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Specialist, Reclamation and Engagement

Company: BC Oil and Gas Commission
Location : Fort St. John,BC
Job Description

Specialist, Reclamation and Engagement
Permanent, Full Time
Competition Number: 201903
BC Oil & Gas Commission, Fort St. John
Grid 27: $83,078.39 - $94,885.32*

*Posted salary includes a JFMM Allowance of 20% and a Location Allowance of 3%

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is the provincial single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for regulating oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Specialist, Reclamation and Engagement (Specialist) provides technical and expert oversight of the planning and execution of the reclamation of orphan sites under oversight of the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund (OSRF) that serve to mitigate financial and environmental risks associated with orphaned sites in British Columbia. This includes supporting and overseeing technical and interpersonal areas of the collaborative partnerships with First Nations communities related to orphan site treatment and closure, leading the stakeholder notification and engagement component of the orphan restoration program, and developing and executing relationship building strategies and programs.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field such as Engineering, Environmental Science, Reclamation and Remediation, Biology, Petroleum Technology, Land and Resource Management, Science, Geography and 5 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and 7 years related experience
  • Eligibility for designation as a Professional Agrologist, Engineer, Geoscientist, Biologist or Forester would be an asset
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and technical execution of upstream oil and gas investigation, remediation and reclamation programs
  • Proven experience in stakeholder relations and building relationships
  • Demonstrated experience with project management principles and tools
  • Experience leading or participating in, facilitations and conflict resolution with affected stakeholders
  • Experience working with and interpreting applicable environmental regulations, legislation and policy related to the oil and gas sector and First Nations interests
  • Knowledge of current economic, socio-political and public affairs issues facing the oil and gas industry
  • Experience developing procedural manuals and support documentation
  • Strong initiative to work autonomously
  • Experience with report writing and maintaining information databases
  • Knowledge of financial theory and principles

If you are interested in applying for this role and meet the minimum selection criteria, please select “Apply Now” and submit your cover letter and resume prior to midnight January 21, 2019. Please note applicants will only be contacted if they are selected to proceed further in the process. An eligibility list may be established.

For More Information: Recruitment 250-419-4463

POSITION TITLE: Specialist, Reclamation and Engagement, POSITION #: 573884

DIVISION: Applications & Operations CLASSIFICATION: Grid 27

Program Area: Operational Policy & Environment LOCATION: Fort St. John

SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Manager, Orphan Restoration POSITION #: 573871

SUPERVISOR’S CLASSIFICATION: Grid 30, LOCATION: Victoria

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is the provincial single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities forregulating oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation.

The Commission’s core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with
First Nations, ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation and cooperating with partner agencies. The public
interest is protected through the objectives of ensuring public safety, protecting the environment, conserving petroleum
resources and ensuring equitable participation in production.

JOB OVERVIEW:

The Specialist, Reclamation and Engagement (Specialist) provides technical and expert oversight of the planning and
execution of the reclamation of orphan sites under oversight of the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund (OSRF) that serve to
mitigate financial and environmental risks associated with orphaned sites in British Columbia.
This includes supporting and overseeing technical and interpersonal areas of the collaborative partnerships with First
Nations communities related to orphan site treatment and closure, leading the stakeholder notification and engagement
component of the orphan restoration program, and developing and executing relationship building strategies and
programs.

Responsible for the monitoring and execution of a number of phases of the orphan restoration lifecycle, the Specialist
works closely with the other members of the orphan restoration team and other Commission employees to execute the
annual work plan. Acting as the OSRF’s external relations expert, the Specialist is expected to provide direction and
expertise while building relationships with key partners, including land owners, First Nations, and industry.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:
1. Manages the delivery of the reclamation program (and other programs as required) under the OSRF including:

  • Prioritizes site work to mitigate risk to public safety and the environment and maximize area-based efficiencies
  • Balances competing priorities in carrying out restoration goals, including budget, resources, stakeholder concerns, remoteness, and land use values
  • Planning and managing the required field activities, including leading multiple teams of field consultants and contractors in the execution of reclamation activities
  • Provides financial control of contractor work programs with annual spending in excess of $1 million
  • Develops annual reclamation plans and reports, contributes to development of overall annual orphan work plan
  • Develops and implements program improvements to increase orphan oversight and reduce future liability exposure

