Fort St John
$56,821.21 - $64,821.44*
* Posted salary includes a Job Family Market Multiplier of 10% and a location allowance of 3%
Oil and Gas Commission – Compliance and Enforcement Section: Compliance and Enforcement strives to
ensure that petroleum resources are developed, maintained, and transported in a safe, efficient and
environmentally sound manner consistent with statutory regulations.
The Enforcement Officer provides compliance and enforcement on a provincial basis and is a key resource in
the Compliance and Enforcement Program through which all provincial enforcement activities are channeled
Uses risk measurement tools, investigation, compliance and enforcement program performance measures;
plays a key role in enforcement program effectiveness and performance and provides a full range of
investigation, compliance and enforcement support to other commission programs throughout the province to
facilitate the achievement of the Commission’s conservation, protection, compliance and enforcement goals.
The position also ensures that all phases of the “upstream” oil and gas industry comply with legislated
requirements by conducting inspections and audits of wells, pipelines and facilities.
Qualifications – Grade 12 plus post secondary courses in natural resources law enforcement and 6 years
directly related experience ~or~ Technical Diploma in natural resource law enforcement or a related discipline
and 4 years directly related experience ~or~ Bachelor's Degree in natural resource law enforcement or a
related discipline and 2 years directly related experience
There will be different combinations of relevant experience, education and/or training that would result in the
person meeting the above standards.
Directly Related Experience includes experience in a position specializing in the enforcement of a broad
legislative mandate, such as environmental law enforcement and including but not limited to all of the following
elements of responsibilities: environmental law (waste/water/pesticide) and public education.
An eligibility list may be established. Occasional overtime work may be required.
Prior to submitting a resume and cover letter, please review the following job description for a complete list of
duties and qualifications. Your application package should clearly outline how your skills and experience would
qualify you for this position. Please note applicants will only be contacted if they are selected to proceed further
in the process. For additional information regarding this position, please contact Keith Rande at (250) 261-
5771. For Human Resources please contact Christine Richards at (250)-261-2054. You are also encouraged
to view the OGC’s Website. For community information on Fort St. John please visit Website
Closing Date: July 25, 2008
Apply to: Oil and Gas Commission, 100 10003 110 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 6M7
FAX: (250) 787-3550
For More Information: Keith Rande
Phone: (250) 261-5771
Oil and Gas Commission
POSITION TITLE: POSITION
Enforcement Officer NUMBER(S):
(e.g., Division, Region, Department) Project Assessment and Compliance
(e.g., Branch, Area, District) Compliance and Enforcement Fort St. John
SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: POSITION
Senior Enforcement Officer NUMBER
SUPERVISOR’S CLASSIFICATION: PHONE NUMBER:
FOR AGENCY USE ONLY NOC CODE:
APPROVED CLASSIFICATION: CLASS CODE:
ENTERED BY: PHONE NUMBER:
The Branch strives to ensure that petroleum resources are developed, maintained, and transported in a safe, efficient and
environmentally sound manner consistent with statutory regulations. OGC has the lead responsibility for enforcement of
the Oil and Gas Commission Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, Pipeline Act, Oil and Gas Activities Act and their
regulations, and the statutes listed below as they pertain to the oil and gas industry:
• Environment Management Act (Sections 8, 9, 9.1 and 9.2 only)
• Forest and Range Practices Act
• Land Act
• Integrated Pesticide Management Act
• Trespass Act
• Water Act
• Water Protection Act Special Conservation Officer Powers
• All persons employed by the Oil and Gas Commission who have been designated as Enforcement Officers under
Section 12(1) of the Oil and Gas Commission Act may also be designated as Special Conservation Officers. This
designation is restricted to exercising the duties and powers of the listed officials under the enactments specified,
only as they pertain to the oil and gas industry, as follows:
• Conservation Officer Environment Management Act
• Peace officer Offence Act
• Inspector Integrated Pesticide Management Act
• Officer Water Act
• Officer Water Protection Act
PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Enforcement Officer provides compliance and enforcement on a provincial basis and is a key resource in the
Compliance and Enforcement Program through which all provincial enforcement activities will be channeled and
Uses risk measurement tools, investigation, compliance and enforcement program performance measures; plays a key
role in enforcement program effectiveness and performance and provides and oversees a full range of investigation,
compliance and enforcement support to other commission programs throughout the province to facilitate the achievement
of the Commission’s conservation, protection, compliance and enforcement goals.
