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Job Posting - Health & Safety Officer - Updated

May 10, 2024

Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Reports to: Senior Manager, Administration & GIS

Department: Administration

Location: North Vancouver


About Us: Established by Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Inlailawatash is an innovative and growing First Nations owned company that provides a range of natural and cultural resource services to diverse clients. Established in 2004, Inlailawatash provides integrated cultural and renewable resource services to Indigenous and crown governments, utilities, private sector businesses, and non-profit organizations. 

Based in səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/North Vancouver BC, we are comprised of natural resource, forestry, fisheries, archaeology, and GIS professionals, with knowledgeable field personnel who offer an exceptional combination of academic training, work experience, and project management skills. Prioritizing respect for Indigenous and environmental values throughout our business, Inlailawatash is truly unique. 

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Job Summary: We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our team as the Health & Safety Officer. The successful candidate will play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and partners across various departments and projects. This position will be instrumental in building a strong safety culture that aligns with our commitment to a safe and inclusive workplace that values the well-being of our workers and follows WorkSafeBC standards and regulatory compliance. Inlailawatash collaborates and works with a range of project partners and subcontractors to provide our services. The ideal candidate must be comfortable in researching, advising, and adapting to an ever-changing landscape. While the job has a field component it will be primarily administrative/operations type work with some site visits as needed.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, review, assess and implement health and safety policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; including but not limited to Worksafe BC and Ministry of Labour
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and subject matter expert for all matters related to Worksafe BC regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with Worksafe BC requirements by implementing and maintaining effective health and safety programs and initiatives across the organization.
  • Performs inspections, audits, and monitors contractor performance.
  • Conduct regular risk assessments and audits of the workplace to identify potential hazards and recommend appropriate control measures.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and deliver health and safety training programs for employees, ensuring all staff are aware of their responsibilities and equipped with necessary knowledge and skills; including risk assessments, personal protective equipment (PPE), and emergency procedures.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to review client project specific safety requirements and to develop Project and Site-Specific Safety Management Plans that ensure compliance with client safety requirements.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and subject matter expert for project specific safety requirements.
  • Investigate and report on incidents, accidents, and near-misses, identifying root causes and implementing corrective actions to prevent recurrence.
  • Maintain accurate records and documentation related to health and safety activities, including incident reports, training records, and safety inspections.
  • Stay informed about industry trends and changes in health and safety regulations, and proactively develop and implement procedures.
  • Foster a positive safety culture by promoting awareness, accountability, and engagement across the organization, and recognizing and rewarding safety achievements.
  • Manages and Chairs the Health and Safety Committee


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Knowledge of, and respect for, First Nations history, culture, and socio-economic contexts; keen interest in working for an Indigenous business seen as essential. Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or business is an asset.
  • Ability to work in rugged terrain and inclement weather.
  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Occupational H&S or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience as a Health & Safety Officer
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and vehicle
  • Solid knowledge of WorkSafe BC
  • Professional certification in health and safety (e.g., CRSP, CSP,OFA) is preferred.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing health and safety programs, preferably in the natural resources or renewable energy sector.
  • Experience within utility and urban forestry, horticulture, or arboriculture is an asset. 
  • Field and supervisory experience and certifications (CUA, CF, ISA, TRAQ) related to utility vegetation management is a definite asset. 
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out a range of fieldwork.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to engage effectively with employees, client representatives and regulatory authorities.
  • Drafting of correspondence and forms in a timely manner
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving abilities, with attention to detail.
  • High computer proficiency, including but not limited to email management, file management, digital literacy, technical troubleshooting, web platforms, and operating systems (Windows or MacOS).
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic and evolving environment.
  • Highly organized self-starter with a strong attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Adaptive with tight deadlines, changing priorities and client requests.
  • Strong verbal and written communication.
  • Experience working with Avetta and ISN is preferred.
  • WHMIS Certificate


Travel: This position will require the visiting of various locations on a constant basis and time spent in the office. Primarily office based, however the breakdown between office and field work will vary week to week dependant on project needs. The ideal candidate should be open to spending long periods of time doing office and field work. 


Working Hours: 35-40 hour per week, overtime as required.

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible, willing to wait for the right candidate.

Compensation: $35-55/h CAD( $72,800-$114,400 annually based on a 40 hour work week); Plus, Extended Health Benefits & Pension Plan


Apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to


Please use subject line: Health & Safety Officer - Last Name, First Name (e.g., Health & Safety Officer – Riviera, Peter).


Applicants of Indigenous ancestry are strongly encouraged to apply.


We thank you for your interest in advance. Short-listed candidates will be contacted; others will be kept in our database for future consideration.

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