Environmental Assistant

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Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting Inc. Published: February 12, 2018
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Paragon provides conservation and reclamation planning and monitoring services to many major industrial projects, throughout our beautiful country. Environmental assistants are responsible for supporting client reclamation programs, including soil salvage, soil placement, reclamation monitoring, soil survey and compliance with various regulatory commitments. Successful candidates will gain a thorough understanding of the Alberta regulatory environment and industrial operations, in addition to contributing to the successful reclamation of major industrial projects. These positions are predominantly field-based, and include shift-work that is typically 10 days on followed by 10 days off. For you to enjoy this work and be successful, you must naturally have a positive nature, be flexible, quietly confident, like to work outdoors in all conditions and thrive when working independently within a project team environment. You understand that asking for advice or clarification is not a sign of weakness. You believe that nothing is more important than working safely and protecting those around you. The construction season is busy, but there are usually ample opportunities to travel or simply relax once the snow flies.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Supporting conservation and reclamation activities at a northern Alberta mine site • Assisting site managers with various tasks as they arise • Other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: data management through the collection, entry, synthesis and reporting phases; site seeding; vegetation control; preparing various formats of field reports; hazard assessment; accurate completion of daily reports, both technical and financial • Providing input on how best to use the technology available to us to improve the work process • Attending workshops, meetings and other similar events • Exercising good judgment in situations that are not covered by policies and procedures •  Preparing regular, timely and accurate timesheets, expense reports and other relevant documentation • Assisting with equipment maintenance and safety

Knowledge and skills

  • Eligibility to register with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) • An absolute, genuine dedication to safe work • Solid understanding of the natural resources industry and standards • Ability to work productively independently as well as in a team setting •  Results-oriented and efficient, with excellent problem solving skills • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an affinity for working respectfully with colleagues, contractors and clients  • Knowledge of and experience with computers and PC software, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook (at least an intermediate level of proficiency) • Tech-savvy such that advanced GPS units do not scare you • Valid Class 5 Drivers License, with a clean drivers abstract (or darn close to it) • Good physical condition with the ability to walk long distances when necessary

Education required

• Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science or Diploma in a reclamation-related field from a recognized university or college

Certification required

  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License, with a clean drivers abstract. Preferred applicants will also have: First Aid, Advanced driver training, GDII, H2S, OSSA, CSTS, PCST, WHMIS, Bear Aware, ATV/UTV
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