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LSO 4 DPE - Senior Policy Specialist *AMENDED - Interview dates communicated*

Requisition #:  40678
Department: Min of Environment
Ministry Branch / Division: ESB/EPD
Posting Close Date: 2017-05-14
Location: Victoria  -
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Policy, Research and Economics, Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: Job_Profile___Senior_Policy_Specialist.pdf
Job Summary:
Senior Policy Specialist
Licensed Science Officer 4 (Designated Professional Engineer)

Salary $66,232.12 - $86,363.41 annually (plus 5.5% Recruitment and Retention Adjustment)

Benefits include: 7% allowance in Lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby (taken as time or money), 35 hour work week and an annual vacation entitlement starting at 4 weeks.

An eligibility list may be established for similar current and future vacancies, including permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

AMENDMENT - New Information: Interviews for candidates who move forward in the competition may be scheduled the week of May 15 and/or 22.

Bring your expertise in waste management to lead provincial policy, strategies and standards for hazardous waste in BC!

The Ministry of Environment plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy environment and the important benefits that accompany it – human health, sustainable economic development, and a high quality of life. We work to protect, manage and enhance the province’s natural environment to ensure the benefits we enjoy today will be available for our children and grandchildren in the future.
The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) works to protect the human and environmental health and safety of the province.  The Division provides leadership on behalf of the Ministry of Environment in establishing and enforcing environmental standards to maintain and enhance environmental quality. The Division monitors and reports on environmental conditions.  It develops and implements provincial legislation and policies to reduce and remove discharges to water, land and air. The Division develops and enacts appropriate science-based policies, laws and environmental contracts/covenants to ensure compliance to established provincial standards and improve environmental performance. The EPD also works closely with partners to develop and enhance product stewardship activities and respond to high-risk environmental emergencies.  The EPD must balance the maintenance and enhancement of environmental quality with sustainable economic development.
The Environmental Standards Branch is responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a wide array of regulatory and non-regulatory activities for waste management and environmental protection in British Columbia.  The branch takes a leadership approach to environmental management by using a combination of tools such as legislation, regulation, market based instruments, guidelines and standards, education and planning processes.

 As Senior Policy Specialist for Integrated Pest Management & Industry, you will lead the development and implementation of ministry and/or provincial policy, strategies, regulations, legislation and standards for waste management in B.C.  Working with a team of dedicated professionals, your focus will be providing leadership for and coordination of major initiatives and policies related to the Hazardous Waste Regulation under the Environmental Management Act.  The section works with a wide variety of stakeholders including authorization holders, local government, the federal government, environmental stakeholders, and industry associations, as well as First Nations to develop and enhance environmental stewardship in waste management in BC.

The Policy Specialist is a skilled communicator and collaborator, managing and contributing to strategic projects and offering skilled advice and recommendations. You are a team player, able to liaise with a wide variety of stakeholders and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, time sensitive environment. Your knowledge and experience encompasses an understanding of the impact environmental policy and legislation has on jobs and the economic outlook in B.C., and specifically within the waste management sector.  You have the skills and initiative required to collaborate with a diversity of stakeholders to develop vital science-based environmental policy and initiatives. 

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Caitlin.Copage@gov.bc.ca DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  If you experience technical difficulties submitting your online profile, or for more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the “HOW TO APPLY” section below.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Degree in Engineering, Applied Science, Science, Resource Management or a related professional field or equivalent as recognized by the relevant association and seven (7) years’ experience in resource management, environmental protection or waste management; or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, such as a master’s degree in a related field and five (5) years of experience.
  • Must be registered, or immediately eligible for registration, with the British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists as a Professional Engineer.
  • Two or more years of experience in waste management, including industrial, municipal and/or hazardous waste.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects and using project management tools and techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading new initiatives.
  • Experience managing relationships and negotiations with public and/or private sector stakeholders.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume and Questionnaire

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Online Questionnaire:  YES - As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications.

IMPORTANT: The online questionnaire cannot be saved and will time out after 60 minutes. You will need to complete the questionnaire and submit your application within 60 minutes or you will lose any information you have entered.  If you require more time to prepare your responses, copy the questions and prepare your responses outside of the system and paste them into the online questionnaire when you are ready to apply.  Further instructions are provided in the questionnaire and are available on the Apply for a Position page on MyHR.




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