Environmental, Emergency Response and Security Intern


Cold Lake, AB, AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description


Imperial believes that mutually beneficial relationships with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are critical to the success of our company and Canada’s energy industry. Please see here for Imperial’s Indigenous Relations Guiding Principles and Guidelines.


Cold Lake’s Indigenous Internship Program is an opportunity for local Indigenous candidates to gain practical, hands-on work experience at our Cold Lake operation. Interns will be trained and mentored in a supportive work environment.

The Environmental, Emergency Response and Security Intern position is available at Imperial’s Cold Lake, Alberta location. This is a term position providing up to one year paid internship with the possibility of a one-year extension.  Upon successful completion of the indigenous internship program, possibility for offer of full-time employment.

Your primary responsibility will be supporting the Environment, Regulatory, Emergency Response and Security Team at the Cold Lake Operations site ensuring compliance with environmental regulations and approvals, and supporting implementation of the company’s environmental, emergency response and security strategy.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain valuable experience in the oil and gas industry.  We offer you challenging, discipline-related work experience in an operating environment.

Transportation to and from the work site is provided to those within 80 km from the Cold Lake operations.  If you reside further than 80 km away, you are required to make arrangements for a pick-up point within the 80 km.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create site notices related to environmental, emergency response or security (e.g. wildlife, release reporting, waste, culvert and drainage management, security site access, wildfires, etc.)
  • Supporting environmental performance metrics tracking and analysis of data
  • Participate in environmentally focus field and plant inspections
  • Ensure wildlife and spill response trailers remain ready for use
  • Maintain site documentation such as waste manifest, environmental or regulatory inspections, industrial run-off, cyber security plans, emergency response plans, etc., 
  • Work with a team to managing environmental protection and regulatory compliance efforts at the site, this could include supporting release reporting and clean ups, water sampling, soil sampling, etc.,
  • Assist site security in development of procedures and tracking data




  • High school diploma or GED equivalent is minimum.
  • Preferred post-secondary studies (completed or currently pursuing) in Environmental Science, Public Relations, Social Sciences, Indigenous Relations or related programs is an asset.



  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and safe driving record are required
  • Previous industry or environmental experience is considered beneficial, but not essential
  • Proficiency with computer-based data management programs, spreadsheet and presentation applications
  • Self-motivation with strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to problem solve



  • To be considered, you must attach a proof of membership letter from your association/settlement/band office to your application. This information will be used for the purpose of identifying your eligibility for the program. Please do not attach a copy of your membership card. Proof of membership must come from one of the following communities:
    • Beaver Lake Cree Nation
    • Cold Lake First Nations
    • Frog Lake First Nation
    • Heart Lake First Nation
    • Kehewin Cree Nation
    • Onion Lake First Nation
    • Saddle Lake Cree Nation
    • Whitefish/Goodfish Lake First Nation
    • Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement
    • Elizabeth Métis Settlement
    • Fishing Lake Métis Settlement
    • Kikino Métis Settlement
    • Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 2
    • Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 1* (*Born in, or resident of, Lac La Biche only)

Start date: Q3 ,2023


Work term: Up to a 1-year paid internship with possibility of a 1-year extension. Upon successful completion of the 2-year program, possibility for offer of full-time employment.


Location: Cold Lake, AB

Your benefits


  • Successful networking and mentoring programs - enable you to spend time with managers from across the organization to learn about other departments and opportunities.  Also allows you to connect with peers at a similar experience level.
  • Commitment to safety, ethics & continuous improvement – these standards are the reason Imperial is an industry leader.  You will work for a company that upholds safety and ethics ideals and continues to seek out ways to improve. 
  • Continuous learning environment – encourages you to augment your skills and capabilities.
  • If you are talented, driven, and want to make meaningful contributions that really impact environmental, safety and bottom-line objectives, then you owe it to yourself to apply with Imperial.

Who we are

A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial offers exciting opportunities across our upstream, downstream and chemical, and corporate divisions. We are committed to high standards, applying technology and innovation and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours to meet rising energy demands in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound manner. No matter what your career path, we provide the platform to elevate your goals and achieve your ambitions, while providing support through wide-ranging programs and benefits.

Imperial is committed to supporting persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. We will work with qualified applicants to provide reasonable accommodation upon request at Imperial.recruiting@esso.ca


Other considerations

  • For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required.
  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Eligibility to work in Canada

All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit. Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application Deadline: May 28, 2023


Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.

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