Engineering Co-op Student (Environmental) #74601

Company: Regional Municipality Of Woodbuffalo

Job Description

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is poised to enter a bold new era. Leading Fort McMurray and the nine rural communities that comprise Wood Buffalo, we are charting a course as a global leader for sustainable living in the north.

The development of this region has long been propelled by the hard work and tenacity of generations of residents whose spirit defines the region. In the last two centuries, the region has grown and transformed from one of Canada's most successful fur trading posts, to an international supplier of salt, to the home of the world's largest industrial operation, the oil sands. This development has been made possible by ambition, innovation and big ideas.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is located in the northeast corner of Alberta, Canada. With 68,454 km2, our region is the second largest municipality in Canada.

Position Type/ Hours:
This is a co-op position working forty (40) hours per week for approximately four (4) months within the Sustainable Operations Branch of the Engineering & Environmental Services Department. This position is located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's urban center.

Position Description:

  • The Engineering Co-op Student will participate as a member of the Sustainable Operations Branch, providing them experience in solid waste, water treatment, wastewater treatment, and underground services.
  • Through this exposure they will gain a greater understanding of project coordination and municipal operations as they participate and provide support on a variety of projects/initiatives such as solid waste gasification, composting, heat recovery, and aerobic landfill conversion.
  • This will be in addition to traditional operations that encompass technologies such as composting, wastewater treatment, water treatment, and regulatory compliance activities.
  • Assists the Sustainable Operations Supervisor(s) with overall program service delivery through direct involvement in daily operations and overall administration.
  • Researches and assists with the development and implementation of departmental strategies, tools, plans, budgets, and future needs based on best practices for continuous improvement.
  • Supports Sustainable Operations in the preparation of preliminary designs, contract administration, environmental sampling, and project implementation. Assist in the preparation and issuing of reports.
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Engineering from a recognized post secondary institution.
  • Related experience in environmental engineering is an asset.
  • Experience working in a public sector environment with unionized and non-unionized employees considered an asset.


  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, leaders, bargaining agents, and external contacts; interacts in a manner that builds trust, credibility, and rapport.
  2. Strong written and verbal communication, organizational, presentation, project management and problem solving skills.
  3. Ability to multi-task and handle many competing priorities.
  4. Strong planning, leadership, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  5. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  6. Strong background in Environmental Engineering, particularly concepts relating to GHG emissions, Solid Waste Management, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, and environmental regulation.
  7. A valid Class Five (5) Alberta Driver's Licence is required (clear driving record an asset).
  8. May require use of personal vehicle for business travel purposes.
  9. Must be willing to work outside in all weather conditions.
  10. May be exposed or work in unsanitary conditions. Immunizations strongly recommended.

Salary Range:

            1. $28.58 per hour
            2. In addition to the rate of pay, we offer other attractive incentives:
            3. An additional bi-weekly payment of $480 which represents a cost of living allowance

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