The position also ensures that all phases of the “upstream” oil and gas industry comply with legislated requirements by
conducting inspections and audits of wells, pipelines and facilities.
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NATURE OF WORK AND POSITION LINKS
The OGC is a resource management organization with legal requirement to support professional law enforcement
activities related to the oil and gas industry. The position is designated as an Enforcement Officer and Inspector pursuant
to Section 12(1) of the Oil and Gas Commission Act may be acknowledged as a Special Conservation Officer pursuant to
section 8.1(3)(c) of the Environment Management Act (British Columbia). (Discussions are currently underway to
potentially have the position acknowledged as a Fishery Inspector pursuant to subsection 5(1) of the Fisheries Act
The position also has the full authority to direct repairs or changes to pipeline facilities and installations and may order out
of service any installation, that is in the opinion of the Officer, not in the interest of public and employee safety or is in non-
compliance with the "Pipeline Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, Oil and Gas Activities Act, pursuant regulations and
Assists in the ongoing development and implementation of an Enforcement Section within the Oil and Gas Commission.
Acts as the Senior Enforcement Officer when required. Is an investigator with a good level of knowledge in environmental
investigation, enforcement techniques, case law and project planning.
Position links include:
• Petroleum Industry representatives: ensures that operations comply with all applicable legislation, lease
agreements and approval conditions; negotiates changes to operating practices to ensure compliance.
• Other programs and enforcement personnel in other agencies (e.g., Conservation Officer Service, Forest Service,
RCMP, Canadian Wildlife Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, etc.): ensures effective working
relationships are maintained and coordinates joint investigations.
• Legal counsel: obtains advice on legal proceedings; recommends charges/penalties reflecting impact of illegal
actions on the environment; ensures awareness of evolving case law.
• Media/public: acts as a contact when required on sensitive issues regarding enforcement of legislation; participates
in public meetings.
• First Nations: in cooperation with First Nations Liaison Inspector participates in job exposure/shadowing programs
for First Nations participants when required.
SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITIES / DELIVERABLES
• Recommends legislative changes, new regulations, investigation and enforcement program policy and procedures;
assists in developing law enforcement strategies for the province; assists in developing and defining the processes
and standards of evidence required for court cases in accordance with enforcement hearing rules, case law and
procedural protocols; analyzes court decisions and prepares draft briefing notes, reports and/or recommendations
for future action, (recommendations may impact policies, procedures, guidelines and standards under which
Investigation and Enforcement Officers work).
• Conducts investigations into suspected non-compliance to related legislation by the oil and gas industry (including
environmental audits/enforcement work such as stream crossings, special waste, transportation of dangerous
goods etc.), and assesses information and complaints received from various sources; assesses information derived
from investigations and decides upon an appropriate course of action including, exercising statutory authorities to
make arrests, seize equipment, issue tickets, issue stop work orders and recommend prosecution, penalties or
cancellation of permits, obtains and ensures the security and continuity of evidence, provides expert testimony in
court and acts as prosecutor for disputed violation tickets.
• Reports details of potential violations falling within the enforcement mandate of the Department of Fisheries and
Oceans (DFO) or Conservation Officer Services (COS) to the local Fisheries Officer or local District Conservation
Officer; conducts joint investigations with DFO and COS and determines (in conjunction with legal counsel) if there
is a mutual benefit for the joining of any prosecutions in conjunction with the other’s legislation for the purposes of
efficiency, and for maximizing the potential successful outcome of the legal proceedings within the court system.
• When called upon by other programs, assists with inspection programs at oil and gas industry operations
throughout the province to ensure compliance with the Pipeline Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, Oil and Gas
Activities Act, Forest and Range Practices Act and other applicable legislation and issues remedial and/or stop
work orders where activities are deemed in contravention of the above acts and regulations and through
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enforcement, assists auditors to ensure oil and gas production measurement accuracy, proper handling of waste
by-products and conservation of resource products to ensure accurate royalty revenue to the crown.
