DEPARTMENT: Community Services
LOCATION: Administration Offices - Valleyview, Alberta
Located in Northwest Alberta, the Municipal District of Greenview is a vast and diverse area rich in oil and gas, fertile farm-land, and mixed wood forests. As the third-largest rural municipality in Alberta, Greenview boasts diversity in economic activities and an extraordinary landscape. Greenview’s economy is strengthened by its diversity, a talented workforce and an entrepreneurial spirit that is second to none. Our residents experience adventure right in their backyards with lakes, rivers, Rocky Mountain peaks and vast prairie offering a year-round outdoor playground for all ages.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
With the implementation of Alberta’s Wetland policy, municipalities are now in a position whereby more responsibility for wetlands have been delegated to them and hence the need for a qualified person to ensure that all regulatory policies or guidelines are met. Under the new Alberta Wetland Policy, the application process for an activity that may impact a wetland consists of three stages:
1. Planning and Legislative Alignment
2. Wetland Assessment
3. Application Submission
The potential for the position to include the ALUS activities as well as watershed/wetlands activities will not only see Greenview join an elite group of forward thinking municipalities, but also become a leader among peers in the orderly and environmentally conscious development of resources from a land base that sustains the growth and prosperity of Greenview for now, and into the future.
Reporting to the Manager, Agricultural Services, the Wetlands Coordinator will be responsible for developing a wetlands/watershed management plan for Greenview in a manner that is inclusive of all stakeholders. The coordinator will work closely with government agencies, non-profits, and individual citizens in the community to develop the plan. The coordinator will organize and facilitate steering committee meetings, arrange logistics for public meetings, prepare draft and final plan documents, coordinate volunteers, and collect water samples as necessary.
• Experience using ARC GIS software and systems.
• Wetland delineation experience.
• Riparian vegetation identification skills and knowledge, and other vegetation types.
• Clear understanding of the Environmental Act and Regulations, wetlands policies, Water Act, Public Lands Act, Species at Risk Act, BMP’s and other guidelines.
• Advanced skills and knowledge in using MS Office Suite of programs.
• Ability to interpret aerial photos.
• Knowledge of the ABWRET systems for evaluating wetlands.
• Knowledge of Western Canadian soils; experience classifying and interpreting soils is advantageous.
• Knowledge of wildlife classification; experience classifying wildlife habitat, conducting wildlife monitoring or preconstruction nest surveys.
• Understanding of remote area navigation; experience using maps, compass, GPS and aerial photos for navigation in the field is advantageous.
• Demonstrated ability to drive trucks and/or a variety of off-road vehicles in rough terrain.
• Demonstrated leadership, communication and decision-making skills.
• Conducting project work related to construction monitoring including classifying soils, wildlife identification/sweeps (pre- and post-construction), and site reclamation.
• Data management (data tables, photographs, entering field data sheets, analysis and interpretation).
• Reporting (all types, styles and formats that Greenview produces).
• Detailed site assessments.
• Developing and maintaining key relationships with residents, and rate payers.
• Groundwater sampling and monitoring.
• Vegetation surveys.
• Experience with wetland delineation and Wetland Assessment Impact reporting under the Alberta Wetland Policy.
• Experience with wetland desktop mapping.
• Ability to lead, manage, plan and conduct aquatic resource assessments and related work
• Identification of potential environmental issues in relation to proposed developments (e.g. soils, wetlands and vegetation).
• Registration (or eligible) with a professional association (e.g. P.Biol, P.Ag. R.T.Biol.) within Alberta is an asset.
• Developing, directing and/or conducting biophysical field assessments with a focus on wetlands and/or vegetation. Additional skills in wildlife, fish or soils is an asset
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Public consultation experience is an asset.
• Provide leadership in community outreach efforts related to watershed planning. This includes developing and disseminating outreach materials to stakeholders at venues such as community events and networking among agencies, organizations and individuals. The coordinator will be responsible for outreach such as preparing press releases, PowerPoint presentations and displays.
• Watershed Planning. Provide leadership in developing a watershed management plan through the collection and analysis of land use and resource information, identification and clarification of stakeholder concerns, establishment of goals, and supporting locally initiated strategies. The ability to identify pollutant sources, causes, and critical areas within the watershed is crucial.
ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services)
• Coordinate Steering Committee activities. Provide technical support to the steering committee. Assist in preparing meeting agenda and coordinating activities to implement project. Provide leadership to develop strong working relationships among steering committee members, stakeholders, and other federal, provincial, local governments. The Coordinator will also assist subcommittees as necessary.
• Coordinate Country and Rural Living Outreach and Extension Program activities. The wetlands coordinator will coordinate the outreach and extension activities for the Green Acreages program, country and rural living workshops and seminars, and any other applicable programs for the rural community.
• Must attend training sessions as required.
• Provide Community outreach for Country/Rural Living
• Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
• To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform the duties listed above to a high degree of quality, timeliness and precision.
• Minimum College level Diploma in Environmental Sciences Conservation and Restoration Ecology, or equivalent
• Ideal candidate will have a minimum 1-2 years of experience in similar capacity
• Class 5 driver’s license.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Proven exceptional customer service skills and high sense of urgency
• Superior problem solving and troubleshooting skills are essential
• Strong willingness, capacity and desire to learn
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHISYCAL ENVIRONMENT:
• Extensive use of computers, and field monitoring equipment
• Subject to working in an indoor and outdoor environment
• Use and operation of vehicle and ATV’s.
• Normal working day consists of 7.5 hours; however occasional overtime or weekend work may be required
HEALTH & SAFETY:
• All personnel working at the Municipal District of Greenview are governed by the Municipal District Health & Safety Policy.
• Ensures all operations are conducted in a safe manner and in accordance with Municipal District Policies and Occupational Health & Safety Regulations.
• Ensure proper ergonomic requirements are met and good ergonomic procedures are practiced.
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.
JOB POSTING INFORMATION:
Interested candidates may submit cover letter and resume by 29th March 2019, in one of the following ways:
Mail or Drop Off: Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
4806 – 36 Ave., Box 1079, Valleyview, Alberta T0H 3N0