Environment Specialist, Planning (term role)

Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, 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.


As Environmental Specialist, Planning 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 Sherwood Park office. The successful candidate will be reporting to the Senior Environmental Advisor and is responsible for managing and implementing Trans Mountain’s environmental planning process for operational and maintenance (O&M) projects within a designated Region or geographical area. 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

  • Support Regional O&M projects (originating from Engineering, Integrity and Pipeline Maintenance) in the acquisition of environmental permits and approvals for operational projects, from feasibility stage, through regulatory strategy, to the coordination of consultants to prepare a submission
  • Communicate mitigation practices and procedures to facilitate compliance with regulatory commitments
  • Facilitate wildlife sweeps and heritage resource assessments prior to in-field activity
  • Coordinate environmental monitoring and inspection requirements for O&M projects including the selection and management of third-party technical consultants where required
  • Prepare and communicate regular program and project updates to the Sr. Advisor and project managers
  • Facilitate communications to, and build relationships with local regulatory agencies, landowners, and affected stakeholders
  • Support the continual improvement of the Environmental Planning program by developing/maintaining guidance documentation (standards and procedures), and by providing technical assistance/expertise to the department and organization
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for Indigenous community capacity building within the Environmental Planning program
  • 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.
  • Project Management Professional or Environmental Professional (P.Ag, P.Bio) credentials preferred.
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience with pipeline or oilfield application and construction-related work. Direct environmental experience with pipeline operations & maintenance approvals and construction activity preferred.
  • Understanding of Provincial environmental regulation (AB, BC) and application of Federal regulation (DFO, ECCC, CER) required. Environmental permit application preparation to regulatory agencies.
  • 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

  • Based in Sherwood Park, AB.
  • 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 or SUV is required, compensation provided on mileage.


In the Fall of 2021, the Government of Canada expressed its expectation that all federally owned or regulated companies (including Trans Mountain) implement polices to ensure that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

In order to be considered as a candidate for a position with Trans Mountain, you must be fully vaccinated or eligible for accommodation based on a certified medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act or applicable human rights legislation.

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:

  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships.
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference.
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


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.