some time this week to collect your belongings, dispose of your garbage and dismantle any structures you’ve built on the ice. Protect and respect the river that has kept you going all through the long winter months! 

For complete fishing hut regulations visit www.ontario.ca/ice-fishing. To learn about water quality in your area and how to improve it, visit watersheds.rvca.ca.

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WESTPORT, March 1, 2021 – Get out and enjoy everything winter has to offer with a free outdoor adventure kit from Foley Mountain Conservation Area. 

Beginning March 2, families can pick up one of 100 kits from any Rideau Lakes or Westport library branch. 

The kits include materials and instructions to identify and follow animal tracks in the snow, explore the wonderful world of snowflakes, do an experiment with a jello mouse, create a backyard birdfeeder, make snow ice cream and more. 

“This is just another way we’re keeping connected with local families and promoting outdoor education,” said site supervisor Rebecca Whitman. “We hope people will be inspired to get outside more and enjoy all the fun winter has to offer.”

The kits were made possible through generous donations from Friends of Foley Mountain and the Township of Rideau Lakes, support from Kudrinko’s grocery store in Westport and distribution services from the libraries.

“This is the first time we’re doing this and we’re thrilled to have so many partners involved to keep families engaged while they’re at home,” Whitman said. 

The kits can be adapted for all ages; parents can modify the activities as needed to engage both younger and older kids.

While signs of spring are starting to appear, there could still be another six weeks of winter – and this is the time when families start to feel the fatigue of the coldest months. 

“I’m hoping these kits will help families pull through the last stretch of winter and keep the wonder of nature and the great outdoors at their fingertips,” Whitman said.

Questions about the kits can be sent to 

More “Fresh Air Fun” activities can be found at www.rvca.ca and on our YouTube channel.  

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The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Board of Directors normally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. The meetings are held in the Monterey Boardroom at the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre.

Do you want to speak to the RVCA Board of Directors? (  pdfDetails here)
Delegation Request Form (  pdfDetails here)

For a full agenda package, please contact
For complete minutes with associated attachments, please contact
Please note that minutes are posted when they are approved.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 meetings will be held as Conference Calls — Contact Michelle Paton at  for more details

Board of Directors — 2021

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
January    
February 25, 2021 Agenda  

Board of Directors – 2020

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
January - -
February - -
March - -
April 23, 2020 Agenda
Minister’s Direction for Conservation Authorities during the COVID-19 Outbreak 
Approved Minutes
May, 28, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
June 25, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
July 23, 2020 Revised Agenda Approved Minutes
August 27, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
September 24, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
October 22, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
November 5, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
November 26, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
December - -

Board of Directors – 2019

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
February 21, 2019
Orientation & Training
Agenda Board of Directors Orientation & Training Session Presentation
February 28, 2019 Agenda #01-19 Approved Minutes #01-19
March 28, 2019 Agenda #02-19 Approved Minutes #02-19
April 25, 2019 Agenda #03-19 Minutes #03-19 
June 27, 2019 Agenda #04-19 Minutes #04-19
July 25, 2019 Agenda #05-19 Minutes #05-19
September 26, 2019 Agenda #06-19 Minutes #06-19
October 24, 2019 Agenda #07-19 Minutes #07-19
November 28, 2019 Agenda #08-19 Minutes #08-19

Board of Directors - 2018

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
January 25, 2018 Agenda #01-18 Minutes #01-18
February 22, 2018 Agenda #02-18 Minutes #02-18
March 22, 2018 Agenda #03-18 Minutes #03-18
April 26, 2018 Agenda #04-18 Minutes #04-18
May 24, 2018 Agenda #05-18 Minutes #05-18
June 28, 2018 Watershed Tour
 
July 26, 2018 Agenda #06-18 Minutes #06-18
August   No Meeting
September 27, 2018 Agenda #07-18 Minutes #07-18
October 25, 2018 Agenda # 08-18 Minutes #08-18
November 22, 2018 Agenda #09-18 Minutes #09-18 
December  No Meeting

Board of Directors - 2017

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
January 26, 2017 Agenda #01-17 Minutes #01-17
February 23, 2017 Agenda #02-17 Minutes #02-17
March 23, 2017 Agenda #03-17 Minutes #03-17
April 27, 2017 Agenda #04-17 Minutes #04-17
May 25, 2017 Agenda #05-17 Minutes #05-17
June 22, 2017 Board Tour No Meeting
July 27, 2017 Agenda #06-17 Minutes #06-17
August   No Meeting  No Meeting
September 28, 2017 Agenda #07-17 Minutes #07-17
October 26, 2017 Agenda # 08-17 Minutes #08-17
November 23, 2017 Agenda # 9-17 Minutes #9-17
December  14, 2017 Agenda #10-17  

Board of Directors - 2016

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
January 28, 2016 Agenda #01-16 Minutes #01-16
February 25, 2016 Agenda #02-16 CANCELLED
March 31, 2016 Agenda #03-16 Minutes #03-16
April 28, 2016 Agenda #04-16 Minutes #04-16
May 26, 2016 Agenda #05-16 Minutes #05-16
July 28, 2016 Agenda #06-16 Minutes #06-16
August 25, 2016 Agenda #07-16 Minutes #07-16
October 27, 2016 Agenda #08-16 Minutes #08-16
November 24, 2016 Agenda #09-16 Minutes #09-16

 Board of Directors - 2015

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
February 26, 2015 Agenda #01-15 Minutes #01-15
March 26, 2015 Agenda #02-15
Agenda #02-15 Watershed Brief
Minutes #02-15
April 23, 2015 Agenda #03-15
Agenda #03-15 Watershed Brief
Minutes #03-15
May 28, 2015 Agenda #04-15
Agenda #04-15 Watershed Brief
Minutes #04-15
June 25, 2015 Agenda #05-16
Agenda #05-15 Watershed Brief
Minutes #05-16
July 23, 2015 Agenda #06-15
Agenda #06-15 Watershed Brief
Minutes #06-15
September 24, 2015 Agenda #07-15 Minutes #07-15
October 22, 2015 Agenda #08-15 Minutes #08-15
November 26, 2015 Agenda #09-15 Minutes #09-15

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Executive Committee normally meets on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings are held in the Monterey Boardroom at the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre.

Delegation Request Form (  pdfDetails here)

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 meetings will be held as Conference Calls — Contact Michelle Paton at  for more details

Executive Committee — 2021

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
     
November 11, 2021    
October 14, 2021     
September 9, 2021    
August 12, 2021    
July 8, 2021    
June 10, 2021    
May 13, 2021    
April 8, 2021    
March 11, 2021 Agenda - March 11, 2021  
March 4, 2021 Agenda - March 4, 2021  
 February 11, 2021 Cancelled  
January 14, 2021 Cancelled  

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 meetings will be held as Conference Calls — Contact Michelle Paton at  for more details

Source Protection Authority Meetings — 2021

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
December    
November     
October     
September     
August     
July     
June     
May     
April     
March    
 February    
January    

Source Protection Authority Meetings – 2020

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
April 23, 2020 Agenda Approved Minutes
November 26, 2020 Agenda -

Source Protection Authority Meetings – 2019

Meeting DateAgendasMinutes
November 28, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 25, 2019 Agenda
Appendix A - 2018 Supplemental Form
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OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2021 – The spring melt is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for it than a new and improved flood data website for waterfront residents?

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s flood forecasting webpage now includes access to several new data sets that will help residents in flood-prone areas of the Rideau Valley watershed and parts of the Ottawa River watershed prepare for flood season. 

These updates include: 

The data and maps can be customized, downloaded, printed and shared. The hope is that, armed with historic trends as well as real-time flood forecasting from staff at the RVCA, residents will be better prepared to avoid, limit and manage flood damage in the future. 

“Our number one goal is to keep people and property safe, and the best way to do that is with information,” said Brian Stratton, RVCA’s manager of engineering. “The more knowledge residents have about the potential for floods in their neighbourhoods, the better.”

Particularly exciting is the installation of four real-time flood gauges in several vulnerable communities within the City of Ottawa. Cumberland was hit hard by the Ottawa River floods in 2017 and 2019, and the new gauge will help residents compare current water levels to past floods. This will help them predict what’s coming and prepare accordingly, Stratton said. Three other communities – North Gower, Richmond and Brantwood Park – will also benefit from new real-time gauges. 

Homeowners in other vulnerable communities within the City of Ottawa can also access new neighbourhood flood mapping that shows where and how floodwaters could breach their communities during 2-, 5-, 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-year floods. These maps will help residents decide how to best protect their properties when the waters rise, whether by sandbagging in the best spot or moving important items to higher ground. 

The historical data covering snowpack measurements, lake water levels and Rideau River water levels are also important resources – not just for flood forecasting, but also for spotting weather trends, monitoring local climate change impacts and informing future hazard mapping, municipal planning and zoning decisions. 

All of these tools can be found at www.rvca.ca/watershed-conditions

Should flooding occur, the first response is up to property owners. Make sure you have emergency contact information for your municipality on hand, and create an emergency plan to minimize flood-related property damages and to keep people safe. If you don’t have a plan, now’s the time to make one – there are plenty of excellent resources online, including on the RVCA website. You can also refer to RVCA's 2021 Flood Contingency Plan for detailed flood response information. 

