Environment Advisor - Planner

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Company: Trans Mountain

Trans Mountain operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. We deliver approximately 300,000 barrels of petroleum products each day through 1,150 kilometres of pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, and 111 kilometres of pipeline in Washington state.


Our Core Values

Trans Mountain’s core values – Safety, Integrity, Respect and Excellence – guide our every step. Each obstacle we’ve overcome or success we’ve experienced has been the result of a shared commitment to living these values every day. Together, we’re focused on doing the right thing for each other and our communities.


As an Environmental Advisor, Planner with Trans Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a progressive and fast-paced group of Environmental expertsThis position is based in our Burnaby office.


The successful candidate will be reporting to the Manager Environment and is responsible for coordinating and implementing Trans Mountain’s environmental planning process for operational and maintenance (O&M) and capital projects within the Western Region of TMPL operations (BC Lower Mainland). The overall deliverable of this position is to identify and facilitate the avoidance, minimization, and mitigation of environmental impacts associated with O&M activities.


Key Responsibilities


    • Implement Trans Mountain’s environmental planning process for operational and maintenance (O&M) and capital projects within the BC Lower Mainland through the identification of potential environmental impacts and associated mitigation strategies. Develop environmental protection plans and communicate mitigation practices and procedures to facilitate compliance with regulatory commitments.
    • Support Regional O&M projects (originating from Engineering, Integrity, and Pipeline Maintenance) in the acquisition of environmental permits and approvals for operational projects, from the feasibility stage, through regulatory strategy, to the coordination of consultants to prepare application submissions.
    • Coordinate environmental monitoring and inspection requirements for O&M projects including the selection and management of third-party technical consultants where required.  Facilitate wildlife sweeps and heritage resource assessments prior to the in-field activity.
    • Facilitate communications to, and build relationships with local regulatory agencies, landowners and affected stakeholders, and Indigenous communities and prepare and communicate regular program and project updates to the Sr. Advisor and project managers.
    • Support the continual improvement of the Environmental Planning program by providing technical assistance/expertise to the department and organization.
    • Provide support to emergency response activities, audits, and other functions as needed.
    • Maintain a commitment to safety, compliance, ethics, and operational excellence. Report safety and environmental incidents as per TM procedure.


Qualifications and Professional Experience


  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences or Engineering.
  • A Registered Professional Biologist would be an asset.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with pipeline or oilfield application and maintenance related work. Direct environmental experience with pipeline operations & maintenance approvals is preferred.
  • Understanding of environmental regulation (AB, BC) and application of federal regulation (DFO, ECCC, CER) is required specifically related to permitting.
  • Knowledge of industry best practices for Environmental Protection Plans and the selection and implementation of environmental mitigation measures. Broad background in various environmental disciplines (e.g. fisheries, soil science, botany, reclamation) and the ability to integrate it into the planning process is an asset.
  • Successful track record in project management-related tasks including oversight of contractors, productive interaction with project team members including various internal and external stakeholders, positive interaction with regulatory representatives, and communication of progress and fiscal management.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Strong organizational and scheduling skills.
  • Attention to detail while working in a time-conscious and effective manner.


Other Requirements and Information

  • Ability to travel (~40%), light fieldwork including oversight of consultants and contractors, ‘quad or side by side’ travel, and other light duties as assigned.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • A 4X4 truck is required. 


We Build Careers and Pipelines That Last

Our story is about determination, resourcefulness and resilience. It’s about charting our own course, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems and doing the right thing. It was true when Trans Mountain became a company in 1951 and it’s just as true today. We welcome new members to our team that embrace the qualities in our story, that thrive on the new path and directions we take.  Our culture is one of care and taking our responsibilities seriously. If you would like to contribute to our culture, then join our journey.


A Rewarding Opportunity


We offer:

  • Valuable experience providing opportunity for professional development and career advancement;
  • An opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the most talented and experienced people in the business;
  • Competitive compensation;
  • Comprehensive benefits programs including flexible benefits, pension and savings plans
  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships;
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference;
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


We value:

  • The health, safety and wellness of everyone working in our company;
  • Meaningful participation from Indigenous and local communities;
  • The commitment and resilience of our people;
  • Collaboration and achieving success together. 


In keeping with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize benefits for communities, priority will be given to qualified candidates from Indigenous, local and regional communities along the Trans Mountain existing, and expansion, pipeline corridor.


In Alberta, the existing pipeline system spans the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, and the Métis Nation of Alberta (Zone 4).


In British Columbia, the system crosses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations that are affiliated with the Secwepemc, Dakelh (Carrier), Nlaka'pamux, Syilx/Okanagan, Interior and Coast Salish, Stó:lo, as well as the Métis.

Trans Mountain also operates through 15 First Nation Reserves located within the region spanning the BC interior through Fraser Valley.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trans Mountain is committed to supporting diversity and individual differences.  The diverse viewpoints and cultural knowledge that our employees bring to work enrich our organization’s collective cultural understanding, which is reflected in the work we do every day.  Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.