Canada nationals: Senior Environmental Protection Officer

British Columbia Public Service
Various, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Senior Environmental Protection Officer
Licensed Science Officer 3 - Designation Professional Engineer

This position can be based out of any of the following Ministry Office locations, subject to operational requirements and constraints at the time of offer: Cranbrook, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Prince George, Smithers, Surrey, Victoria, Williams Lake.
We are currently recruiting for a position on the Mining Team in the Regional Operations Branch; however, an eligibility list may be established for future similar positions on this and other teams in the Regional Operations Branch, in any of the above locations.
Confirmation of the following certification/membership is required at the time of a job offer following this competition:
Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia [EGBC].

Influence and engage in complex natural resource initiatives

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of BC’s water, land, air and living resources. The Ministry mitigates and manages the risks and consequences from climate change, including developing plans to set and meet carbon pollution reduction targets. It also oversees provincial government assessment. Staff expertise in policy, science, research and analysis are central to supporting all Ministry responsibilities. Ministry legislation, regulation and public outreach activities ensure a safe and healthy environment for British Columbians, while supporting a strong, sustainable economy.

The Ministry’s Environmental Protection Division works to protect human and environmental health. The Division’s main goals are to improve air quality; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve surface and ground water quality, including drinking water sources; re-develop a provincial plan for reducing and removing toxins and waste that contaminate the land, air and water - and for responding to high-risk environmental emergencies; and, enhance environmental stewardship, shared with other stakeholders.

The Senior Environmental Protection Officer protects the environment by providing authoritative and professional advice to others on the Environmental Management Act and the management of industrial, municipal, agricultural, point and non-point source wastes and hazardous materials. This role leads regional and area-based environmental protection planning, developing systematic approaches, policies and regulations. Additionally, this position manages authorizations of high-risk, complex and unique sites/situations in the region, conducting source monitoring to study impacts of toxins and wastes to lead compliance, continuous improvement and effective management of waste discharges into the environment.

The Senior Environmental Protection Officer position provides authoritative technical and policy advice to ministry staff, elected officials, industry and municipal executives, other agencies and the public on controversial or complex waste management issues. This role may also be accountable for reviewing and approving the work of Professional Engineers.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your résumé and applying for jobs, are available at the following link: Your Job Application. If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to before the stated closing time and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

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With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. In addition to this opportunity, the BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, great learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development options. On top of the base salary, regular, full time Professional Employee Association members are also entitled to an allowance to cover professional fees, 7% allowance in lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby [taken as time or money], have a 35 hour work week, and start off with 4 weeks’ annual paid vacation. Come, be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please visit What the BC Public Service offers You.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering or a related field and three [3] years of related* experience; OR,
  • Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Engineering Degree and five [5] years of related* experience.
  • Registered in good standing, or eligible for immediate* registration, as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia [EGBC].
    *Immediately eligible is defined as being a fully licensed registered professional engineer in good standing in an applicable jurisdiction and can be immediately transferred to EGBC. Confirmation of registration/eligibility is required before an offer of employment can be made.

*Related experience may include a combination of:

  • Experience related to environmental protection and industrial and/or municipal waste management, such as:
    • Experience with reduction, recycling, treatment and disposal technologies.
    • Experience with environmental monitoring, assessments and internal and external reporting related to waste discharges.
    • Experience developing and/or implementing environmental management planning processes such as Waste Management Planning, waste hierarchy and waste prevention applied to industrial and/or municipal operations for different waste streams.
    • Experience with environmental risk management, risk mitigation methods and principles [hierarchy of controls, etc.].
    • Experience with investigations, reporting and management of environmental emergencies, including hazardous waste spills, incidents and accidents.
    • Experience with contaminated sites management.
  • Experience in project management and continuous improvement applied on multiple environmental management projects or initiatives.
  • Experience working with operators, supervisors, executives and clients from a diverse background to develop and implement environmental management programs.

Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:

  • Direct experience with the development and use of conceptual site models to assess and manage contaminant transport and discharges to the environment.
  • Experience with the regulation and management of waste discharges to the environment.
  • Experience working for or with environmental regulatory agencies.
  • Working knowledge and/or experience with the BC Environmental Management Act.
  • Experience working in the mining sector.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.

A Criminal Record Check [CRC] will be required.


Professional Designation: YES - Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered [or immediately eligible for registration] as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia [EGBC].  Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with EGBC. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Résumé: YES - Ensure your résumé includes your educational accomplishments, employment history, including job titles, start and end dates [month and year] and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire [Comprehensive]: YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed in the job profile. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history, including job titles, start and end dates [month and year] of your employment, and your job related responsibilities, accountabilities and accomplishments. Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your résumé may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.