Fort St John, Canada

Senior Environmental Specialist / Manager

Established in 1974, Hatfield Consultants Partnership (Hatfield) is one of Canada’s premiere environmental consulting companies having implemented over 4,000 projects in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. With a reputation for excellence and high-quality work, Hatfield provides services in the areas of environmental assessment and monitoring, water resources and hydrology, GIS and remote sensing, environmental information systems, human environment studies, aquatic ecology, wildlife, and biodiversity assessments. Hatfield is proud to have played a key role on many of the largest infrastructure projects in British Columbia (BC), from challenging highways and bridges to complex pipelines, dams and wind energy farms, which is testament to our excellent staff and work ethic. Hatfield offers industry-leading employee benefits and has established a renowned culture for fostering career growth in a fun and rewarding environment.

General Description: Hatfield has an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, confident and self-motivated Senior Environmental Specialist/ Biologist / Manager to join our growing company and take their career to the next level. A key focus for this position will be to assist with the design, management, permitting and implementation of infrastructure projects in northern BC, and to help maintain our client relationships and build new ones. In a typical day, this position will provide environmental management oversight to infrastructure projects; design inputs to engineering teams; and assistance with environmental permitting and licensing. Other typical tasks will include preparing and implementing environmental management plans (EMPs), related work plans, and monitoring programs; reporting; and ensuring compliance of project activities with all relevant local, provincial, and federal environmental regulations. This position will be based out of Hatfield’s Fort St John office.

Location: Fort St John, BC – This is a full-time permanent position with residence in Fort St. John. This is not a fly-in, fly-out position.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and supervise the environmental management and monitoring components of a portfolio of infrastructure projects.
  • Provide environmental design inputs to the infrastructure development team to ensure compliance with regulatory and project-specific environmental requirements.
  • Play a lead role in acquiring environmental permits, licenses, and approvals from regulatory agencies in support of infrastructure projects.
  • Prepare and oversee the implementation of a range of environmental compliance documents required for project approval and implementation, such as EMPs, environmental protection plans, and environmental work plans.
  • Work with project development teams – including proponents, regulators, designers, engineers, and construction personnel – to address environmental management and protection measures during project planning and implementation.
  • Assist with projects in other Hatfield departments and offices including the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA) and Water Resources groups.
  • Lead the preparation of proposals, and assist with other business development activities such as promoting Hatfield’s services at conferences and industry events, maintaining client relations, and identifying and helping to retain new work opportunities and clients.


  • Excellent problem-solving skills to ensure environmental compliance through creative solutions within an active construction work environment.
  • Adept working successfully with heavy civil design and construction teams.
  • Proficient with obtaining permits, licenses, and approvals from local, provincial, and federal authorities in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of pertinent environmental legislation, regulations, and guidance documents to ensure and/or enforce project-specific compliance.
  • Ability to interpret and provide environmental inputs to detailed engineering drawings.
  • Excellent people skills and communication (verbal and technical writing).
  • Comfortable issuing stop-work orders and independently implementing controls necessary to protect the environment during non-compliance events.

Education and Experience:

  • B.Sc., M.Sc., and R.P.Bio., or P.Eng. in environmental sciences, appropriate qualifications for work in BC or Alberta, and at least eight years of experience managing environmental aspects of infrastructure development projects.
  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) is highly desirable.
  • Experience interpreting and working with federal and provincial environmental regulatory and permitting requirements associated with infrastructure development projects.
  • Experience working in large, multi-disciplinary teams is essential.
  • Experience managing a range of environmental disciplines (air quality, noise, surface and groundwater quality, soils, vegetation, fish and fish habitat, contaminated sites, archaeology, First Nations, etc.) is an asset.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring intermediate and junior staff.
  • Experience operating in a dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility and teamwork.
  • Ability/interest to work in the field.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV describing your experience and salary expectations to (no phone calls please). Please indicate “Senior Environmental Specialist / Manager – Fort St John” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.