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Technical Advisor I, II

Company: Nunavut Impact Review Board
Location : Cambridge Bay,NU
Company Profile

The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) was established through the Nunavut Agreement (1993) to be an independent agency responsible for providing Government with determinations regarding the potential impacts of proposed development projects, whether or not they should be permitted, and if so, under what terms and conditions. The NIRB is Nunavut's impact assessment authority, responsible for all of the land and marine areas of the Nunavut Settlement Area, approximately 1/5 of Canada.

We play an important role in shaping the future of Nunavut, Canada’s youngest and largest territory. The NIRB provides its employees with significant opportunities for job satisfaction, personal growth and career advancement. The NIRB offers competitive salaries as well as relocation assistance, a significant Northern Living Allowance, Vacation Travel Assistance and other benefits.

Job Description

The Technical Advisor I and II positions lead the impact assessments of proposed development projects and the monitoring programs for approved projects referred to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) under Article 12 of the Nunavut Agreement and Part 3 of the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act. With a focus on managing multiple screening level assessments and assisting in the assessments for major development projects, this position advises senior management on technical issues, ensuring that assessments are undertaken in a fair, inclusive and timely manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Coordinates and leads the impact assessments of proposed projects:

  • Strong focus on drafting public correspondence, technical reports and recommendations on behalf of the NIRB
  • Reviews technical documentation and comment submissions, delivering accessible and objective summaries, findings and recommendations
  • Provides consideration for traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in environmental assessment
  • Assists with community-level consultation with potentially affected individuals, groups and organizations

2. Provides support to NIRB Monitoring Programs:

  • Monitors tracking systems to evaluate status/compliance with regulatory instruments
  • Monitors compliance with terms and conditions of NIRB screening decisions
  • Assists in conducting site visits to assess regulatory compliance and environmental protection

3. Represents the Board in a professional manner:

  • Assists with the facilitation of community meetings, technical workshops and public hearings with regulatory agencies and stakeholders
  • Liaises with potentially affected communities and interested parties regarding projects under assessment by NIRB or approved by the Board
  • Provides administrative support for incoming/outgoing correspondence and maintenance of the public registry on an as-needed basis

Applicants should possess knowledge of:

  • Familiarity with the provisions of the Nunavut Agreement and Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act
  • Impact assessment procedures and processes, as well as matters related to environmental legislation and regulations
  • Subject matter and lines of inquiry regarding environmental assessment, biophysical, social and economic environments
  • Environmental monitoring, mitigation and adaptive management strategies and techniques for a variety of development types
  • Consultation strategies and project management techniques for coordinating and carrying out environmental screenings of project proposals

Applicants should possess the following skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Efficiency in Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Project management software considered an asset
  • Written and/or conversational fluency in Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun considered a strong asset

Applicants should possess the following abilities:

  • Collate and manage large amounts of information efficiently
  • Summarize information and highlight important issues
  • Task prioritization and effective time management
  • Summarize complex ideas and principles for non-technical audiences
  • Cope with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities
  • Maintain discretion and the highest level of confidentiality

Applicants should possess the following education and experience:

  • Graduate degree in Environmental Sciences and/or Natural Sciences or related area(s)
  • Alternative acceptable education and training preparation includes an Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Studies and/or Natural Sciences supplemented with several years’ work experience in positions having same or similar work responsibilities
  • Up-to-date professional designation in a relevant field considered an asset
  • Personal and professional experience in the Arctic or in a cross-cultural setting considered an asset

Check out the community's website at www.cambridgebay.ca 

Experience life on the edge of the Northwest Passage in the hamlet of Cambridge Bay, an economic hub for the region’s active resource sector. Cambridge Bay is also known as Iqaluktuttiaq or ‘good fishing place’, a community in every sense of the word where recreational opportunities abound. Indulge in fishing, hiking, kayaking, kite-skiing, snowmobiling or just sit back and marvel at the Northern Lights - working for the NIRB in Cambridge Bay provides access to a true Arctic adventure!

About this competition:
Priority consideration will be given to qualified Nunavut Inuit. Positions may be filled at a Technical Advisor I or Technical Advisor II classification, or remain unfilled if no suitable candidate is found.