Scientific Innovation Project Coordinator – metrovancouver

Position Title: Scientific Innovation Project Coordinator

Position Status: Full-Time Regular

Department: Liquid Waste Services

Employee Group: Teamsters Local 31

Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Salary Range/ Wage Rate: PG 27 $2,993.53 – $3,536.55 bi-weekly

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Scientific Innovation Project Coordinator to join the Collaborative Innovations Team within the Policy, Planning and Analysis Division. The Collaborative Innovations Team explores utility improvement ideas and demonstrates their positive impact for inclusion in utility plans. This position will have a significant role in moving the needle on wastewater innovation and regional sustainability. The normal work place for this position is Metro Vancouver’s Head Office in Burnaby.

You are:

  • Inventive with the ability to draw from a breadth of scientific knowledge.
  • Resourceful, gaining insights from your vast professional network to solve large-scale problems.
  • Well-grounded in science and research in microbiological or biochemical water or wastewater systems.
  • Able to communicate complex matters into simple terms.
  • Passionate about people, partnerships, and the planet.


This role:

  • Develops initiatives for technological innovations in wastewater operations in areas such as resource recovery, renewable energy, process optimization and sustainability; investigates problem or opportunity, performs research and complex technical analyses to evaluate the application of scientific advancements involving microbiological, biochemical and related processes to wastewater operations; liaises with internal collaborators, academic institutions, research organizations and industry in the review of innovative approaches and technologies.
  • Develops proposals to investigate the viability of prospective innovations and presents recommendations to senior management, political committees, professional groups and other stakeholders; outlines project scope, including methodology, plans, participants, budgets, deliverables and timelines; drafts reports, grant applications or other information to support proposals.
  • Coordinates approved projects to develop the innovation in partnership with external parties; directs, coordinates and participates in the work of staff and oversees contractors; reviews technical reports for accuracy and compliance with project objectives; drafts partnership agreements, organizes financial accounts, monitors budgets and contracts; evaluates progress towards objectives and provides related updates.
  • Evaluates overall effectiveness of the innovation project upon completion; recommends next steps, alternative direction for improving processes and future opportunities; reports on outcomes as required.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external parties; aligns the interests of external parties to selected innovative initiatives; develops relationships with professionals and researchers from diverse fields of study.
  • Maintains currency on emergent scientific discoveries and technological advances related to the field of wastewater operations.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of materials such as records, technical and status reports, project and experiment specifications.
  • Performs related work as required.


To be successful, you have:

  • Degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry or other applied discipline; eligibility for registration in a professional association related to the work; considerable related experience in water or wastewater utility operations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of researching, evaluating and analyzing scientific approaches to technological innovations in wastewater operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of wastewater collection and treatment processes, including the physical, chemical and microbiological processes at work within engineered systems and their environmental impact.
  • Considerable knowledge of sources of data and current literature, trends, research methodology and developments in scientific fields related to the work.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods, principles, practices of operating computer and peripheral equipment and software related to the work.
  • Ability to review problem or opportunity, research and analyze technical data, and synthesize concepts towards an innovative purpose, drawing on scientific knowledge, industry experience and professional networks.
  • Ability to develop clear and concise reports and proposals, detailed project specifications and related documentation, and to coordinate project resources and monitor budgets, contracts and agreements.
  • Ability to coordinate projects and to direct, coordinate and participate in the work of staff, direct and oversee contractors, and liaise with external partners to evaluate progress towards objectives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to make presentations to stakeholders. for the Province of British Columbia.


Our Vision:

Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by October 12, 2020.