Senior Advisor, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Infrastructure
Job ID: 21220
Salary: $103,350 - $123,455
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Dec 7, 2021

Department Information

The Department of Infrastructure (INF) provides high quality services to the public and Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) departments, boards and agencies including the planning, design, construction, acquisition, operation and maintenance of public transportation infrastructure and the buildings, works and equipment required for the GNWT to deliver its programs and services. INF makes essential petroleum products available for sale to the public where these products are not provided by the private sector, and promotes the development and increased use of energy efficient technologies.  INF also regulates electrical and mechanical safety services and licenses individuals and vehicles operating in the territory.

For more information please refer to the Department of Infrastructure website at

Job Information

The Senior Advisor is in Yellowknife and reports to the Director, Strategic Energy Infrastructure. The Department of Infrastructures' investments in strategic infrastructure projects are guided by the strategic direction set by the Legislative Assembly, as well as long-term visionary documents such as the 2030 Energy Strategy and Action Plan, the Climate Change Strategic Framework and Action Plan and the NWT Transportation Strategy (2015-2040) (the Transportation Strategy). The Transportation Strategy charts a path to provide and promote safe, reliable, and sustainable multi-modal transportation system by strengthening connections, capturing opportunities and embracing innovation. The 2030 Energy Strategy has identified the Taltson Project as a strategic infrastructure project that will be transformative to the NWT’s and Canada’s social and economic well-being. The proposed Taltson Project is part of a multi-phased approach to address energy, communications and transportation infrastructure deficits for the NWT over the next twenty years. The Senior Advisor will ensure that the Taltson Project is approached in a manner consistent with federal and territorial environmental management legislation, GNWT strategic Policy and plans, land use plans, Indigenous Land Claims, resources and self- government agreements and broader environmental initiatives such as conservation network planning, biodiversity initiatives, federal and territorial species at risk initiatives and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.


- Expert knowledge of environmental legislation and regulatory processes in the NWT, along with the analytical capacity to interpret them in relation to infrastructure works and projects;

- Knowledge of project management processes in a northern context; 

- Knowledge of consultation and engagement requirements;  

- Knowledge of land use planning and land management regimes, and environmental and wildlife issues;

- Knowledge of NWT resource-related legislation and land claims and self-government agreements, Indigenous government institutions, governance systems and communities;

- Knowledge of environmental site assessment, audit and monitoring principles, and their applicability to a wide variety of transportation related activities and operations along with the analytical ability to interpret these in relation to transportation works and projects;

- Knowledge of northern ecosystems (Arctic and sub-Arctic) and the life functions of northern species, particularly fish, birds, and caribou;

- Knowledge and understanding of northern environmental and development related issues, as well as northern history and culture;

- Managerial, leadership and supervisory skills;

- Planning and organizational skills to meet work schedules and critical milestone dates, and to coordinate and organize own and subordinates work activities with competing priorities in a multi-task work environment;

- Verbal and written communication skills to exchange information and liaise with a wide variety of peers, colleagues and stakeholders;

- Ability to identify, assess and propose mitigation for adverse environmental and socioeconomic impacts of large-scale transportation projects.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A university degree in Environmental Science, Planning or Environmental Studies, with a minimum of 5 years of job related experience, including relevant and progressive project experience. Experience in both government and private industry projects that have undergone an Environmental Assessment or similar regulatory review process would be an asset.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal records check.  Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.


The incumbent in this position will be required to travel to other communities and/or work sites approximately 25 times per year.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The successful candidate will be required to comply with the GNWT's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which can be found here:

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 21220         

Closing Date: December 7, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.00 per hour to $63.31 per hour (approximately $103,350 - $123,455.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.