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Environmental Manager (Wolverine Mine & Hermann)


Job Title: Environmental Manager

Location: Tumbler Ridge, BC (Wolverine Mine & Hermann)

Schedule/ Terms of Employment: This is a full time (40 hours/week), permanent position. 

Primary Purpose

The primary responsibility for this position is to support the mine site operations team with the objective of meeting safety and production targets by ensuring compliance with environmental permit conditions, applicable legislation, and agreements with stakeholders. This will be achieved by: 

  • Conducting activities in accordance with company policies and values.
  • Managing environmental programs site wide to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements. and commitments and agreements with First Nations stakeholders. 
  • Implementing and effectively communicating environmental policies and standards. 
  • Providing leading practice environmental services to support our core business.

Company Information

Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. Products from our three mine operations in Northeastern BC, Brule, Willow Creek and Wolverine, leave us well-positioned to serve customers in South America, Europe and Asia.

Three times winner of the Edward Prior Mine Safety Award for the lowest injury frequency rate in British Columbia, Conuma continues to lead the industry with multi-million-dollar investments in the latest collision avoidance and fatigue monitoring safety technologies for the protection of our employees.

Conuma is much more than metallurgical coal. Conuma and its employees are embedded in our communities. The company’s Pay It Forward program began in 2017 and since then has raised over $425,000 in support of “Our Kids” at a Bolivian Orphanage and the Vancouver Children’s Foundation. Locally, Conuma’s employee winter hockey matches ensure much-needed donations to the Food Bank, while in the summer, our employees get together to assist the local high school teams as they prepare their go-karts for the Conuma Challenge.

Our local communities in Northeastern British Columbia are amongst some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. At the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, employees can enjoy almost limitless hiking amongst some of Canada’s biggest waterfalls, ride through ATV and snowmobile trails, explore 97 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, ski cross-country trails, play ice-hockey, swim indoors and out, cycle, and enjoy the sense of community only a small town provides. An hour and a quarter away, Chetwynd is famous for its chainsaw wood carvings and offers a range of kayaking, snowmobiling and rock-climbing opportunities. Regarded as a wonderful place to raise a family, with affordable costs of living, Northeast British Columbia is the outdoor paradise our employees are proud to call home.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure site is operated in compliance with permit and other regulatory requirements, Company’s Environmental Policy, Company’s Environmental Management System and Company’s Environmental commitments to regulators, First Nations, and other stakeholders.
  • Conducting activities in accordance with company policies and values.
  • Managing the establishment, implementation, and review of Environmental programs site wide to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements and commitments and agreements with First Nations stakeholders, including exploratory, baseline, construction, operational and closure conditions.
  • Implementing and effectively communicating environmental policies and standards.
  • Providing leading practice Environmental services to support our core business.
  • Identify environmental risks associated with the site’s activities, products and services and communicate and implement approved risk mitigation measures. Complete environmental risk assessments whenever the company’s activities, products or services change in a way that might affect environmental aspects.
  • Providing environmental expertise during major permitting processes and leading minor permit applications and amendments.
  • Understanding and interpreting environmental permit and regulatory requirements for site staff and anticipate requirements for permit amendments to limit impacts to production.
  • Project management (environmental works), departmental budget development and management. 
  • Analyzing and interpreting site-generated environmental data and direct internal and external reporting functions.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Earth/Environmental Science, Geochemistry, Environmental Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Seven to Ten (7-10) years of experience in implementing technical environmental programs, with experience in a management role.
  • Broad-based experience with environmental aspects related to the mining industry, including but not limited to water quality, air quality, environmental effects monitoring, permitting, regulatory liaison and consultation with stakeholders and First Nations.
  • Experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams, including operational, engineering, and environmental staff, to meet operational objectives, develop programs to manage risks, meet corporate and stakeholder requirements and maintain compliance. 
  • Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with regulatory agencies, First Nations, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience with Environmental Management Systems.

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in implementing technical environmental programs in relation to resource development, and preferably in mining.
  • Working knowledge of environmental Legislation relevant to mining in BC, including but not limited to the BC Mines Act, BC Environmental Management Act, Federal Fisheries Act, Federal Species at Risk Act, BC Wildlife Act.
  • Competency in leading practice Risk Assessment and Management approaches.
  • Competency in implementing and maintaining Environmental Management Systems.
  • Able to work independently and unsupervised.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong project and process management skills.
  • Able to communicate and work well with a diverse range of groups including operational, engineering, and environmental staff.
  • Proficiency in communicating with Regulators, First Nations, and other stakeholders.
  • Understanding and the ability to apply leading practice techniques and technologies related to environmental management at a mine site.

Leadership and Problem-Solving Capability

  • Uphold Corporate image and values.
  • Leadership in development of site environmental staff.
  • Co-ordinates risk management and controls assurance initiatives. 
  • Contribute information, data, and reports when and as required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically.
  • Provide leadership to wide range of professional groups.

Work Location / Travel

  • Employee transportation is provided.
  • Please be aware no camp facilities are available. Conuma believes in supporting our local communities by promoting them as a place for our employees to call home, not just a work place.

Wage and Benefits

Conuma provides competitive wages and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation, RRSP matching and extended healthcare.

Conuma Resources is an equal opportunity employer
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