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National Occupational Standards Specialist

Company: ECO Canada
Location : Calgary,AB
Company Profile

ECO Canada trains and certifies Canada’s environmental professionals. We maintain Canada’s premier online job board and training academy for environmental careers and set the standards for certified Environmental Professionals (EPs). Since 1992, all of ECO Canada’s services are responsive to industry demand with insight from ongoing labour market research.

We provide competitive benefits and compensation with a great work environment. We are serious about performance, but we also know how to celebrate successes and have fun along the way!

Job Description

ECO Canada is seeking an individual looking for a significant career opportunity with ECO Canada. We create, maintain and use NOS (National Occupational Standards) for environmental employment. The ECO Canada NOS are unique within Canada. For a full report on the NOS Competencies, click here for English and here for French. The main NOS are used to certify close to 3,000 EP (Environmental Professional®) and EP(t) (Environmental Professional in training) workers. They form the backbone of 25 accredited Environmental Studies programs in 22 post-secondary university and colleges across Canada.  They are building blocks to a large body of labour market research conducted by ECO Canada. They capture the ethical principles to which the important work conducted by the environmental workforce must adhere. A second set of supplementary NOS is used for BEAHR (Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources) training programs which are delivered to indigenous communities. 

This position will play a key role in ensuring that the NOS evolve in line with developments in environmental practice in Canada, and that they are being used effectively by stakeholders.


Maintenance of existing NOS

  • Oversee pass/fail statistics on use of the NOS with EP® and EP(t) applicants
  • Identify and assemble other information sources on gaps in the NOS

Managing revisions to NOS

  • Developing and implementing planned review processes to identify needs for updating
  • Responding to ad hoc events which affect the NOS
  • Develop and manage research to update NOS when needed, which may involve fine-tuning using internal resources or major revisions managing subcontracts

Liaison with External Stakeholders who use the NOS

  • Becoming a point of contact with Post-Secondary program directors of accredited programs
  • Developing approaches to using NOS with HR industry professionals for their hiring and training purposes

Liaison with internal ECO stakeholders who use the NOS

  • Ensuring that linkages between LMI (Labour market Intelligence) research and the NOS are adequate
  • Developing approaches to keeping ECO Canada career profiles on the website consistent with updated NOS work.

Maintaining Documentation and Administrative Systems

  • Ensuring that all activities are documented sufficiently to support detailed government reporting and internal cross-departmental communications


  • Candidates for the position should present academic credentials and at least 3 years work experience in positions related to labour classification and / or standards. The employment experience does not have to be specific to environmental employment, although that would be a bonus.
  • The position requires an individual with a unique combination of conceptual ability, verbal and numeracy skills. Working with NOS requires a high level of understanding of work components, the ability to combine the detail into big-picture patterns, and the ability to choose words to communicate accurately. The fact that ECO Canada uses the NOS to certify workers brings a new dimension to the requirements, namely: an aptitude for relating quantitative analysis to pass/fail standards.
  • ECO Canada is a national organization. Fluency in both official languages is not a requirement of the position but is a definite benefit.

This role is a full-time position, with a three-month probationary period upon start date. If you feel you are the perfect fit for the position and looking to join a company culture that is fun, flexible and defined by our collective drive for success, please apply now through our website.  Applicants who do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.