BluEarth Asset Management (“BEAM”) is a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc. (“BluEarth”), accountable for operations and maintenance of BluEarth’s renewable energy facilities.BluEarth is a private company focused upon commercial-scale renewable energy development and operations. As an independent renewable power producer, our goal is to build, own, and operate sustainable wind, water, and solar generation projects. At BluEarth, we are developing and operating a portfolio of energy projects that optimizes people, planet, and profits. We bring together extraordinary people with the power to change the future TM.
Our Core Values
- Be Passionate. We have an inner fire to do great work and leave the world a better place.
- Be Agile. We keep pace with the now and next and adapting to change runs through our veins.
- Be Proud. We go the extra mile because we are proud of our business and a job well done.
- Be Humble. We believe putting our ego aside and working together builds community and forges strong relationships.
- Be Persistent. We never give up and thrive on challenges that would unnerve others.
The Hydro Environmental Specialist will be based out of Sechelt, BC or North Vancouver, reporting to the Director, Hydro Operations. The position will be accountable for managing environmental programs and regulatory compliance for operational hydroelectric projects in BC within the operations functional team. This includes overseeing the implementation of complex, multi-year monitoring programs conducted by a suite of environmental consultants to meet the conditions of BluEarth’s permits and authorizations. The Environmental Specialist is also responsible for working with the operations team to ensure the facilities are operated in compliance with all permits and authorizations, and reporting requirements to regulatory agencies are met.
Accountabilities and Duties
- Manage existing Operational Environmental Monitoring Programs (OEMPs) and deliver annual reports to government agencies and stakeholders on time and on budget;
- Act as primary contact for consulting companies and contractors conducting technical components of OEMPs, including coordination of OEMP field work with BluEarth’s on-site hydro operations teams;
- Work with the operations team to ensure that the conditions of BluEarth’s hydro facility permits and authorizations are met, documented and effectively communicated to government agencies;
- Assist the operations team in ensuring compliance with conditions in facility-specific Operational Parameters and Procedures (OPP) reports;
- Responsible for annual compliance reporting outlined with each facilities’ OPPR;
- Manage the hydrometric monitoring program to ensure compliance gauges are maintained and data is available for various purposes (eg. financial, operational, compliance reporting);
- Follow up on recommendations made in annual OEMP reports to ensure that environmental compliance and mitigation/compensation measures are meeting permit requirements; and/or implement adaptive management measures when and where necessary;
- Liaise with local stakeholders and stewardship groups to communicate BluEarth’s ongoing commitment to environmental initiatives;
- Remain informed of current environmental regulations, standards, and best management practices;
- Participate in special operations projects from time to time and provide support to operational optimization or maintenance initiatives.
- Uphold all aspects of BluEarth’s Health, Safety and Environmental policies, practices, and programs;
- Uphold BluEarth’s values and consistently enhance the image and reputation of the Company; and
- Other duties as required.
- Degree or a technical diploma in Environmental Science, Biology & Management;
- Masters is strongly preferred; however, consideration will be given to those that possess equivalent experience and skills.
Experience and Skills
- Minimum eight years of experience in renewable energy and/or environmental assessment, natural resource monitoring, wildlife, and habitat impact assessment;
- Minimum of 10 years experience with environmental studies, and field work, in the natural resources sector, with British Columbia specific experience being an asset;
- Experience in the fields common to renewable energy effects assessment, including avian (bird and bat) assessments, aquatic (fish and fish habitat) assessments, and vegetation/terrestrial habitat classification;
- Experience with provincial and federal regulatory agencies (MFLNRO and DFO) and permitting requirements in British Columbia;
- Experience working with and managing specialist environmental consultants;
- Experience with construction environmental monitoring;
- Experience in the hydroelectricity / renewable energy industry considered an asset;
- Working knowledge and experience in wildlife survey and ecological assessment methodology, including the compilation and analysis of biological data and statistics, and the development of field sampling design;
- An understanding of species at risk legislation, impact assessment, and approval process;
- Demonstrated ability to provide project support to multiple concurrent projects;
- Significant and successful experience with environmental activities through all phases of project development, including permitting, construction, and operations;
- Proven experience in building strong relationships with regulators;
- Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and interact with diverse stakeholders;
- Ability to plan, schedule, track, and monitor permitting tasks and activities;
- Basic familiarity with mapping software (ESRI or similar) and shapefiles;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, with emphasis on Excel and Word;
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;
- Ability to work on multiple different projects and manage dynamic timelines and priorities;
- Highly flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing priorities;
- Strong sense of ownership for individual tasks and overall team objectives;
- Eagerness to learn and join an experienced team of renewable energy professionals;
- A general appreciation for the outdoors, environmental issues, and natural resource development.
- Valid class 5 driver’s license;
- Ability to work outside regular office hours when as required;
- Ability to travel to site up to 20% of the time, or as required;
- Ability to travel within Canada and Internationally; and
- Ability to work outside under challenging environmental conditions, including heat and cold.