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Date:  Sep 22, 2022

New Westminster, British Columbia, CA

Operating Sector:  Major Projects West

Position Title:  Environmental Specialist

Build Your Career at Aecon

Aecon is proud to build some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of this generation. From the roads and transit systems that connect our communities, to the communication networks that link us from coast-to-coast, and the water infrastructure that supplies our businesses and homes. Our integral work includes constructing the pipelines that join provinces with the energy that fuels the nation, and the airports and ports that connect us all. Aecon is there, safely and sustainably building the future.  


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our employees. We are always searching the globe for exceptional candidates to join the Aecon family and be a part of our forward-thinking, innovative, best-in-class organization!  


Safe. Trusted. Respected.

Aecon Civil is a market leader with a self-perform competitive advantage and core local strength in key markets. We’re proud of our work helping to expand and improve Canada’s infrastructure and transportation networks, and we’re ready to build the future of our country. With over a century of experience, and the ability to offer diverse, comprehensive services, Aecon is a preferred contractor for our clients. This includes numerous public entities and Public-Private Partnerships in Canada and abroad.


Fraser Crossing Partners, selected by the Province of British Columbia to design, build and partially finance the project, is a 50/50 joint venture between Aecon and Acciona. The new four-lane cable-stayed bridge over the Fraser River will provide network connections to New Westminster and Surrey, feature a centre safety median barrier and wider lanes to accommodate both passenger and commercial vehicles, and have dedicated walking and cycling lanes. The project also includes the construction of connecting roadways on the north and south sides of the bridge, grade separations on Highway 17, and the removal of the existing bridge once the new bridge is complete.


The Environmental Specialist will be responsible for working with subcontractor qualified professionals performing in water works monitoring (coordinating side scan sonar, underwater noise, and marine mammal observations). They will be responsible for implementing the procedures outlined in the Project Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (FFHMMP) and the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) to confirm works are being conducted in compliance with environmental permits and approvals. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct environmental monitoring and inspection of aquatic and upland work areas for compliance with federal and provincial environmental regulations, environmental management plans for the project and the Project Agreement.
  • Determining the effectiveness of environmental mitigation measures and best management practices installed or implemented by construction.
  • Notifying contractors and the Environmental Manager in the event of an issue that may require works to be halted and overseeing the procedures.
  • Ensuring on-site construction staff are aware of general site, and project-specific mitigation measures associated with the Project.
  • Ensuring construction activities are carried out in accordance with activity-specific Environmental Work Plans (EWPs) and procedures in and above the requirements described in the FFHMMP and the CEMP.
  • Documenting environmental conditions and observations of terrestrial and aquatic areas in and adjacent to work areas.
  • Collecting environmental data with instruments to assess compliance with requirements of Project approvals and the CEMP.
  • Calibrating and maintain environmental data instruments in good condition to ensure accuracy of readings.
  • Reporting instances of environmental non-compliance and negligence to the environmental management team.
  • Ensuring adequate quantities and types of emergency spill equipment are available in active Project construction areas and areas where mobile construction equipment is present.
  • Halting construction activity that fails to meet environmental requirements as described in the FFHMMP, CEMP, EWPs, standalone environmental management plans, and environmental approval conditions, or that in the Environmental Monitor’s professional judgment, represents significant risk to the environment.
  • Routinely checking to verify that construction equipment that is or may be used on-site is in good condition as outlined in the CEMP.
  • Keeping detailed records (e.g., field notes, photographs, instrument data) of construction activities and associated environmental conditions.
  • Preparing a Weekly Environmental Monitoring Report.
  • Collaborate with construction personnel to address environmental issues in a practical manner.
  • Attend project meetings as required.
  • Liaise with Environmental Manager and regulatory inspectors as required.
  • Prepare daily reports and inspection forms.
  • Other duties as required.


Required Knowledge and Experience

  • B.Sc. in Environmental Science or equivalent academic background.
  • 5+ years’ experience on projects of similar size/scope.
  • A qualified environmental professional designation (e.g., R.P. Bio., P. Ag., CPESC, etc.) is required. 
  • Demonstrated environmental monitoring experience for marine and upland construction projects.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Strong data organization and technical reporting skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage time with multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Ability to work outside in various weather and terrain conditions.
  • Proficiency with computer programs for managing and communicating environmental data.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Valid BC driver’s license.


Aecon has every intention of fostering diversity within and across our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


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