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Environmental Performance Officer (Term)
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Halifax, NS, CANADA;
Job Category: Environmental ; Other Environmental Jobs
Job Industry: Government and Public Sector
Job Career Level: Experienced
Year(s) of Experience: 4
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: Jan 10, 2013

Job Posting Date: January 10 2013
Expression of Interest: EOI 13-001U

Environmental Performance Officer
Energy & Environment
Planning & Infrastructure

Note: This is a term position, filling for a maternity leave

The Environmental Performance Officer is a senior professional subject matter expert in a broad range of environmental matters. The Environmental Performance Officer (EPO) is accountable for providing expert and professional judgement on matters that could have serious long and short term implications on the environmental sustainability of the Region. In this capacity the EPO is responsible for the study, planning, development, and execution of environmental monitoring and measurement projects related to HRM’s integrated approach to clean air, land, water and energy. The Environmental Performance Officer may also be involved with the coordination of technical and science support staff involved in these activities, including external consultants, experts and others. The EPO also plays a critical role in building awareness and precipitating action with regard to environmental sustainability matters both within the HRM organization and in the community at large. This includes building and maintaining relationships with: members of the public, HRM staff in other business units, external interest groups, other agencies and levels of government, and Halifax Regional Council. The EPO contributes to the efficient, accurate, professional and coordinated delivery of environmental services. The work location is 90 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS


• Conducts environmental sampling field work to do with land, air and water within HRM, including equipment maintenance, vehicle operation, sample collection and delivery, liaison with analytical labs, data management and tracking of results, and interpretation of results
• Undertakes research, investigates and communicates with others on environmental performance of the Municipality and makes effective recommendation to Manager to assist in formulation of corporate position on environmental issues
• Maintains complex data bases related to environmental performance measurement
• Initiates, implements, coordinates and administers environmental performance and related measurements and data for the corporate environmental sustainability reporting system and related efforts
• Undertakes research, investigates and communicates with others on the assessment and quantification of the effectiveness of HRM’s environmental initiatives
• Liaises with other business units and external agencies, developers, consultants, groups and departments in the compiling, conversion and analysis of land, air and water quality or other environmental data from a variety of sources and formats, and maintains data bases and data links to GIS
• Writes and prepares reports, presentations, and background material for Council or other public forums
• Formulates departmental positions on environmental issues
• Contributes to establishing corporate positions on a variety of environmental initiatives originating outside of the organization Outreach/Education
• Builds positive public and private sector relationships and partnerships;
• Facilitates teams and stakeholder groups to achieve positive outcomes;
• Represents department in various public forums;
• Facilitates public and Council buy-in to municipal initiatives;
• Collects, prepares, writes, organizes public education and awareness information with respect to clean air, land and water and environmental performance measuring and reporting;
• Maintains and updates on-line public sustainable environment information;
• Liaises and communicates with environment-related stakeholders and groups, HRM Boards, Community Councils and Regional Council;
• Assists in the preparation of Regional Council Reports and other public documents;
• Assists, provides technical and administrative support in a number of corporate environmental strategies and initiatives such as:
Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (Regional Plan)
Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs)
Environmental Sustainability
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Project work
• Coordinates and administers the activities of consultants, contractors
• Coordinates with technical support staff, i.e. GIS mapping technicians and summer staff
• Assists with the preparation of proposals, tender documents, reports, price agreements for related clean air, land and water services
• Liaises with other business units and external agencies, groups and departments in the collection, compilation and reporting of data for the sustainability reporting system Business Planning
• Provides advice on the long and short term environmental priorities
• Provides strategic direction toward ensuring that environmental services provided are aligned with Council Focus Areas, EMT Priorities, and Planning & Infrastructure business plan
• Identifies and advances opportunities to improve understanding and awareness of environmental issues with other HRM departments, Council and members of the public

Education and Experience
• Post secondary degree in environmental science, environmental engineering or a suitable combination of training and experience in municipal (or equivalent) operations;
• A minimum of 4 years experience in directly related environmental science and/or environmental engineering;
• Proficient with computers with strong working knowledge of word processing, spread sheets, data bases, Hansen, GIS applications and environmental performance measuring and reporting;
• Financial analysis skills are a plus;
• Must possess a valid Nova Scotia drivers licence and be prepared to use personal vehicle for HRM business;
Technical/Job Specific Knowledge
• Knowledge of environmental sustainability and environmental performance measuring
• Knowledge of provincial and federal environmental regulations and acts
• Knowledge of municipal acts, by-laws, policies and procedures
• Knowledge of CCME environmental quality guidelines
• Knowledge of environmental quality sampling methods and equipment, data analysis and interpretation
• Knowledge of environmental science mitigation, best management practices for environmental protection
• Knowledge of pollution prevention methods
• Knowledge of software and technology such as Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), spreadsheets, etc. .

In addition to specific experience and knowledge necessary for the job, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated strength in, but not limited to, the following HRM competencies: Achievement, Analytical Thinking, Communication, Customer Service, Impact and Influence, and Valuing Diversity.

Job description

WORKING HOURS: 35 Hours per Week, Monday to Friday. Additional hours may be required to Project Schedules, including the attendance of evening public meetings.

WORKING CONDITIONS: General office environment.
SALARY: NSUPE Level 10: $35.21 per hour 
CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight January 16, 2013.

As an Employment Equity employer; the Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking to increase the representation of qualified racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions if other qualified candidates are not available, and the retiree possesses specialized knowledge and/or a unique skill set not otherwise available. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

Once you have submitted your resume, on line questionnaires will appear and they must be answered in order to be considered for this position.
po# 78608755

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