2. Oversees projects with First Nations communities in the reclamation of orphan sites

  • Assists and provides information and expert guidance to First Nations natural resource departments in conducting risk assessments, and the development and execution of reclamation work plans
  • Proactively fosters and develops positive working relationships with First Nations leadership, communities, and technical staff
  • Gathers community knowledge to contribute to Commission initiatives to create culturally and ecologically appropriate restoration protocols that incorporate traditional knowledge, and consider First Nations concerns regarding standards, methods, timing and policies
  • Creates efficiencies in future engagement processes, and forms clearer engagement structures leading to lasting partnerships
  • Reports, as required, on milestones achieved, learnings, and future plans for reclamation programs
  • Hosts information and/or education sessions in communities as requested

3. Liaises with and builds working relationships with land owners affected by orphan sites

  • Documents maintenance needs, provides updates on site work, obtains any necessary approvals, and creates a dialogue to identify concerns and address complaints
  • Coordinates and further develops the land owner compensation program to reconcile lease obligations and improve efficiencies and the overall execution of the program
  • Develops and leads land owner relationship strategies and relationship building programs to better improve engagement and information sharing
  • Strong communication skills are imperative to diffuse situations of conflict, build trust, and reconcile outstanding issues in the pursuit of closure on orphan sites

4. Contributes to the development and analysis of liability measures and risk assessments to evaluate current and
future exposure to environmental risk

  • Develops and implements site investigation and reclamation risk assessment and liability estimate frameworks
  • Provides expertise in the development of an internal IT platform to manage the restoration lifecycle of the orphan site portfolio

5. Builds and fosters partnerships with a diverse range of internal staff and external stakeholders to ensure the project
goals are achieved. Facilitates linkages between the Liability Management programs and Orphan sites, as well as
project staff and internal stakeholders.

6. Performs field inspections on orphaned, at risk and problem sites to identify areas of potential concern

  • Provincial travel is required. Driving on low-grade roads in remote areas to access oil and gas sites
  • Physical demands include carrying equipment and collecting field samples for analysis.

7. Demonstrates flexibility to lead, as required, aspects of liability management projects in lieu of designated project
leads:

  • Leads the project planning and scoping exercise
  • Coordinates execution and monitoring of projects
  • Monitors resource requirements, identifies gaps and solutions
  • Identifies and analyzes risks and recommends approaches to mitigation
  • Liaises with subject matter experts on project activities

8. Administers the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund budget for the maintenance and reclamation programs, and land
owner compensation process, with annual expenditures in excess of one million dollars

ORGANIZATION CHART:

Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer

Executive Vice President,

Chief Operating Officer,

Applications & Operations Division Executive Director,

Orphans & Liabilities Director,

Liability Management Manager,

Orphan Restoration Specialist, Reclamation and Engagement (TOPIC POSITION)

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field such as Engineering, Environmental Science, Reclamation and Remediation, Biology, Petroleum Technology, Land and Resource Management, Science, Geography and 5 years related experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and 7 years related experience
  • Eligibility for designation as a Professional Agrologist, Engineer, Geoscientist, Biologist or Forester would be an asset.

Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in project management and technical execution of upstream oil and gas investigation, remediation and reclamation programs
  • Proven experience in stakeholder relations and building relationships
  • Demonstrated experience with project management principles and tools
  • Experience leading or participating in, facilitations and conflict resolution with affected stakeholders
  • Experience working with and interpreting applicable environmental regulations, legislation and policy related to the oil and gas sector and First Nations interests
  • Knowledge of current economic, socio-political and public affairs issues facing the oil and gas industry
  • Experience developing procedural manuals and support documentation
  • Strong initiative to work autonomously
  • Experience with report writing and maintaining information databases
  • Knowledge of financial theory and principles

KEY COMPETENCIES:

Adaptability: Willingness and ability to effectively work in and adapt to change.

Building Partnership with Stakeholders: the ability to build long-term or on-going relationships with stakeholders and rights-holders. This type of relationship is often quite deliberate and is typically focused on the way the relationship is conducted. Implicit in this competency is demonstrating a respect for and stating positive expectations of the stakeholder. Teamwork: Works cooperatively and productively with others to achieve results.

Enabling Others: Enables others to act by providing support, direction and needed resources.

Conflict Management: the ability to develop working relationships that facilitate the prevention and/or resolution of conflicts within the organization.

Focus on Priorities: Able to identify priority activities and remains focused on the highest priorities.