Source: BC Hydro
Job Title: Natural Resource Specialist - Site C(Fort St. John)
Job Number: BCH-T-3785-170104E1
Job Location: Fort St John Site C Construction Office, British Columbia, Canada
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Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.
We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.
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Site C will be the third dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. The project will provide 1,100 megawatts (MW) of capacity and about 5,100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy each year to the province’s integrated electricity system. Project components include an earthfill dam, diversion tunnel, generating station, spillway and associated structures, an 83-kilometre-long reservoir, re-alignment of six sections of Highway 29, and two 77-kilometre transmission lines along an existing right-of-way connecting Site C to Peace Canyon. The $8.3 billion project is estimated to be complete by 2024, and will use 10,000 person-years of direct construction labour.
- Prepares terms of reference, budget estimates, related analytical and other research reports for portions of fish- and wildlife-related research programs and projects; determines project approach and objectives, parameters, costs and staff requirements and establishes priorities; reviews, evaluates and recommends selection of consultants and reviews their reports to determine technical acceptability.
- Prepares work plans, work schedules and implements portions of programs for mitigating and/or compensating for the effects of new and existing BC Hydro facilities and construction, operations and maintenance activities, on fish, wildlife, and other natural resources and systems; inspects, monitors and administers projects.
- Conducts field reviews and inspections of construction, operations, maintenance and waste management/pollution prevention activities; monitors compliance with environmental permits and Hydro's best management practices; may provide technical direction to field personnel in sampling techniques; prepares and ensures that contingency and closure plans are valid; reviews documentation, terms of references, standards, guidelines and summaries of requirements for technical content to ensure they comply with current environmental and safety legislation.
- Participates in environmental reviews of operating facilities to identify potential environmental impacts and associated mitigation methods. Makes recommendations in accordance with established protocols related to the upgrading of facilities or mitigating the impacts of BC Hydro's operations.
- Communicates with administrative, engineering, regulatory, agencies, First Nations, public groups, program and technical staff regarding the impact and ramifications on facilities and operations on a variety of natural resources; ensures that environmental issues, objectives and strategies are considered and incorporated into operational plans.
- Provides biological and/or scientific information at public meetings, license hearings, and to program or environmental groups; develops and conducts training and presentation sessions as required; provides technical advice and instructions to field personnel in the event of emergency environmental problems.
- Is deployed to the field to respond to unforeseen environmental concerns by helping to direct mitigation by assigning tasks to others.
- Provides technical direction and expert advice to area/program or cross-discipline staff at the technical committee level or contractors involved in assigned projects.
- Performs some or all of the duties of the Natural Resource Specialist 1.
- Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties that do not affect the rating of the job.
- Completion of a Bachelor degree in Natural Resource or Environmental Studies with at least three (3) years of relevant work experience or as an equivalent, completion of Technologist Diploma in Natural Resources or Environmental Studies with four (4) years of relevant work experience.
- Must be eligible for the Biologist in Training designation with the College of Applied Biology.
- Valid BC Driver’s License required.
- This position is affiliated with the Movement of United Professionals union (MoveUP/COPE). http://moveuptogether.ca
- Remote Incentive of 12% of salary/wages will be provided to Full Time Temporary employees for MOU 15 Site C.
- This location is eligible for Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit. The Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit is extended to Full-Time Regular, Part-Time Regular and Full-Time Temporary employees who are permanently working in eligible remote locations.
- Applicants with a professional biologist designation would be an asset.
- A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Driver's License: Class 5
- These positions are under MOU 15 to provide environmental monitoring and construction support services to the Site C Clean Energy project.
- Experience with extensive driving, including off-road driving, and previous all-weather outdoor work experience will be required.
- Spends approximately 60 to 70% of time in the field. Exposed to all types of weather conditions at work sites that may be remote. Approximately 10% of time is spent in a vehicle. Regular exposure to river and lake conditions when performing field work. May be required to operate boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, 4x4 trucks on rough access roads. Climbs or walks on uneven, steep and/or rough terrain in all weathers during field work.
- During working shifts the monitor must reside in housing located close to the work area.
- Working from a helicopter may be required in this role.
- These positions are MOU 15 COPE Full Time Temporary Group 10 positions for approximately seven-eight years headquartered in Fort St. John.
- BC Hydro conducts pre-placement medical checks of applicants entering certain positions to help safeguard BC Hydro’s workplace. As part of the selection process, you may be required to demonstrate successful completion of a pre-placement medical check.
- Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit their applications online at https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html by January 18th, 2017.
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