• Investigates events that involve accidents, fires, spills, and the unscheduled release of petroleum products into the
environment to determine legal responsibilities; analyses, evaluates and approves measures designed to prevent
the reoccurrence of the above events.
• Assists in the planning, coordination, and participates with investigative teams in the conduct of provincial, inter-
provincial, inter-regional or international investigation and enforcement projects; provides team leadership when
required to attached staff; ensures case files are kept in a complete, secure and professional manner; liaises with
other program staff to resolve any competing demands for technical support from Inspectional or Investigation and
Enforcement Officer staff.
• Prepares an annual work plan; monitors expenditures; ensures office and storage facilities meet
Commission/program and legal standards and suggests remedial action where required; assists with operational,
equipment and building audits.
• Maintains database of information on investigation and enforcement activities; organizes records into a logical
order, creating a detailed table of contents and statement of points; maintains comprehensive information regarding
industry practices as related to enforcement and compliance needs; drafts minister’s letters, briefing notes, reports,
press releases, etc.
DIRECT SUPERVISION (i.e., responsibility for signing the employee appraisal form)
Role # of Regular FTE’s # of Auxiliary FTE’s
Directly supervises staff
Supervises staff through subordinate supervisors
PROJECT /TEAM LEADERSHIP OR TRAINING (Check the appropriate boxes)
Role # of FTE’s Role # of FTE’s
Supervises students or volunteers Many Provides formal training to other staff Many
Lead project teams Assigns, monitors and examines the work of staff
• Required to successfully complete OGC approved Petroleum Industry fundamentals course as required
• Willing to fly in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
• Required to work some week-ends, some evenings and will work a flextime schedule
• Required to submit to security, medical and psychological check.
• Basic first aid with transportation endorsement training.
• Annual firearms qualification.
• Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.
• Required to travel remote industry roads and conform to road safety procedures
TOOLS / EQUIPMENT
• Maintains and operates 4 wheel drive vehicle in all types of driving conditions both on and off road.
• Uses sensitive gas monitoring equipment.
• Frequent use of computer.
• Uses and maintains snowmobiles, quads and boats, truck radio.
• Duties of this position are normally conducted in geographically remote areas and in the presence of potentially
hazardous poisonous and explosive gases.
• All ’sour gas’ locations require monitoring for hazardous toxic levels and the use of appropriate personal
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• Requires ability to hike long distances to observe sites inaccessible by motorized vehicle.
• Requires climbing and crouching to enter confined spaces around facilities and rig sites.
• Overnight travel.
• Working outside in all weather conditions plus exposure to potential attacks from wild animals, especially bears
Christine Richards July 7, 2008
EXCLUDED MANAGER AUTHORIZATION
I confirm that:
1. the accountabilities / deliverables were assigned to this position effective: (Date).
2. the information in this position description reflects the actual work performed.
3. a copy has / will be provided to the incumbent(s).
NAME: SIGNATURE: DATE:
Education and Experience
• Grade 12 plus post secondary courses in natural resources law enforcement and 6 years directly related
• Technical Diploma in natural resource law enforcement or a related discipline and 4 years directly related
• Bachelor's Degree in natural resource law enforcement or a related discipline and 2 years directly related
• There will be different combinations of relevant experience, education and/or training that would result in the
person meeting the above standards, i.e. Masters in natural resource management and 1 year directly related
Directly Related Experience Includes:
• Experience in a position specializing in the enforcement of a broad legislative mandate, such as environmental
law enforcement and including but not limited to all of the following elements of responsibilities: environmental law
(waste/water/pesticide) and public education.
• Good knowledge of all Provincial and Federal enforcement legislation, including but not limited to: Criminal Code
(Canada), Environment Management Act, Evidence Act, Fisheries Act (Canada), Fisheries Act (BC), Forest
Practices Code of BC Act, Interpretation Act, Land Act, Motor Vehicle (All Terrain) Act, Offence Act, Oil and Gas
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Commission Act, Integrated Pest Management Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, Pipeline Act, Transportation
of Dangerous Goods Act, Trespass Act, Environmental Management Act, Water Act, Water Protection Act,
• Knowledge of the criminal justice system and procedures, case law and preparation of cases for court.
