Environment and Climate Change Canada Science and Technology Branch / Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division – The Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division (PIRD) of Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking a scientific expert to participate via the Interchange Canada program in activities directly contributing to emission quantification. This particular position is linked to developing improved systems and methods to monitor and track fugitive emissions from upstream oil and gas activities in Canada.

The Position

The Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division (PIRD) is part of the Science and Technology Branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada. Its offices are located in Gatineau (near Ottawa). PIRD is responsible for developing and publishing Canada’s Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutant Inventories.

The duties of the position will involve: – Keeping track of, and as appropriate contributing to on-going studies measuring fugitive methane emissions – Monitoring and summarizing recent knowledge development in the area of interest – Developing approaches to incorporate leak detection data in statistically-valid, equipment-level emission factors and – Working with experts in PIRD’s Energy Section to develop (a) database(s) of typical equipment schedules and associated emission factors.

The ideal candidate will have a strong science/engineering background, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, and demonstrated expertise in bottom-up approaches and technologies for detecting and quantifying air emissions. He/she should also have experience in statistical data analyses and database systems.

The candidate will contribute his/her knowledge of: – technologies and practices in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry; – current technologies for measuring equipment fugitive emissions; – the scientific literature on fugitive emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry and recent Canadian and U.S. measurement campaigns to evaluate/characterize these emissions.

Projects that the incumbent is likely to become involved with include: – equipment-level and facility-level leak detection measurements; – direct analyses of industry-reported data set to extract underlying patterns, inconsistencies and assumptions; – statistical analysis of equipment- or facility-level leak detection data (e.g. frequency, magnitude).

Interchange Canada Program

This is an assignment opportunity under the Interchange Canada Program. Full-time or part-time assignments can last up to three consecutive years. In exceptional circumstances, an extension of up to two additional years beyond the three consecutive years can be obtained.

Prospective participants to Interchange Canada: a) are employees of a sponsoring organization, including a personal corporation, and remain an employee of that organization throughout the assignment; sponsoring organizations can be private, public or not-for-profit sector organizations; b) have been an employee of the sponsoring organization for a period of six months prior to the commencement of the assignment; c) have the competencies to meet the operational and organizational requirements of the assignment; d) are not in a conflict of interest as a result of the assignment in accordance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment and organizational Codes of Conduct.

The assignment agreement is implemented via a letter of agreement signed by the parties, and including among other information: a) A statement that the participant is an employee of the sponsoring organization, and will remain so throughout the assignment; b) A statement that the participant will return to a position with the sponsoring organization at a rate of remuneration of not less than their present salary; c) The start and the end date of the assignment; d) The compensation amounts to be refunded; e) A statement indicating how official language requirements will be met.

Salary and Benefits under Interchange Canada: a) During the assignment, the sponsoring organization continues to pay the participant’s full salary. b) The host organization (Environment and Climate Change Canada in this case) does not pay compensation directly to participants, but refunds to the sponsoring organization the cost of the participant’s full salary, employer-paid benefit costs and overtime if applicable. c) When the assignment involves a relocation, the participant may be entitled to various forms of expenses reimbursement, depending on circumstances.

For additional information, please contact:

Dominique Blain Director, Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Science and Technology Branch Environment and Climate Change Canada
[email protected] / Tel: +1 819-938-5237 / Cell. : +1 819 635-7065