The first step for flood preparation is staying informed about the watershed’s current conditions. To receive notifications about flood risks and warnings, subscribe to our Flood Forecasting and Warning newsletter at www.rvca.ca/about-us/join-our-mailing-lists.

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WESTPORT, Feb. 19, 2021 – A new story trail adventure at Foley Mountain Conservation Area is bringing new meaning to Ontario’s winter wonderland as families get outside this winter. 

“Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner with art by Christopher Silas Neal brings to life the magical world happening under the snow while teaching kids how different animals survive the winter. 

From hibernating bumblebees to “tough guy” chickadees, the book “evokes a lot of imagination,” said site supervisor Rebecca Whitman, who is also the lead outdoor educator at the park. 

“Kids can connect the words to what’s happening in the forest around them,” Whitman said. “It also gets kids thinking about animals that aren’t front and centre in the winter, like bees and frogs. It’s not always about the snowshoe hares.”

The book has been posted page by page along the beginning of the Blue Trail, which starts at the Spy Rock picnic area. At each stop, there are fun activities to try along with the pages.

Visitors can follow the story and then circle back on the road for a total hike of about 1 km, or they can hike the entire 3.2 km Blue Trail after they finish the story. And everyone should check out the unique winter view of Westport from Spy Rock before they go.

Whitman said the new Story Trail will stay up as long as the snow is on the ground – and it might even be especially exciting to visit once the snow starts to melt, because that’s when evidence of animal activity might be more visible.

This is not the first Story Trail for Foley Mountain. Last year Whitman posted The Gruffalo along the Mobility Trail near the interpretive centre, but the road to that trail is not always accessible in the winter.

While the park is open to all visitors, Whitman said those who don’t live in the local green zone should consider a hike in their own community instead, in accordance with provincial health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Visitors should bring a mask for crowded areas and be prepared to turn around if the park is too busy. Whitman said local visitors can avoid crowds by visiting on weekdays or early in the morning. Washrooms are currently available at the Education and Group Camping Area and Interpretive Centre.  Other facilities are closed, and visitors should pack out any garbage or waste.

For complete details about Foley Mountain, including trail maps, rules and advance parking payment, visit www.rvca.ca/conservation-areas/fee-required/foley-mountain-ca. For complete COVID-19 rules in our conservation areas visit www.rvca.ca/covid-19.

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February 18, 2021

Neighbourhood Flood Maps

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Within the RVCA’s regulated floodplainstaff have identified a number of Flood Vulnerable Areas throughout the watershed where flood events may have an impact on nearby properties. (See watershed map and table).

A series of new Neighbourhood Flood Maps for 20 vulnerable City of Ottawa communities along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers shows the potential extent of flooding for 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, 1:20, 1:50 and 1:100 year return period floods for these neighbourhoods. 

NOTE: These maps are for informational purposes only and are not as exact as those used for regulatory purposes. 

New Edinburgh Kingsview Park Brantwood Park
Rideau Gardens Windsor Ave Warrington Dr
Brewer Park Summerside Dr Hurst Marina
Commodore Lane Lorne Bridge Rd Fennel Lane
Rideau Valley Dr (Kars) Lannin & Sheppard Lane Hilly Lane
Rideau Glen Eligh Lane Boise Village/Morin Rd
Grandview West Grandview East  

Please note:

  • The 1:2 year return period flood event has a 50% chance of occurring in any year.
  • The 1:5 year return period flood event has a 20% chance of occurring in any year.
  • The 1:10 year return period flood event has a 10% chance of occurring in any year.
  • The 1:20 year return period flood event has a 5% chance of occurring in any year.
  • The 1:50 year return period flood event has a 2% chance of occurring in any year.
  • The 1:100 year return period flood event has a 1% chance of occurring in any year.

 All Rideau River Additional Flood Maps are based on recorded flow at the Rideau at Ottawa [02LA004] gauge, located at Carleton University. The two Grandview Ottawa River Additional Flood Maps are based on recorded flow at the Ottawa River at Britannia [02KF005] gauge. The Boise Village/Morin Road Additional Flood Map is based on recorded water levels at the RVCA Cumberland gauge.

DISCLAIMER:   Users of the RVCA flow data and water level data are cautioned to consider the unverified nature of the information before using it for decisions that concern personal or public safety or the conduct of business. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority assumes no responsibility for the correctness of the information contained in this website nor liability to any user of such information, regardless of the purpose. River levels and flows can change rapidly.

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Address:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

Phone:
613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504

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Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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