General Manager

General Manager

  • Posted by MG UG
  • On January 13, 2021
  • Full Time
  • Souris

Souris River Watershed District (SRWD)

General Manager
Souris, MB

On behalf of the Souris River Watershed District, we are recruiting for an experienced and highly organized General Manager to lead the day-to-day operations and projects of the new Watershed District. Under the direction and authority of the Souris River Watershed District (SRWD) board, the General Manager (GM) is the staff lead for the Watershed District (WD) and provides leadership and management for all functions and activities occurring in pursuit of the District’s goals as described in the SRWD Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) which is currently in development. The ideal candidate will have experience leading and implementing conservation and environmental projects while being accountable for direct communication and executive level support to team and board members, surrounding communities, and stakeholders.

The General Manager is responsible for:

  • Under the direction and authority of the SRWD board, serving as staff lead on all activities related to the operation of the SRWD.
  • Overseeing operations of WD program delivery and ensuring that all activities are directed towards the SRWD mission and goals. Including: staffing, budgeting, annual work plans program planning and delivery, and the development of partnerships within the watershed.
  • Working closely with the board, staff, and partners to ensure appropriate revenues for WD program delivery.
  • Developing and stewarding relationships with key partners to promote and advance WD goals, including; local stakeholders, sub-districts, municipalities, First Nations, provincial and federal governments and departments, and non-government organizations.
  • Leading WD fundraising activities to ensure adequate financial support for WD programs and progress towards IWMP goals. These activities include stewarding the annual provincial grant and municipal levies as well as securing external funding from a wide variety of sources.
  • Providing monthly progress reports to the SRWD Board and an overall annual report.
  • Serving as lead on staffing and human resource issues, including annual performance evaluations, staff training and development, and hiring.
  • Overseeing all WD communications which includes maintaining and creating content for the WD website as well as managing the WD presence on social media platforms.

About you and your experience:

  • Graduate from a recognized post-secondary institute with specialization in Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or related discipline. A combination of relevant education and experience will be considered.
  • Thorough knowledge of agricultural practices and land use, water/soil management and watershed planning and program delivery.
  • Supervisory and human resource management experience with teams of 5 or more full-time permanent staff from a variety of disciplines (conservation program delivery, finance, policy development, etc.)
  • Experience in applying for grants and other external funding is a critical requirement.
  • Project and financial management experience at a scale relevant to the WD 2020 budget -approx. $1.8 million.
  • Training and experience in Geographic information Systems (GlS) applications and mapping tools.
  • Good working knowledge of the Souris River Watershed (geographic area and important land use issues), the Souris River Watershed District (mandate and objectives) and the Manitoba Watershed Districts Program.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel or equivalent software applications.
  • Experience working with local boards and municipalities is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to work/communicate with diverse stakeholder groups, experience giving presentations to a variety of audiences, and experience with technical reports, business correspondence, public communications, and media management.
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management; ability to manage multiple projects, priorities and office sites required.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid full stage Manitoba Class 5 driver’s license
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime-and travel within Manitoba, including overnight stays as required.

Souris River Watershed District offers:

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Group Benefits & RRSP Plan
  • Flexible Work Schedule

Meet the Souris River Watershed District:

On January 1, 2020, the West Souris River Conservation District (formed 1995) and the Turtle Mountain Conservation District (formed 1978) merged to form the Souris River Watershed District. The Souris River Watershed District envisions a healthy, sustainable and diverse landscape capable of providing economic, social and environmental benefits for current and future generations. The district works to achieve this vision through progressive, community driven efforts dedicated to raising awareness about sustainable land and water stewardship practices and providing incentives for conservation programming. Current programming is directly tied to the unique priorities of the West Souris River and East Souris River integrated watershed management plans. A new integrated watershed management plan is currently under development for the new Souris River Watershed District that will guide its programming and operations into the future.

The watershed district includes the following nine municipal partners:

  • Municipality of Boissevain-Morton
  • Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester
  • Municipality of Souris-Glenwood
  • Rural Municipality of Pipestone
  • Municipality of Brenda-Waskada
  • Municipality of Grassland
  • Municipality of Two Borders
  • Rural Municipality of Sifton

Programs offered by the watershed district to enhance water management in the district include abandoned well sealing, well water testing, small water storage projects, alternative watering systems, rain gardens, wetland restoration, and riparian fencing. Grassed waterways and streambank stabilization, forage seeding, shelterbelt plantings and salinity soil testing are program offered to protect soils in the district. The Souris River Watershed District also conserves habitat for wildlife through Species at Risk partnerships on Agricultural Lands and Conservation Agreement partnership programs. The district also collaborates with the Burrowing Owl Recovery program to provide habitat for the endangered Burrowing Owl. The Souris River Watershed District operates from two offices located in Reston and Deloraine.

How to Apply:

Please click the green “APPLY” button at the top of this page or you may also apply directly to Krista Scherpenzeel by emailing your resume in confidence to
For further information about this career opportunity, please feel free to contact Krista Scherpenzeel at (204) 938-4011.


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