Sustainability Officer

Sustainability Officer
Temporary Full Time
24 Months        


“Building a Sustainable Municipality”

Building - Through council’s leadership, building and diversifying Big Lakes County’s economy and strengthening the County’s role as a leader of rural municipalities.

Sustainable – Striving for sustainability in Big Lakes County by setting the stage for continued innovation, education, diversification and good government.

Municipality – Maintaining the rural landscape in Big Lakes County by protecting agricultural resources and significant natural environments for future generations.



Reporting to the Director of Corporate Services, the Sustainability Officer will focus on the planning and implementation of County climate change priorities. The primary responsibility will be working on the development and implementation of the County’s change mitigation plan. Additionally, the Sustainability Officer will contribute to the development and implementation of County operational and institutional changes that will lead to operational savings and reduced vulnerability to climate change impacts. The Sustainability Officer may also be responsible for broader capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities and deliverables, as required.


Key Roles & Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Director of Corporate Services, and in conjunction with other County departments or external consultants, the incumbent will develop a climate mitigation plan for Big Lakes County. This will include the following tasks:

  • Prepare for the planning process, including educating County employees and council on climate change issues.
  • Create a vision for the planning process.
  • Assess the current situation (e.g. create a GHG inventory and carbon emission baseline study, assessing the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change impacts, etc.)
  • Develop the action plan.
  • Develop the measurement and monitoring protocols.
  • Obtain council and senior management approvals.
  • Implement the measurement and monitoring protocols.

Develop and promote the adoption of the County’s operational and institutional changes that will ensure the long-term success of the climate mitigation plan for the County.

  • Research, propose, and implement operational and institutional changes required to implement recommendations from the climate adaptation plan and ensure long-term impacts for the County.

Conduct research and analysis for the purpose of implementing County climate adaptation initiatives.

  • Assist with or lead public education programs.
  • Help with the following: organize stakeholder consultations, coordinate policy research, develop technical plans or specifications to implement a capital project, etc.

In conjunction with other County departments, ensure that the municipality:

  • Completes a self-assessment of the County’s performance and progress using the Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale at the beginning and end of the grant period.
  • Prepares and submits a project progress report (after 12 months) and a project completion report (after 24 months). 
  • Requests disbursements from Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at periodic intervals.


Education & Experience

  • A minimum of a post-secondary credential (degree/diploma) in Environmental Science, Biology, Environmental Studies or other related discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Degree preferred.
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Provide a current 5 year drivers’ abstract.
  • Provide a criminal records check.


Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

Strong knowledge and experience in the areas of climate change adaptation, sustainable development, asset management, etc.

  • Demonstrated understanding of climate change issues and sustainable development within the context of municipal government.
  • Strong research and analytical skills (e.g. ability to conduct rigorous research, summarize findings, and present recommendations).
  • Ability to conceptualize.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills (e.g. ability to write succinct reports and prepare communications materials).
  • Good knowledge of computer tools.
  • Strong ability to multi-task, with attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the program development process and how to implement new initiatives, including planning, costing, team building, implementation strategies, and building in feedback and evaluation techniques


Health & Safety:

  • All personnel working at Big Lakes County are governed by the County’s Health & Safety Policy.
  • Ensures all operations are conducted in a safe manner and in accordance with County Policies and Occupational Health & Safety Regulations

Note: the above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities require of the positions.

Submit cover letter and resume, including references to:
Eunice McCauley
Human Resources Manager
Big Lakes County
Box 239, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0
Ph: 780-523-5955      Fx: 780-523-4227
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Deadline for applications:  Open until suitable candidate found.

Big Lakes County thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Visit our website at for more information.

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