1 year contract.
Reporting to Recycle BC, the Field Services Specialist, First Nations will be a shared resource among Recycle BC and other stewardship agencies. The successful incumbent will work with First Nation communities to develop and improve collection of stewarded material, primarily through depot collection.
Participating stewardship agencies: Recycle BC; Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA); Tire Stewardship BC; Electro Recycle – Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program; Health Products Stewardship Association; Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable; Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada; Canadian Battery Association.
In facilitating the shared stewardship for the collection of recyclable material, the Field Services Specialist, First Nations will work alongside Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and their consultants in setting up collection programs for stewarded material, establishing and maintaining the management of collection programs.
- On behalf of Recycle BC and participating stewardship agencies, and working with INAC and their consultants as applicable, provide outreach to First Nation communities for the collection of stewarded material. Typically this outreach would include:
- First Nation communities who operate a Recycle BC depot,
- First Nation communities who operate a recycling depot, not in the Recycle BC network,
- First Nation communities who are within the drive time of a depot that is participating in either the Recycle BC program or another participating stewardship agency program.
- First Nation communities who are within the drive time of a collection facility that accepts stewarded products, but does not participate in the stewardship agency program responsible for stewarded products.
- Liaise with First Nations at the level appropriate for the community: Chief, Band Council, Waste Management Coordinator, etc., and with INAC and their consultants. Liaise with the participating stewardship agencies under the guidance of Recycle BC to develop and improve collection of stewarded material.
- Provide appropriate information to each First Nation community to allow for informed decisions on collection of stewarded material.
- Participate in the implementation of a reverse supply chain in the field with sufficient capacity to collect, transport, process and market materials in order to meet program plan targets for each of the participating stewardship agencies as agreed for this initiative.
- Employ standards, scorecards and codes of conduct for collectors and post-collection services (consolidation, transport and processing) for each of the participating stewardship agencies as agreed for this initiative.
- Build relationships with each First Nation community and provide in-field training on established policies and practices for the collection and logistics for each of the participating stewardship agencies as agreed for this initiative.
- Work with other field services coordinators, third party auditors, and other temporary field staff as needed for the oversight of collection and post-collection material flow in the field.
- Collaborate with other staff to gather information, conduct research and analysis, to test ideas and conclusions, and in the development of plans and strategies necessary to achieve the objectives of the program.
- Work with First Nations communities and field staff to consolidate and remove stockpiled stewarded products from First Nations communities.
- Provide community training, promotion & education, and participate in local events & initiatives (i.e., classroom visits, community day interaction, etc.) to promote the collection of stewarded material.
- Stewardship ambassador providing outreach on behalf of each of the participating stewardship agencies to First Nation communities and their members.
Desired Skills and Experience:
- Education related to indigenous studies, environmental studies, science subjects (physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry), engineering subjects (mechanical, chemical, biochemical), or related discipline, or related experience.
- At least five (5) years’ experience in operational optimization, waste management, logistics contracting or related roles.
- Direct experience in stewardship, recycling or related field is beneficial but not necessary.
- Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Solid leadership skills and ability to work independently.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports.
- Flexible work schedule requiring periods of extended working hours to facilitate program launches and resolve collection issues.
- Adaptable to provide community training to all ages and levels of knowledge of the programs.
- Willingness to work in the community with physical labour and in all weather conditions.
- Requires extensive travel within the province to meet with First Nation communities.
- Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.
Recycle BC – Who We Are:
Launched in 2014, Recycle BC (previously Multi-Material BC) is a non-profit organization that oversees residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout much of British Columbia, working in partnership with more than 160 collection and post-collection partners.
Recycle BC is considered a best-practice model for residential recycling. The Recycle BC program is funded by the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents, shifting recycling costs away from residents. It is Canada’s only 100% industry funded extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for residential recycling.
Recycle BC directly or indirectly provides recycling services to nearly 1.3 million single and multi-family households in the province, representing 151 municipalities, electoral areas and First Nations. In 2015 alone, we responsibly managed 178,583 tonnes of recyclable material, for an overall recovery rate of 77%, meaning of all the packaging and printed paper supplied into the BC market by Recycle BC members, 77% were collected and responsibly recycled. For more information on Recycle BC, please visit our website!