Chemistry & Environment Leader
BC Hydro 4.046 reviews - Port Moody, BC

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Your passion lies in making a difference. By moving beyond the expected, you help make our world a better place. These values we respect and seek out in employees. Together, we can build our community, foster conservation and deliver clean, reliable energy solutions for today, tomorrow and generations to come.

Being one of the largest electric utilities in Canada and North America, BC Hydro offers challenging opportunities throughout the province.



Generation Operations has an exciting opportunity for a Chemistry & Environment Leader to join a team of professionals based at BC Hydro's Burrard Thermal Generating Station in Port Moody, BC.

  • Provides an analytical service to Burrard Generating Station to ensure all chemical processes and analyses are performed effectively. Manages laboratory and environmental programs to ensure both water and air emissions meet established standards and to ensure EMS compliance. Oversees the operation of the laboratory. Holds work leadership responsibility for and performs the same duties as employees in the Chemistry & Environment Technologist job.
  • Holds work leadership responsibilities for and performs the same duties as employees assigned to the Chemistry & Environment Technologist job.
  • Performs an analytical chemical service by reviewing, recommending and establishing procedures for maintaining the desired chemical conditions, incorporating the examination of samples of water, steam, effluents, lubricants, cathodic protection systems, metal deposits, corrosion products, protective coatings, insulating materials, ion-exchange resins, filter media, gases and chemicals, and initiates corrective action as required.
  • Researches and prepares technical data and analytical reports and submissions related to air emission and water effluent permits and environmental studies; administers programs to ensure air emissions, liquid effluents, discharges, spill control and reporting requirements meet environmental and safety regulations; maintains liaison with other BC Hydro departments, Federal and Provincial environmental agencies, contractors and consultants.
  • Administers programs, procedures and training courses to ensure the unit cycle chemistry and all air and water emissions meet established standards and that safe working and handling practices are used.
  • Responds to trouble calls to resolve operating problems; oversees the operation of the laboratory and implements field test programs as required.
  • Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties that do not affect the rating of the job.


  • Completion of a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering plus 3 years lab experience, or Certificate of Technology in Chemistry or Environment plus 6 years’ experience (must hold or be eligible to hold a professional certification as an Applied Science Technologist or equivalent).
  • Completion of the Basic Corrosion Course from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and WSBC Asbestos Identification Training or equivalent will be considered an asset.
  • Satisfactory performance on this job requires approximately two (2) years to acquire the additional knowledge and skills necessary to perform the full scope of the job.


This position is affiliated with the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE local 378) (

  • Work is performed in an office under standard office working conditions; in a laboratory with chemicals, some of which require specified handling precautions; and in a plant with operating generating equipment, where working conditions may be poor with constant noise, vibration and heat.
  • Knowledge of the principles of general organic, inorganic and physical quantitative and qualitative analytical chemistry.
  • Excellent knowledge of the chemical, physical and biological analysis procedures required to perform the tests and analysis of water, steam and coolants produced at a thermal power plant.
  • Ability to analyze data, apply knowledge to plant situations and prepare complex technical reports.
  • Excellent working knowledge of corrosion and corrosion prevention including cathodic protection systems.
  • Good knowledge of environmental parameters allowed in plant emissions, how to test and how to achieve desired results.
  • Ability to test and analyze a variety of products used in the operation of the plant.
  • Working knowledge of photographic functions within a chemical lab.
  • Ability to work with others to review new programs and new chemical processes to ensure all environmental and safety regulations are met.
  • Good knowledge of corporate and regulatory agency health, safety and environmental standards and regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills to deal with public bodies and prepare submissions to government agencies.
  • Analytical ability to resolve a variety of abnormal chemical imbalances in water treatment systems or effluent discharges.
  • Excellent knowledge of environmental handling, storage and disposal methods.
  • Excellent knowledge of environmental regulations.
  • Complete knowledge of safety issues for field work.
  • Basic computer applications skills.
  • Ability to provide work leadership to lower-level positions.
  • This is a temporary role from approximately January 2, 2013 until February 28, 2014.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by November 25, 2012.

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At BC Hydro, our vision Powering B.C. with clean, reliable electricity for Generations is about working together to make a difference for the future of all British Columbians. To achieve this goal, we live by our six core values of Safety, Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Service and Ingenuity.

Safety – keep safety first in mind, heart and action
Accountability – take ownership, be decisive and move forward
Teamwork – One Hydro – make it happen together
Integrity – do the right thing
Service – proud of our service
Ingenuity – create resourceful solutions

If you share our values and are ready to join a great team, we’d love to hear from you!

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

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British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority (BC Hydro) is a Canada-based company. The Company is engaged in generating, purchasing,...