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Environmental Protection Officer

The District of West Vancouver

  • Posted on: November 16, 2020

West Vancouver is an attractive community on the North Shore! It is home to some of the region’s best parks and recreation locations: Whytecliff Park, Lighthouse Park, Cypress Provincial Park and ski area, and Ambleside Beach. At the District of West Vancouver, we’re looking for employees that have a passion for public service and strive to make a difference. Our team of dedicated staff deliver services, operate facilities and run the programs that make West Vancouver a great place to live. Be part of our team!


The West Vancouver Community Planning & Sustainability Department seeks a permanent full-time Environmental Protection Officer. Reporting to the Manager, Environmental Protection, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • implementing and coordinating coastal and environmental reviews of development projects involving such matters as sea level rise, risk assessment and mitigation measures, and habitat protection
  • assisting with the administration of the District’s development permitting process for lands subject to coastal flood hazards, watercourses, and wildfire hazards
  • assisting in the development of District policies and standards for environmental and coastal  projects and the review of related municipal bylaws
  • preparing and presenting information to the public, investigating environmental incidences
  • participating in research activities such as reviewing environmental impact reports, evaluating instream works, evaluating new developments within the coastal and environmental control field and preparing written reports
  • establishing and maintaining contact with and providing information to a variety of internal and external contacts and stakeholders
  • assisting in the review, evaluation, and understanding of background materials, reports, and GIS datasets pertaining to coastal and environmental issues
  • assisting with the development and administration of storm water and erosion and sediment control plans for construction projects: ; conducts on-site inspections; receives, investigates, resolves or makes recommendations regarding inquiries and complaints from the general public with regard to these projects and ensures adherence to bylaws; and
  • performing other related duties as required.

The preferred candidate will possess considerable knowledge regarding: coastal and environmental issues facing local government; the environmental methods, procedures, equipment, and instruments used; knowledge of the relevant Federal, Provincial, and Municipal legislation, regulations and bylaws related to the work; the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external contacts.

The successful candidate: has a technology diploma or university degree in the area of biology, ecology, or environmental engineering plus 3-years field experience in environmental construction monitoring, fish and wildlife protection; is a member of or eligible for registration in the Registered Professional Biologist Association of BC or any other applied science or technology association dealing with environmental science; or has an equivalent combination of education and experience. A registered professional biologist designation is an asset. The successful candidate will be required to supply a police information check and a copy of their credentials.

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