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Environmental Technician / Coordinator

Company: West Coast Reduction Ltd.
Location : Vancouver,BC
Company Profile

For more than 50 years, West Coast Reduction Ltd. has been providing a vital service. From our early roots as a butcher to our modern rendering facilities, we’ve created safe, environmentally friendly recycling solutions for the agriculture industry. 

At West Coast Reduction, ‘nothing’ is important to us.  Because when there’s nothing left - that’s when we’ve done our job.  We collect food waste and by-products from food producers, like farms, restaurants and supermarkets, transforming them in ingredients used in renewable energy, animal feed, and thousands of other products we use every day.  Our efforts contribute to a sustainable local food supply, and help us all live in cleaner and healthier communities.

While insects, birds, and animals provide a natural cleanup service, humans create more waste streams than nature can take care of. That’s where rendering comes in.  As an intergral part of a sustainable local food chain, rendering keeps energy in the system by creating high value products from materials that would be otherwise sent to land fill or compost.

Job Description

THE OPPORTUNITY:

As the Environmental Technician based at our Vancouver Plant (105 Commercial Drive North), you will become heavily immersed in the technical and environmental operations across our BC, AB and SK plant divisions. The primary responsibility of the role is to support the Environmental Manager in ensuring the Company’s policies and protocols adhere to all relevant environmental regulations. This is a hands-on position suited for new graduates or those with a couple years of field experience looking to pursue their next step in the environment field. Day-to-day responsibilities include report writing, active participation in field sample testing (soil, water, air), site inspections such as plant walk-throughs, auditory practices, and special project work for new environmental initiatives. The role involves occasional overnight travel to plant locations in three provinces.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Support the continued maintenance of company program and policies for adherence to local, provincial and federal environmental regulations
  • Manage programs related to environmental certification or standards (eg. Green Marine, ISO 14001, etc.)
  • Inspection of WCRL facilities and operational work areas to ensure SOPS and other standards are in compliance
  • Hands-on collection and data analysis of soil, wastewater, air quality samples
  • Prepare reports related to air quality, wastewater treatment, greenhouse gas emissions and other metrics
  • Provide recommendations on operational or procedural improvements in the production process to meet environmental standards
  • Review and update environmental policies and procedure manuals
  • Progressive responsibility for the coordination of new projects such as application of new environmental certifications on energy conservation, sustainability, environmental reporting, industrial process air and wastewater treatment, pollution prevention, etc. as directed by the Environmental Manager

WE’RE LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO:

  • Possess a Diploma in Environmental Technology or equivalent education from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Knowledge of field testing and sample collection (air/water/soil), interpretation of results, and regulatory reporting a strong asset
  • Ability to travel periodically to other WCRL divisions across Western Canada required
  • Valid Class 5 Driving Licence preferred
  • Prior work experience in a similar role, or equivalent co-op or field work practicum position
  • Proficiency in English, both written and verbal, with excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of industrial operations or willingness to learn production processes and the ability to work with little supervision
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Adaptable to adverse conditions including an industrial production environment with raw materials, odours and exposure to animal by-products

WHY JOIN OUR TEAM?

  • Chance to build a stable career with a reputable, family-owned company of more than 450 employees
  • Continuous training and development available
  • Full compensation package provided to full-time employees (including extended health benefits and RRSP matching for employee contributions)

INTERESTED CANDIDATES ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION BY EMAIL TO CAREERS [AT] WCRL.COM. 

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.