Environmental Specialist (Approx 18 Months)

Position Title:

Environmental Specialist

Division:

Real Estate

Department:

Portfolio Structuring and Transaction Services – Environmental Management

ReportsTo:

Manager, Environmental Projects

Position Purpose

To provide value add expertise in the identification and management of complex environmental concerns, issues, and protect Infrastructure Ontario’s and the Province’s liability with respect to environmental due diligence and project delivery. To provide strategic environmental advice as it relates to Infrastructure Ontario’s projects, effectively managing environmental risk and liability to benefit project outcomes. To facilitate and/or undertake environmental due diligence and manage complex undertakings within the real property portfolio province-wide. The role is also responsible for building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external clients, including MOI, IO Finance, IO Sales Easements & Acquisitions, and AFP Major Projects.

Key Function and Responsibilities

1. Procure and manage the services of environmental consultants and contractors for environmental projects.

  • Prepare Requests for Proposals, Request for Quotation and Tender documents for projects, review submissions, and prepare documentation to comply with procurement procedures. Coordinate issuing purchase orders, change orders, track invoices, and budgeting.
  • Manage a high volume of complex environmental projects, and define priorities with Manager and VP. Manage projects on time and on budget. Oversee remedial contractors for multimillion dollar remediation projects, ensuring contract compliance, high performance and integration with broader IO realty and portfolio plans for sites.
  • Oversee filings of Record of Site Condition (RSC), clearly explaining all obligations and restrictions that apply to IO and Clients through the filing process, including ensuring an understanding of on-going obligations for the site beyond the project lifecycle.
  • Lead the selection committee to evaluate proposals, select consultants and contractors to award work.
  • Review draft reports to ensure they appropriately reflect environmental/heritage conditions, provide peer review assistance for less senior colleagues.
  • Coordinate the gathering of information to be used by the consultants and communicate to relevant stakeholders.
  • Monitor and provide direction to external consultants and contractors throughout the delivery of complex projects to ensure project proceeds according to the agreed upon work plan, timeline and that deliverables are met.
  • Participate in development of engagement strategy on environmental/heritage issues for internal and external clients/stakeholders.
  • Provide routine project status updates ensuring that environmental needs are built into critical projects as early as possible, maintain an open dialogue with internal and external clients to effectively communicate any changes that could impact budget, schedule, and client needs
  • Manage monthly or quarterly Vendor meetings, evaluate vendor performance, review performance with vendor with goal of continuous improvement.
  • Assist the Manager with the establishment and management of a Vendor of Record for Environmental Remediation Contractors.

2. Provide program management, oversight and administration of required environmental programs ensuring adequate resource allocation by working closely with Manager.

  • Provide technical expertise and program administration for critical Environmental Management programs including the Contaminated Sites Program, working closely with Finance and Asset Management.
  • Manage or contribute to environmental compliance assurance program, as well as departmental reporting, monitoring and audit requirements for Class EA and other topics.
  • Contribute to key annual deliverables such as the Class EA Annual Report and the Contaminated Sites Program Annual Report.

3. Provide guidance and advice on environmental issues to Infrastructure Ontario staff, ministerial staff and other stakeholders.

  • Provide support and guidance to colleagues, ensuring knowledge sharing around individual specialties.
  • Manage complex Environmental Risk Assessment (RA) and Remediation works, while providing advice to colleagues on their files, in the spirit of collaboration. 
  • Oversee consultants in on-going monitoring and compliance with Certificates of Property Use (CPU) as filed with the MOECC.
  • Provide occasional information sessions for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review clauses of agreements of purchase and sale for high value dispositions, and review loans submissions in relation to assessing environmental risks.
  • Prepare briefing notes, project and program status updates for internal and ministerial staff.

4. Remain current on environmental legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and trends.

  • Maintain current knowledge on proposed legislation, network with environmental professionals to gain an understanding of current environmental activities and alternate solutions to environmental issues, including staying current on new and emerging remedial strategies
  • Participate in professional committees on an as needed basis.

5. Maintain working relationships with ministries and other agencies

  • Build and maintain an effective dialogue with the MOECC Brownfield's staff ensuring IO has a window into the Ministry.
  • Liaise with relevant agencies to discuss project management issues.
  • Advise agencies when IO activity may impact their jurisdictions.
  • Maintain compliance monitoring and reporting protocol with all stakeholders.

6. Other duties as assigned from time to time as required by management.

Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Post-Secondary degree or Diploma in engineering, geosciences, or related discipline (P.Eng or P.Geo accreditation considered an asset)
  • Strong knowledge of contaminated sites assessment and remediation, procedures in risk assessment, and environmentally significant areas analysis
  • Knowledge of environmental assessment and class environmental assessment process
  • Knowledge of Environmental Management Systems (eg. ISO 14001)
  • Strong knowledge of government procurement procedures would be an asset 
  • Knowledge of issues, liabilities, negotiations involved in property transaction process
  • Knowledge of environmental, contract, and property law would be an asset
  • General knowledge of real estate industry considered an asset

Experience

  • Significant work experience and training in the identification of environmental risk.
  • Experience with the implementation and project management of remediation projects
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience which includes Environmental Assessment - Class EA, Phase One and Two ESAs, designated substance surveys, implementing remedial action plans, conducting risk 

Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Excellent oral and written communication 
  • Strong project management skills and organizational abilities.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills to facilitate relationship building and cross collaboration
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills to resolve issues and recommend solution
  • Analytical, interpretive, and project management skills
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Suite Office Products, project management applications, and geospatial solutions