Environmental Scientist, Risk Assessment

Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
Grande Prairie, AB/Remote
Added: February 20, 2024
As an Environmental Scientist – Risk Assessment Specialist, You will part of Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd. (MEMS') Brownfield Assessment and Development (BAD) Service Group providing technical support for human health and ecological risk assessment projects along with environmental site assessment (ESA), remediation and re-development services for clients throughout Canada. This position focuses on the excellent execution of client-specific scopes of work, accurate project progress tracking and reporting and is a key contributor to the mentorship and development of junior support staff. This incumbent can execute work scopes or projects in adherence to client-specific expectations and scopes of work and MEMS outlined health, safety, environmental and wellness policies. This position is full time and requires a combination of field and office work.


  • Conduct literature searches and a thorough review, interpretation and summary of scientific literature to answer specific questions/problems;
  • Engaging with the risk assessment team to develop and update appropriate conceptual site models for a range of projects including complex sites.
  • Conducting site specific risk assessments and developing risk-based remedial objectives for contaminated sites of intermediate to high complexity with senior supervision.
  • Working with senior risk assessment staff to develop appropriate risk-based site management strategies.
  • Complete exposure modelling for both human and ecological receptors with limited senior oversight;
  • Ability to sort, analyze, and summarize data for complex projects.
  • Taking on a supporting role in human and ecological risk assessment projects for complex sites, environmental impact assessments and health impact assessments.
  • Complete field work to support ecological risk assessments.
  • Ability to take ownership of a project and produce high-quality work, with consideration given to deadlines, budget and work load.
  • Prepare results, written summaries, tables and graphs for use in project deliverables.
  • The ability to work well with others and to participate effectively in group initiatives to support the achievement of common objectives.
  • Knowledge of human health risk assessment methods.
  • Providing technical support as needed to other Millennium service areas within and outside of the BAD service group including site assessment and remediation, either in the office or field.
  • Leading the scoping, execution planning, organization and oversight of field and/or office- based programs for human and ecological risk assessment, Phase 1 and 2 ESA’s and remediation projects, including soil and groundwater assessments, with a focus on sites requiring risk-based solutions.
  • Working with contractors to implement risk assessment, ESA and remediation projects.
  • Accurate field cost tracking of expenses and contractors.
  • Executing all aspects of the project in accordance with the contract and ensuring quality of processes and deliverables.
  • Mentoring and career development of junior personnel in both field and office-related tasks.
  • Documentation and reporting of competency development of junior staff with respect to field technical skillsets.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Bring

  • A B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in environmental risk assessment, toxicology, biology, or related field required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience directly related to environmental and/or human health risk assessment is an asset, preferably in a consulting environment.
  • Have an understanding of site-specific risk assessment procedures and of the basis for and models underlying risk based environmental guidelines.
  • A basic knowledge of the key skills for risk assessment including biology, environmental chemistry, contaminant transport, modelling, and human health toxicity is expected
  • Eligibility for membership in a relevant professional organization is required.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements of site access as dictated by our clients, this may include pre-access drug, alcohol and fitness testing, and
  • Knowledge and experience with current provincial and federal legislation and familiarity with the environmental site assessment process.
  • Knowledge of both federal and provincial risk assessment frameworks would be an asset.
  • Understanding of environmental industry’s best practices.
  • Understanding of the upstream and downstream oil & gas industry, oil sands industry and commercial/industrial/brownfields environmental industry.
  • Multi-media exposure modelling and model modification.
  • Data management and analysis.
  • Knowledge of ecosystem assessment and ecological toxicity testing.
  • Good communications and organizational skills.
  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Excellent writing skills are essential for this role.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in presenting complex results clearly, and organizational ability.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • possess a valid, non-GDL Class 5 Drivers license.

Working Conditions

  • Although this position is primarily office based this individual should expect to spend some of their work time at client sites; each individual trip lasting anywhere from 1 to 10 days. This individual may conduct assessments at industrial facilities and or greenfield sites in remote locations. In some cases, the field work may include carrying sampling equipment.
  • Office environment that requires sitting for extended periods of time, as well as field work.
  • Prolonged exposure to computer keyboards and computer screens.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Sometimes requires long hours of work. Occasional interruptions outside work hours and travel to other locations are required.
  • Ability to work varying shifts, including the occasional evening and night; and
  • required to walk, stand, climb, bend forward, kneel down, crawl, reach and grasp, push and pull objects, lift and/or move up to 30 lbs, sometimes over the shoulders, repetitive bending and lifting of items, along with repetitive arm movements.

About MEMS

Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd. (MEMS) is an employee-owned environmental consultancy providing environmental, health and engineering services across western Canada since 1998. We are known for our credibility, integrity, technical competence, and our talented staff. We meet and exceed the needs of our client’s projects because we are prepared technically, professionally, and logistically. We are delivery-oriented and deliver superior, cost-effective services.

Why Choose MEMS?

MEMS Believes In Supporting Employees In Achieving Their Career Goals While Maintaining a Healthy Work-life Balance. In Addition To Rewarding Job Opportunities, We Offer An Attractive Employee Package, Including

  • Competitive salaries
  • Comprehensive benefits package including flex benefits for extended health care, dental care, vision, life insurance, short term disability insurance, long term disability insurance, critical illness insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Employee share-ownership plan
  • Group RRSP matching plans
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Career development planning
  • Flexible hours
  • Compensation for subscription and accreditation fees.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MEMS practices equal opportunity and fair hiring practices when filling positions and will hire the most qualified individuals based on their knowledge, skills, abilities and other competencies. MEMS has adopted this philosophy to ensure all employees, and potential candidates are considered for employment opportunities through a consistent, fair and barrier-free approach.

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