The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) is a respected decision-maker, exemplifying integrity and foresight in the best interests of Albertans. As an arm’s-length, regulatory agency of the Government of Alberta we have two distinct mandates. Under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act, the NRCB determines whether proposed non-energy natural resource projects are in the public interest, considering social, environmental, and economic effects. Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act, the NRCB is responsible for regulating confined feeding operations in Alberta, including application and compliance activities.
Reporting to the Director, Field Services – Applications, this position works both independently and as part of a team of professionals located across Alberta. Approval officers are authorized by the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) to issue decisions on confined feeding operation applications. This position works with operators, municipalities and the confined feeding industry in Alberta to ensure that confined feeding operation applications meet the requirements of the act and its regulations. This position is responsible for reviewing technical information provided by applicants for the planning, siting and development of confined feeding facilities, and for coordinating the review of applications with municipalities and Government of Alberta ministries and agencies (referral agencies) as required. This position is responsible for determining and issuing decisions in accordance with AOPA and NRCB operational policies.
• Evaluate applications to develop or expand confined feeding operations (CFOs) so that AOPA requirements and NRCB operational policy requirements are met.
• Make determinations of environmental risks at CFOs and ensure that risks are appropriately addressed when considering applications.
• Issue permits as the signing authority for new or expanding confined feeding operations and manure storage facilities in accordance with AOPA and NRCB operational policies and evaluate construction compliance.
• Comply with NRCB requirements for data and records retention.
• Participate in other projects, responsibilities, and teamwork as required.
• Potentially provide assistance in support of board reviews on major non-energy development applications as required.
• Bachelor of Science Degree with at least five years experience in related regulatory or environmental work. Additional related education may be considered in lieu of some experience.
• Membership or entitlement to membership in the Alberta Institute of Agrology is required.
• Good understanding of environmental risks related to the livestock industry.
• Knowledge of agricultural practices and/or livestock operations.
• Computer literate with good word processing, spreadsheet and database skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Working knowledge of relevant NRCB and Alberta government legislation, regulations and operational policies.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Self-motivated and able to coordinate multiple tasks at any one time.
The Approval Officer is a full-time permanent position, located in the Lethbridge NRCB office. The successful candidate will also be eligible to participate in the NRCB Hybrid Workplace Policy which allows employees to work remotely two days per week.
The position offers a competitive salary range of $75,293 to $108,957. Salary is based on experience and qualifications. The NRCB also offers a generous benefits package and a defined contribution pension plan.