Local recruitment: Policy & Planning Hydrogeologist

The City of Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Requisition ID: 31969 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The Policy and Planning Hydrogeologist provides research, analysis and policy development related to hydrogeology, drainage, environment, and municipal infrastructure. The position is responsible for implementing hydrogeological requirements related to development; developing citywide strategies and updating policies/bylaws related to groundwater; improving the City’s understanding of groundwater resources; and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders with respect to groundwater initiatives.

The position reports to the Senior Hydrogeologist and works closely with the branch’s groundwater team. The position collaborates with other internal City departments including Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability; Development, Building & Licensing; Real Estate & Facilities Management; and Park Board. External contacts this position liaises with are government agencies and public and private stakeholders.  

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops, creates, and updates City policies and strategies related to hydrogeology
  • Keeps up to date on emerging practices, policies and innovations related to hydrogeology
  • Engages with government agencies as well as public and private stakeholders on the City’s groundwater policies and strategies 
  • Reviews hydrogeological studies related to development
  • Provides input on hydrogeological matters to other internal branches and departments and external stakeholders
  • Reviews hydrogeological reports, data, and models to advance the City’s hydrogeological understanding
  • Prepares reports and presentations to educate staff and decision makers on the hydrogeological regime in the City of Vancouver
  • Prepares terms of references on a variety of hydrogeological studies and projects such as, but not limited to, installation of monitoring equipment, development of hydrogeological models, and the assessment of hydrogeological resources
  • Prepares cost estimates, tracks spending and recommends resource allocation of project expenses
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Geoscience
  • Registration or eligibility for registration as a P.Eng or P.Geo with EGBC
  • A minimum 4 years’ related experience in hydrogeology, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of hydrogeology
  • Working knowledge of water resources/rainwater management engineering principles and techniques, City bylaws, and the municipal development review processes
  • Understanding federal, provincial, and regional requirements related to groundwater
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a variety of stakeholders, with experience writing technical reports
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to effectively and efficiently prioritize actions in response to numerous and diverse demands
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement, diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: October 2021 

Position End Date: October 2023 

Application Close: September 29, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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