• Knowledge of Oil and Gas Commission policies, procedures and practices.
• Knowledge and application of investigative techniques
• Technical understanding of environmental protection management (e.g. drinking water, special wastes), and oil
and gas industry impact on the environment.
• Knowledge of work plans, risk management principles and compliance strategies (district audit)
• Knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of equipment including firearms, vehicles, ATV's, boats,
wilderness survival, first aid and handling of dangerous substances.
Skills and Abilities
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the Commission in public meetings
and through the media when required.
• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to deal effectively with the public in enforcement situations; in answering
complaints and inquiries and explaining legislation to the public and industry; liaising with other ministries and
enforcement agencies and testifying in court.
• Ability to adapt to and implement changing enforcement resolutions such as administrative penalties and new
• Skill and ability to work with program staff with differing views and arrive at sound and appropriate solutions to
complex enforcement issues.
• Aptitude in conducting investigations including exhaustive research and case preparation; interpreting the law as
it applies to applicable legislation and interpreting policies, regulations and procedures.
• Ability to resolve conflicts and make sound decisions regarding law enforcement applications, and in assessing
safety requirements, often under stressful situations.
• Ability to operate field equipment (e.g., boats, vehicles and firearms) and to cope with adverse weather conditions
• Ability to effectively supervise contract staff, volunteers, students and foster a positive work environment.
• Ability to organize workload effectively, efficiently and independently, achieving results within acceptable
timeframes taking into consideration changing priorities / deadlines / volume / available resources / reporting
• Ability to formulate annual work plan and priorities.
• Required to submit to a security check and medical background investigation to establish evidence of good
character and good health.
Teamwork and cooperation is the ability to work co-operatively within diverse teams, work groups and across the
organization to achieve group and organizational goals. It includes the desire and ability to understand and respond
effectively to other people from diverse backgrounds with diverse views.
Decisive insight combines the ability to draw on one's own experience, knowledge and training and effectively problem-
solve increasingly difficult and complex situations. It involves breaking down problems, tracing implications and
recognizing patterns and connections that are not obviously related. It translates into identifying underlying issues and
making the best decisions at the most appropriate time. At higher levels, the parameters upon which to base the decision
become increasingly complex and ambiguous and call upon novel ways to think through issues.
Results orientation is a concern for surpassing a standard of excellence. The standard may be one’s own past
performance (striving for improvement); an objective measure (achievement orientation); challenging goals that one has
set; or even improving or surpassing what has already been done (continuous improvement). Thus, a unique
accomplishment also indicates a Results Orientation
Integrity refers to actions that are consistent with what one says are important. People with integrity "walk the talk" by
communicating intentions, ideas and feelings openly and directly, and welcoming openness and honesty even in difficult
Service orientation implies a desire to identify and serve customers/clients, who may include the public, co-workers,
other branches/divisions, other ministries/agencies, other government organizations, and non-government organizations.
It means focusing one’s efforts on discovering and meeting the needs of the customer/client.
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Initiative involves identifying a problem, obstacle or opportunity and taking appropriate action to address current or future
problems or opportunities. As such, initiative can be seen in the context of proactively doing things and not simply thinking
about future actions. Formal strategic planning is not included in this competency.
Self control is the ability to keep one's emotions under control and restrain negative actions when provoked, faced with
opposition or hostility from others, or when working under stress. It also includes the ability to maintain stamina under
Information seeking is driven by a desire to know more about things, people or issues. It implies going beyond the
questions that are routine or required in the job. It may include "digging" or pressing for exact information; resolution of
discrepancies by asking a series of questions; or less-focused environmental "scanning" for potential opportunities or
miscellaneous information that may be of future use.
Relationship building is working to build or maintain ethical relationships or networks or contacts with people who are,
or may be, potentially helpful in achieving work-related goals and establishing advantages. These people may include
customers, clients, counterparts, colleagues, etc.
Conflict Management is the ability to develop working relationships that facilitate the prevention and/or resolution of
conflicts within the organization.
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