Senior Policy Analyst (Environmental and Regulatory) – Metro Vancouver

29 June 2023

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Senior Policy Analyst (Environmental and Regulatory)

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Project Delivery
Employee Group: Teamsters Local 31
Location: 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby
Salary Range/ Wage Rate: PG 28 $3,494.50 – $4,128.88 bi-weekly
Our Project Delivery Department is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst (Environmental Analyst) who will be involved in the formulation and implementation of environmental management strategies for large infrastructure projects. The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting the coordination of environmental permits, approvals, and permissions on the Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant (NLWWTP). The NLWWTP Upgrade Project is an integrated multi-phased program that includes the planning, design, and construction for the treatment plant and associated infrastructure that will service 280,000 people in Langley, Maple Ridge, and Pitt Meadows.
You are: An environmental professional that is passionate about major infrastructure projects.
This role:

  • Develops and makes recommendations on complex environmental strategies for major infrastructure projects.
  • Coordinates environmental requirements with permitting and regulatory requirements.
  • Identifies and helps develop and implement new environmental tools, systems, process, etc.
  • Researches, assembles, analyzes and interprets data related to various environmental issues.
  • Understands First Nations and stakeholder environmental concerns.
  • Reviews environmental language in the RFPs, proposals and contracts.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff, consultants, regulators, municipal counterparts, and other levels of government and non-governmental organizations; participates in committees, task forces and working groups involving the general public or other stakeholders; makes presentations to various internal and external groups; provides technical environmental advice to a superior and/or political committees; provides technical environmental assistance, direction and information to various stakeholders and staff.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in environmental issues in other jurisdictions; advises projects teams on environmental requirements and risks for legislation including but not limited to the Impact Assessment Act, BC Environmental Assessment Act, BC Water Sustainability Act, BC Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation, and the Riparian Area Protection Regulation.
  • Works closely with other departments in Metro Vancouver to advise on public and First Nations engagement processes that supports environmental requirements.
  • Develops and makes recommendations on environmental strategies and policy proposals; presents and defends environmental research, analysis and proposals to senior management.
  • Researches and prepares environmental information for project team, consultants, and regulators including, but not limited to, presentations, fact sheets, backgrounder, key messages, and story development.
  • Coordinates the environmental work of consultants and contractors; monitors consulting services and ensures compliance with environmental specifications and addresses related problems; may supervise technical staff in the absence of a superior.
  • Identifies and prioritizes project environmental risks.
  • Reviews contractor and consultant submittals for environmental considerations.
  • Reviews and comments on Contractor environmental management plans and work plans to ensure efficient and cost effective implementation.  Including meeting with the contractor to seek clarification and to resolve any environmental issues timely.
  • Ensures environmental management plans and BMPs are being followed appropriately. Identifies when environmental management plans require amendments and help coordinate the amendments.
  • Conducts routine site visit, emergency site visits, and site visits during activities with great environmental risk.
  • Ensures appropriate environmental reporting to internal and external teams and stakeholders are completed.
  • Supports the MV team and consultants that prepare permit applications and amendments.
  • Provides coaching and guidance to junior level staff.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Work within the Regulatory Strategy Team in Project Delivery.

To be successful, you have:

  • University graduation with a degree in an environmental science, natural resource management, or related discipline plus considerable related experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of Municipal, Provincial, and Federal legislation, including but not limited to the British Columbia (BC) Environmental Assessment Act, Impact Assessment Act of Canada, Water Sustainability Act, Environmental Management Act, Fisheries Act, Species at Risk Act, Riparian Area Protection Regulation, Contaminated Sites Regulation, United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
  • Experience working with regulatory agencies, including but not limited to, the BC Environmental Assessment Office, Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, IAAC, Transport Canada, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of researching, evaluating and analyzing data related to issues under review.
  • Considerable knowledge of sources of data and current literature, trends and developments in fields related to the work.
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret statistical, technical and narrative data and to prepare clear and concise studies, reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to interpret and apply departmental regulations, to formulate strategies and prepare recommendations regarding policy alternatives and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to make presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to direct and/or coordinate the work of consultants engaged in technical and research projects.
  • Driver’s Licence for the Province of British Columbia.
  • Ability to travel within Metro Vancouver.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve.  We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous People, visible minorities, immigrants, 2SLGBTQI+, all genders and persons with disabilities. 
Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by July 13, 2023.