Chief Inspector of Mines

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Date Posted: October 30, 2018
Closing Date: November 23, 2018
Victoria, BC (Primary)

This position is excluded from union membership.
An eligibility list may be established.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is the catalyst and facilitator for developing a sustainable and competitive mineral resource sector for British Columbians. The province’s mining and support industries provide thousands of long-term jobs, revenues to support provincial and local government services, and are an important component of regional economies throughout British Columbia.

The Mines and Mineral Resources Division is responsible for developing, promoting and regulating a thriving, globally competitive, safe and environmentally responsible mining industry, significantly benefiting all British Columbians.

The Chief Inspector of Mines is the Statutory Decision Maker accountable for regulatory oversight of B.C.’s mineral exploration and mining industry as set out in the Mines Act and Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia.

This position is based in Victoria and reports directly to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Mineral Resources Division. The Chief Inspector leads the development and implementation of legislation, regulations and programs to protect the health and safety of workers and members of the public from risk factors associated with mine operations across the province. As part of the Division executive team, this position leads a large, highly technical organization of industry specialists and is accountable for establishing and contributing positively to a high-performing organization, and successfully contributing to the delivery of the Division Plan and related aspects of the Ministry Service Plan. 

The position facilitates environmentally sound and publicly acceptable mining proposals within the province’s overall resource management and land-use framework, and considers the interests of Indigenous Communities. The Chief Inspector also ensures that sound environmental mining practices are followed, including proper reclamation of mine sites when mining is complete.

The role requires strong understanding of the complex regulatory regimes applied to the mining industry in B.C. and of interactions with multiple stakeholders including local residents, First Nations, Mines Associations, environmental groups, other ministries and regulatory agencies, and other levels of government.

The position requires expertise in regulatory requirements, policies and practices to ensure protection of health and safety of workers, the environment and the public at all stages of mine development. The work environment is fast-paced and the position requires excellent project and issues management skills. 

This is your opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful regions in British Columbia. The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Peter.Robb@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Relevant University degree; preference may be given to degrees in Mine Engineering, Geology or Natural Resource Management, as recognized by the relevant association.
  • Preference may be given to those who are registered or immediately* eligible for registration as a fully licensed Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC (The Association of Engineers and Geoscientists BC). *Immediately eligible means you are currently a fully licensed Professional Engineer in another Canadian jurisdiction and can be immediately transferred to Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience covering a combination of the follow critical mining related areas: health, safety, permitting, environment, and reclamation issues.
  • Demonstrated strategic decision-making and managerial skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills.
  • Experience in management, at a senior level, of geographically dispersed multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully building effective working relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders such as senior representatives of public/private sector, Indigenous communities, and community/special interest groups.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years successful experience providing leadership to professional employees and working effectively with private companies, unions, associations, and First Nations.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of establishing and reconciling program and project objectives, priorities and budgets.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


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Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying