Job Posting Details

BC Hydro

Public Affairs Officer - Site C

Job Description

Your passion lies in making a difference. By moving beyond the expected, you help make our world a better place. These values we respect and seek out in employees. Together, we can build our community, foster conservation and deliver clean, reliable energy solutions for today, tomorrow and generations to come.

Being one of the largest electric utilities in Canada and North America, BC Hydro offers challenging opportunities throughout the province.

The Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C) would be a third dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. The Project is being proposed by BC Hydro to provide 1,100 megawatts (MW) of capacity and about 5,100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy each year to the province’s integrated electricity system.

The Project components include an earthfill dam, a generating station and associated structures, an 83-kilometre-long reservoir, re-alignment of up to six sections of Highway 29, and two 77-kilometre transmission lines along an existing right-of-way connecting Site C to Peace Canyon.

The Site C project is undergoing a cooperative environmental assessment by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency) and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO). The process commenced in August 2011 and is anticipated to take approximately three years to complete.

Site C requires environmental certification and other regulatory approvals before it can proceed to construction. In addition, the Crown has a duty to consult and, where appropriate, accommodate Aboriginal groups.



The successful candidate will be involved in major BC Hydro projects, specifically working on the Site C Clean Energy project:

  • Analyzes, researches, develops and participates in the implementation of major and complex public involvement and communications programs, projects and initiatives with Managers or Coordinators such as: developing and recommending project approach and objectives, communication and other strategies and tactics etc., developing and drafting comprehensive communications plans and materials and measures resulting from planned or future Hydro construction projects; developing stakeholder lists and contacts for a variety of consultation and communication initiatives.
  • Conducts analytical studies/research, drafts budgets for a full range of complex major public involvement and communication projects and programs; drafts Requests for Proposal (RFP); reviews and recommends selection of consultants and oversees and reports on their work prior to payment approval.
  • Designs, conducts, implements, monitors and evaluates public consultation and communication plans and programs specific to the needs of a particular project.
  • Meets with and discusses public affairs strategies, objectives, goals and interventions with internal and external groups to ensure communications, meetings and other interventions, strategies and tactics are considered and incorporated into project plans.
  • Liaise with local governments and community organizations, including public consultation and/or dispute resolution.
  • Researches and prepares speeches, briefs and presentation material.
  • Acts as the B.C. Hydro spokesperson and focal point for assigned projects and may be required to respond to media enquiries.
  • Participates with Coordinators in providing Public Affairs specialist expertise and assistance at meetings with external stakeholders, media events etc., assists in ensuring that external input is reflected in the formulation of Hydro public affairs policies and strategies for specific projects and programs.
  • Provides technical direction, assistance and expert public affairs related advise to own work group, regional and other staff involved in major and complex electric system projects, directs other Public Affairs analytical and support staff providing support on assigned projects and programs.
  • Performs all of the same duties as the Public Affairs Analyst 2 job as required.
  • Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties which do not affect the rating of the job.


This position is affiliated with the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE local 378) (

  • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint and Maximizer will be an asset.
  • This location is eligible for a remote incentive for 12% The remote incentive is paid bi-weekly and is a percentage of your regular earnings. Remote incentives are paid bi-weekly to full-time regular employees in eligible remote locations.
  • This location is eligible for Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit. The Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit is extended to all Full-Time Regular, Part-Time Regular and Full-Time Temporary employees.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Driver's License: Class 5.
  • A test may be conducted as part of the selection process to ensure the applicant meets the requirements of the job

At BC Hydro, our vision Powering B.C. with clean, reliable electricity for Generations is about working together to make a difference for the future of all British Columbians. To achieve this goal, we live by our six core values of Safety, Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Service and Ingenuity.

  • Safety - keep safety first in mind, heart and action
  • Accountability - take ownership, be decisive and move forward
  • Teamwork - One Hydro – make it happen together
  • Integrity - do the right thing
  • Service - proud of our service
  • Ingenuity - create resourceful solutions

If you share our values and are ready to join a great team, we’d love to hear from you!

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Corporate communications, strategic and tactical planning, project management, public affairs, consumer behaviour, market and general research techniques, statistical analysis, organizational behaviour, economics, issues/event and anger management, interpersonal and general dispute resolution and management, societal processes and structures, report preparation, budget and cost control, public speaking, personal computer and related word processing/spreadsheet application program knowledge are typically acquired through graduation from a university degree program in Communications, Resource or Community Planning, Social or Environmental Science plus in-house B.C. Hydro courses or equivalent in: Common Desktop courses in MS Office programs, BMS core courses and PROFS.
  • Required experience includes a minimum of 4 years’ experience with demonstrated research, report writing and administrative support skills combined with a working knowledge of public affairs protocols, procedures, methods and practices in a job such as the Public Affairs Analyst 2 job. Satisfactory performance on this job requires approximately 1 additional year to acquire the additional knowledge and skills to perform the full scope of the job. Well-developed oral, interpersonal, presentation and especially written communication skills. High level of demonstrated proficiency with the full rate of PB based desktop programs.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by June 17, 2013.


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Contact for Position

BC Hydro


Job Location
Fort St. John

Job Level & Type
  • Intermediate Level
  • Full Time Permanent Staff Position

Listing to be posted until:
Saturday, June 22, 2013