Local recruitment: Water Inspector

Ontario Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to help protect Ontario’s valuable drinking water resources and safeguard the environment? If so, come join us and support the delivery of safe drinking water and wastewater management programs.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• undertake comprehensive inspections of drinking and waste water systems
• ensure compliance to legal standards
• analyze and evaluate problems where causes are not immediately obvious
• interpret scientific and technical data and requirements where precedents do not exist
• respond to adverse test results and incidences of pollution and conduct follow ups
• provide technical expertise on compliance and approvals

How do I qualify?


• The position requires the successful candidate to have a valid class G driver’s licence or equivalent. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that s/he has a valid driver’s licence upon being hired.

Specialized Knowledge and Experience:

• You have knowledge and experience applying theories, principles, and practices of environmental sciences, water and wastewater treatment processes and infrastructure, and pollution controls.
• You can conduct field/technical assessments and investigations to identify issues, support legal proceedings and determine a course of action.
• You are able to interpret scientific and technical data, legislation, regulations, guidelines and policies.

Enforcement and Compliance Expertise:

• You have experience identifying situations of non-compliance and assessing the associated level of risk to determine appropriate corrective measures to achieve environmental and human health outcomes.
• You can accurately interpret, apply and enforce policies, procedures and legislation, and relay compliance-related information to others.

Problem Solving Skills and Judgement:

• You have strong problem solving skills to identify underlying issues, link issues with regulatory requirements and recommend appropriate corrective measures to address challenging situations.
• You can identify and take necessary, appropriate and timely action in response to complex and/or critical issues.
• You have judgement to evaluate and consider situational factors to make independent, timely decisions that align with policies, procedures and legislation.

Communication and Relationship Management Skills:

• You have oral communication and active listening skills to explain complex policies, procedures and techniques and to help ensure information is understood.
• You have written communication skills to accurately document information and prepare reports.
• You have experience developing and maintaining harmonious relationships, providing direction to diverse internal and external clients and responding in an appropriate and professional manner.
• You can influence and persuade others to adopt a specific course of action.
• You have the ability to identify potential conflicts, facilitate open and constructive dialogue, and proactively address and diffuse potential issues.
• You use computer software applications (such as for Word Processing, Spread sheets, database and Network applications) to prepare letters, tables, reports, use electronic mail, and enter data or access information.

Concern for Quality and Standards:

• You have integrity to ensure your actions are consistent with organizational values, policies and codes of conduct.
• You are able to monitor and evaluate work quality and processes against policies, standards and regulations.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit theOPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:


  • 1 Permanent, 435 James St S, Thunder Bay, North Region

Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union Understanding the job ad – definitions Schedule: 3.7 Category: Inspections and Investigations Posted on: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Note:

  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions These positions may be of various tenures including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 15, 2021 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.