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Approval Officer

Company: Natural Resources Conservation Board
Location : Red Deer,AB
Job Description

Title: Approval Officer

Reports to the Director of Field Services - Applications

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director, Field Services - Applications, this position works both independently and as part of a team of professionals located across Alberta. Approval officers are authorized by the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) to issue decisions on confined feeding operation applications. This position works with operators, municipalities and the confined feeding industry in Alberta to ensure that confined feeding operation applications meet the requirements of the act and its regulations. This position is responsible for reviewing technical information provided by applicants for the planning, siting and development of confined feeding facilities, and for coordinating the review of applications with municipalities and Government of Alberta ministries and agencies (referral agencies) as required. This position is also responsible for determining and issuing decisions in accordance with NRCB operational policies.

Responsibilities include:

• Evaluate applications to develop or expand confined feeding operations (CFOs) so that AOPA requirements and NRCB operational policy requirements are met.
• Make determinations of environmental risks at CFOs and ensure that risks are appropriately addressed when considering applications.
• Issue permits for new or expanding confined feeding operations and manure storage facilities in accordance with AOPA and NRCB operational policies, and evaluate construction compliance.
• Comply with NRCB requirements for data and records retention.
• Participate in other projects, responsibilities, and teamwork as required.

• Provide assistance in support of board reviews on major non-energy development applications as required.

• Bachelor of Science Degree with at least five years experience in related regulatory or environmental work. Additional related education may be considered in lieu of some experience.
• Membership or entitlement to membership in a related professional society.
• Good understanding of environmental risks related to the livestock industry.
• Knowledge of agricultural practices and/or livestock operations.
• Computer literate with good word processing, spreadsheet and database skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Working knowledge of relevant NRCB and government legislation, regulations and operational policies.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Self-motivated and able to coordinate multiple tasks at any one time.

Skills and Attributes:
Professional: Technically competent, well respected in his/her field. Demonstrates high ethical standards and an honest, open and consistent approach to working with people. Self motivated with special attention to detail and accuracy. Consistently meets deadlines with high quality work. Actively pursues continued education and professional development.

Problem-solving: Applies analytical skills and sound judgment to arrive at practical solutions to a diversity of issues.

Self Confidence: Confident in skills and abilities. Make timely and constructive recommendations and decisions.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; communicate effectively with specialists and non-specialists.

Organizational Skills: Able to handle a variety of projects at the same time. Excellent time management skills.

Interpersonal Skills: Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with people with strong view points.

Results-oriented: Achieves organizational objectives by anticipating problems, using initiative and identifying opportunities for resolution.

Teamwork:  Contributes to team and organizational success. Supports team members, shares success.

1. E-mail: Human Resources - hr@nrcb.ca

2. Fax: (780) 427-0607 or
3. Mail: Natural Resources Conservation Board
4th Floor, Sterling Place
9940 – 106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2N2

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday August 6, 2018
We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.