Program Manager, Environmental Services - Fort Chipewyan

Requisition ID: 514
Affiliation: Exempt
Position Type: Permanent Full Time
Number of Openings: 1
Bi-weekly Working Hours: 70 hours bi-weekly
Department/ Branch: Environmental Services, Fort Chipewyan Hamlet
Job Location: Fort Chipewyan
Salary Range: Competitive Salary
COLA: Bi-Weekly - $480
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Type: Internal and External






This position is located within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in the rural community of Fort Chipewyan, approximately 223 Kilometers north of Fort McMurray.


The Program Manager, Environmental Services - Fort Chipewyan, is responsible for all activities associated with the operations, maintenance, and sustainability of the water, wastewater, and underground services infrastructure in Fort Chipewyan to ensure compliance in accordance with the Provincial standards and regulations. The incumbent will participate in the management of all administrative and operational aspects for the department. Primary responsibilities of this position include:


Operational Management: Assists the Senior Manager, Environmental Services with overall program service delivery. Manages through direct involvement in daily operations, budgeting, and strategic planning of the overall design and deployment of all department initiatives. Ensures all programs and operations are developed according to legislation, regulations, industry standards, and best practices. Exercising good judgment and superior project and contract management skills, the incumbent will communicate and build relationships with user groups, industry, staff, and vendors. Collaborates with other municipal staff on operational and regulatory projects.


Leadership: Takes a lead role in developing and implementing innovative and practical approaches to department initiatives to ensure all employees are working proficiently and effectively in a productive environment. Recruits, trains, and mentors staff. Leads staff in the delivery of advice, recommendations, and decision support. Maintains a focus on collaboration across vendors, contractors, municipal staff, community groups, industry, First Nations, and Metis communities. Ensures community stakeholder engagement is properly managed through already established channels. Prepares regular updates for leadership as required.


Implementation of Strategies: Ensures all required operating and special reports are prepared and issued as required under legislation/Alberta Environment. Working in conjunction with the regulatory team to consult with the Government of Alberta on legislative and regulatory changes to membership, mandate, authority, the scope of operations, environmental standards, licensing, and related matters. Participates in government-appointed committees and special studies. Leads the operating license renewal process.





Candidates need to show evidence of the following:

  • Highly developed analytical, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills, political awareness, and sensitivity.
  • Proven ability to be discreet, keep all information and documentation strictly confidential; respectfully and sensitively resolve issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers, employees, leaders, and external contacts and interact in a manner that builds trust, credibility, and rapport.
  • Ability to empower people, and use innovative approaches in situations involving rapid change, shifting priorities, and/or simultaneous demands. Negotiation, investigation, mediation, and facilitation skills.
  • High emotional intelligence capabilities, including the ability to deal effectively with ambiguity.
  • Must be familiar with health, safety, and environmental standards.
  • Proficient with computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to provide instructions and direction concerning schedules and records.
  • Knowledge of all equipment and processes used in water & wastewater treatment, and underground services operations and maintenance.





  • Water Treatment Level II, Wastewater Treatment Level I, and Water Distribution & Wastewater Collection Level I Certification is required.
  • A Degree in Engineering, Science or a related field is considered an asset;
  • Trade Certification is considered an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.




  • Five (5) years of combined experience working in a modern water treatment facility, and dealing with wastewater and underground utilities to include two (2) years in a leadership capacity is required.
  • Experience working in a municipal or public-sector environment with unionized and non-unionized employees is considered an asset.
  • Experience working in a remote community that is shared with indigenous communities is considered an asset.





  • Ability to provide a Criminal Record Check for review and acceptance.
  • A valid Class five (5) Operator’s Licence is required as the incumbent will be required to operate a personal or municipal vehicle for business use on a regular basis.
  • Clean driver’s abstract is considered an asset.
  • Must be willing to work outside in all conditions.
  • Immunizations are strongly recommended for work in unsanitary conditions.
  • Must be medically and physically able to perform the job.





As an employee of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the incumbent is responsible and accountable for knowing and working in accordance with the Health and Safety Directive.  As per section 2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the incumbent shall ensure while in the employ of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo the health and safety of employees, contractors, and the public.


This position is employed in a supervisory capacity. As such the employee is required to obtain additional safety training in accordance with municipal procedures and directives.


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Current employees must apply through the internal careers site. 

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those individuals
selected for interviews will be contacted.  Late applications will not be accepted.