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Engineer/Scientist/Technical Officer

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Author aflynn
Date October 26, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Salary 75,000 - Per Hour
Location Ignace, ON
Category Research / Development
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Engineer/Scientist/Technical Officer – Environmental Assessment (4 Year Fixed Term – Ignace ON)

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in Canada.  The approach it is implementing, known as Adaptive Phased Management (APM), involves developing a centralized underground repository, supported by a robust social and technical research program in collaboration with Canadian universities, consultants and international waste management organizations.

Join our growing team of scientists, engineers and other professionals to work collaboratively with Canadians in implementing our management approach in a manner that safeguards people and respects the environment, now and in the future.

Engineer/Scientist/Technical Officer – Environmental Assessment

(4 Year Fixed Term)

2 positions (1 based in Ignace and 1 based in Toronto)

Reporting to the Director, Regulatory Affairs and Environmental Assessment, the successful candidate will be a member of a dedicated team responsible for the impact assessment and CNSC license for a deep underground geological repository.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for professional growth with focus on data management and analysis of environmental data in support of field activities. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the Senior Environmental Scientists on the team. This role is considered a developmental role however, senior candidates will be considered at a level commensurate to their experience.


In this role, you will:

  • Provide data management, data control, tabulation and analysis of ongoing environmental data collection programs for all media (eg. Ecological survey data, surface water sample data)
  • Geo-reference data and produce metadata files with field data, linked to laboratory results.
  • Perform quality assurance/quality control checks on analytical data to confirm compliance with prescribed thresholds and limits.
  • Statistical analysis and trend identification (eg. Seasonality, existing trends).
  • Produce Annual Data reports, including emerging trend analysis, QA evaluation, sample design improvements and gap analysis.
  • Coordinate with analytical laboratories on the delivery of analytical data, create data delivery templates.
  • Review and quality assure field investigation data, GIS data and products created and delivered by external sources to ensure compliance with the NWMO’s Quality Assurance Protocols.
  • Carry out environmental science activities within the department.
  • Maintain and improve models for contaminant transport and impact in the biosphere.
  • Perform safety assessments.
  • Contribute to reports and presentations.
  • Present to technical groups, government authorities and other organizations.
  • Remain up to date on current developments through technical publications, conference participation, co-operative projects and contact with external and international experts.
  • Identify, secure and manage contracts and provide input into business planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This position requires the following skills and experience:

  • 4 year university degree in Environmental Science, Geoscience, Chemistry or Data Science disciplines or equivalent.
  • Over two years’ experience in environmental science or ecology.
  • Experience or demonstrated training in the use of databases such as MS Access, SQL or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with legislated safety requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to effectively apply theoretical and practical technical knowledge and use sound analytical thinking to solve problems.
  • Must be a self-starter with an inherent desire to learn and the ability to quickly self-teach new skillsets.
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada and must be able to meet security clearance requirements.

The following skills and experience are considered assets:

  • Environmental science or ecology experience working with GIS analysis and statistics.
  • Experience with acQuire Borehole Data Management technology.
  • ESRI suite of product experience including ArcGIS Desktop.
  • Experience with Python.
  • Experience with mobile data collection.
  • Good understanding of site Quality Assurance and Quality Control site investigation procedures.
  • Familiar with environmental site investigation an impact assessment methodologies such as surface water monitoring programs, ecological studies, borehole drilling and hydrogeological testing and associated data types.
  • Experience presenting in a public forum (e.g. national or international conferences or equivalent).

The position will require periodic overnight travel to support field activities.

We offer a competitive base salary and health care benefits package.

The NWMO supports the principles and practices of diversity and is committed to providing a respectful, accessible, and inclusive environment for all persons with disabilities in a way that is respectful of the dignity and independence of people with disabilities and in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability and embodies the principles of integration and equal opportunity. The NWMO will provide accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you require accommodation, please Contact Us.

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