Mechanical Engineer and Environmental Designer

Company: Seed the North, Inc.
Location: Hazelton, British Columbia
Email: [email protected]

About the Role, working primarily on five projects

  1. Seed Facility Headquarters: Work with Seed the North in its mandate to collect and process wild-stand seed from biodiverse landscapes, which will be coated with biochar and aerially disseminated using drones. You will design and manage the build of our prototype and final seed coating lab and supporting facilities.
  2. Owner-Builder Led Residence: We are a family of three - architect, poet, and 9-year old, who relocated from Toronto to work on climate change mitigation through an ecological restoration clean-tech social enterprise called Seed The North. Your primary role will be to design and manage the execution and integration of the mechanical and electrical systems for the innovative residence, which overlooks the extraordinary Stekyoden Peak. Notably, a perimeter plenum, in-floor heating in biochar concrete, walk-in cooler and freezer, interior and exterior lighting and connecting bridge system.
  3. Cottonwood Cabin: Complete and execute designs for this cabin built from the timbers of a single cottonwood, which was felled and hewn on site this past spring. The cabin will house Indigenous elders, scientists, and poets who visit Seed the North to advise on their seed collection and dispersal activity.
  4. Seed Bank: International standard seed bank.
  5. Propagation greenhouse with a Ground-to-Air Heat Transfer type system.

Who we are

  • Hardworking, creative, open-minded, skill and craft focused, thoughtful and collaborative;
  • Systems approach to executing for a clean-tech start-up;
  • Neutral, inclusive, non-judgmental; and
  • Dog friendly, not 420 friendly.

Who you are

You’ll demonstrate an interest in how environmental design (mechanical and/or electrical engineering) fits with Seed the Norths approach. You will be responsible for supporting and delivering work on the five aforementioned projects. You will demonstrate the ability to produce design, calculations, drawings and support site/construction management.

As a member of the design and project management team, you will report to the licensed architect in charge, liaise with our consultant team and regularly interface with the construction crew.

You understand the importance of collaborative problem solving. You'll have a keen interest in sustainability, and an understanding of the built environment.

To be considered, you should be able to demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:

  • Deeply connected to the drawing-to-executing process;
  • University degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or relevant environmental design science and/or architecture engineering;
  • Must be registered, or eligible for registration as a professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC;
  • Relevant experience in a related role in a mechanical or electrical engineering or environmental design, minimum 3 years’ experience in an consultant office;
  • Effective IT skills for generating material/data interface with 3D models, etc.;
  • Researching and ordering construction materials;
  • Follow passive solar and passive house design aspirations using natural and innovative performance materials;
  • Complete assigned administrative tasks (letters, reports, spreadsheets, schedules, etc.);
  • Hands-on contribution to construction in executing design drawings;
  • Enjoy working on unusual projects with an innovative approach to unconventional ideas;
  • Flexible and able to switch priorities to handle the rigors of working on a small team with multiple scopes;
  • Enjoy spending time in the outdoors; and
  • Happy to work in a unique open-air office space that overlooks the job site.

What we offer

In return for your enthusiasm, expertise and commitment, you get:
  • Generous salary commensurate with experience plus all supplies;
  • Opportunities and resources for professional development;
  • Potential for merit bonus contingent on performance;
  • Flexible work schedule, work from home half of your hours; and
  • Perhaps most importantly, you'll get the freedom to contribute ideas and play a lead role in the design process.

Additional Information

Inspiration from Atelier Ten’s website:
"For distributed energy resources (DERs) such as PVs and electric storage… by an all-electric infrastructure at building level are strong reasons for not just electrifying buildings, but also for future-proofing buildings with electrification and pairing with reasonable amount of on-site generation.

One way to tackle an all-electric building project is to take a layered approach – designing buildings and communities (masterplans) with strategies that are nimble and can adapt to the changing carbon content of the grid...At the building scale, the approach can be twofold: 1) To lower the electrical demand of buildings by using existing deep knowledge of designing ultra-low energy buildings, and 2) To design the electrical systems to respond to external signals: real-time carbon emissions, cost or energy so that the load can be manipulated. A simple example of this idea would be to delay the need for space cooling by using thermal mass or phase change materials, in order to avoid a certain hour when the carbon content of electricity is high."

We at Seed the North feel grateful to live and operate on the unceded territory of the Gitxsan people.  

In keeping with our commitment to cultivate a diverse and inclusive workplace, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.