Environmental Scientist – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry

Environmental Scientist

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Type of Employment: Full Time, Regular

Nova Scotia Power Incorporated’s (NSPI) greatest source of energy is our people. In a culture focused on safety, we’re committed to providing exceptional service to our customers and rewarding jobs to our employees. We’re hiring solution-minded people excited to help us grow into the future. We are currently looking to fill the position of Environmental Scientist, ideally located in Halifax, however, other locations in the Province could be an option.

Key Responsibilities

Environmental Services supports all environmental aspects of electricity generation across NSPI, including generation and transmission & distribution. As part of the Environmental Services team the Environmental Scientist is accountable for the provision of the Environmental Management System and environmental science expertise with a focus on power generation (hydro) across NSPI, including but not limited to hydro capital refurbishment and operational maintenance projects. You will liaise with internal departments, external regulatory departments/agencies, stakeholders, and the Mi’kmaq of NS in providing this support.

Responsibilities, as they pertain to design, construction and commissioning of new NSPI capital projects, include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting environmental studies and regulatory approvals, including liaising with consultants and regulators and collaborating with internal NSPI groups and Environmental Services staff;
  • Supporting engagement and consultation with the Mi’kmaq of NS;
  • Providing environmental expertise, guidance and support to NSPI, including participating in regular meetings and updates, reviewing engineering designs and consultant reports, understanding current environmental guidelines and regulatory considerations, and advising on potential environmental impacts and mitigation.
  • Supporting project activities, including the development and implementation of plans to mitigate, minimize and monitor environmental effects, providing field expertise, site supervision and auditing of contractor services, regulatory engagement and reporting;
  • Supporting environmental monitoring, studies, and compliance programs;
  • Preparing and presenting environmental information for employee and/or contractor orientations and training;
  • Data collection, analysis and preparation of reports for regulatory departments/agencies in support of regulatory approvals, compliance monitoring and environmental monitoring.


Skills, Capabilities and Experience:

You will have completed an Environmental Technologist, Bachelor of Science Degree (preferably in Biology/Ecology) or a Bachelor of Engineering Degree. You will have a minimum of three years or relevant experience.

Experience in some of the following areas is preferred: hydro or other large capital construction projects, hydro and flows, Indigenous engagement, environmental legislation at provincial and federal levels and report/data analysis and interpretation.

Experience in some of the following areas is considered an asset: wetland identification, watercourse alteration, fish and fish habitat, species at risk, use of mapping tools (e.g. GPS/GIS), construction monitoring, ISO 14001 environmental management systems and database management.

You possess a high level of professionalism, a strong work ethic, and demonstrated communication, problem solving, and analytical skills. You are a self-motivated team player with the ability to manage multiple tasks and make independent decisions in a timely manner. The successful candidate will have the ability to report clearly on outcomes to all members of NSPI/Emera. You hold a valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License.

At Nova Scotia Power, our employees are our greatest strength. Our Leadership Competencies set standards that advance our business strategy, deliver results for customers, and provide career development for employees. As the ideal candidate for this position you speak up on health, safety and environment issues, and demonstrate a belief that all injuries are preventable. You support flexibility in the workplace and embrace change. An Environmental Scientist builds strong collaborative relationships with a commitment to a respectful, inclusive and productive work environment while demonstrating integrity and a commitment to operational excellence for our customers. Lastly, we encourage you to proactively ask questions and seek information to understand how your work relates to the business goals and make well informed decisions.

Reports to: Manager, Environment Hydro & Wind

Salary: To commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Must Be Received By: All interested candidates should apply no later than July 26, 2022.

Late applications may not receive consideration.

Recruitment and Promotion Policy:

When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We are committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

In accordance with Emera’s occupational health and safety program and the Emera Vaccine Program, subject to any approved accommodation, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For clarity, “fully vaccinated” means 14 days since having the number of doses or combination of doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada or local public health agencies in the jurisdiction in which they will be employed.

At Emera we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including persons who identify as racially visible, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, women in underrepresented roles and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Applicants from these equity groups may self-identify through the on-line application process. Emera supports candidates and employees with access and accommodation needs.

If you are selected for an interview and require a specific accommodation, please advise our Talent Acquisition team and we will support you with the recruitment process.