Environmental Engineer

  • Canadian National Railway
  • Canada
  • Jul 27, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Geoscience-Hydrogeology Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Remediation - Brownfields - CERCLA

Job Description

ROLE:  The roll consists of managing a portfolio of contaminated sites varying in complexity. The goal is to ensure the environmental risk associated with site contaminants is minimized; the closure strategy is technically defensible and is optimized to drive down CN’s Environmental Liability. In addition to the management of the sites, the role is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and processes that will optimize site management. As part of the environmental engineer’s role in the environmental corporate affairs group, they develop corporate strategies to improve environmental systems and procedures, and ensure there is consistency across the network.  

The position also supports senior management in the preparation of briefings and presentations that detail corporate initiatives and environmental performance. The role requires an ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as an understanding of when senior management needs to be informed/participate in the decision making process.  


Environmental Contaminated Site Management

  • Portfolio Management for approximately 90 contaminated sites with average annual cost of $18M
  • Manage and implement liability reduction strategies for contaminated sites portfolio  with a total environmental liability of $54M and review and approve individual site environmental liability based on management strategy
  • Prioritize site remediation efforts and optimize closure strategy by preparing and evaluating RFPs, and conducting peer and panel reviews
  • Manage projects involving site investigation and remediation of soil, ground water, and surface water for sites with complex technical/regulatory issues and identify best fit/team for a given work program based on their strengths

  • Drive projects to completion by ensuring project are on schedule and within budget

  • Provide performance assessments to consultants to communicate constructive criticism and allow project managers to benchmark against their peers.

  • Recommend and execute liability closure based on an assessment of environmental risk

  • Manage over 20 Project Managers from various consultant firms.


Stakeholder Relationship Management 

  • Facilitate meetings  with regulatory agencies to ensure technical information is easily understood and regulators commit to a clear path forward and/or concrete action items
  • Negotiate remedial solutions for contaminated soil and ground water, using innovative and emerging remedial treatment technologies as well as traditional systems

  • Ensure all forms of communication remain transparent and collaborative to build strong and long lasting relationships with regulators and maintain CN’s positive reputation.

  • Communicate proactively with municipal governments and other affected parties in an open and transparent manner.

  • Support the development of stakeholder communication strategies for complex projects


Environmental Strategic Initiatives including Management Systems

  • Identify potential areas for environmental improvement and implement strong environmental stewardship strategies to achieve regulatory and corporate requirements, advance corporate procedure development and drive reduction of environmental footprint (such as overall EMS and more specifically Environmental Policy, Environmental Management Programs (EMPs), Standardization of Documents and SOPs, etc.)

Corporate Environmental Management Support

  • Provide briefings and presentations on environmental issues for senior management
  • Prepare external stakeholder performance reports for senior management


  • Internal:  There will be substantial communication with other subject matter experts in Environment (regions), Supply Management, Legal and Aboriginal Affairs, Public Affairs and Operations, to ensure strategic direction is considering all relevant factors. 
  • External:  Regular interaction with Consulting and Contracting Firms across North America for remediation work or environmental corporate initiatives.  Frequent interaction with provincial regulators to gain consensus on remediation strategies where impacts are no longer on CN property and help improve their knowledge and trust that CN is operating in good faith. Occasionally working with local governments, other stakeholder and First Nations to ensure proposed work can be completed with their support.


  • Professional licensure is required (P.Eng, Eng, etc.)
  • An advanced degree (Masters) in engineering, environmental sciences or related degree is preferred

  • 7 - 10 years of related contaminated sites assessment, remediation and risk management experience

  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills are required given the number of projects

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and leadership skills are required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build long-term, successful professional relationships with regulators, municipal governments, other stakeholders, colleagues, consultants and contractors.

  • Shows initiative to recognize emerging problems, focus on bottom line results and ability to work independently with minimal supervision and pro-actively develop solutions using methods such as systems thinking and continuous improvement tools.

  • Ability to communicate effectively (both oral and written in English and French) at various levels throughout the organization and with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Project)


  • Office conditions and field work conditions with some business travel when projects / assignments require same (80% office)
  • Must be able to complete work within tight timeframes, and show schedule flexibility
  • Location undetermined.  The most qualified and successful candidate may be based from any one of CN’s major terminals in Canada.