Local recruitment: Water Quality Monitoring Special

British Columbia Public Service

Prince George, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: STO 21R – Water Quality Monitoring Special
Position Classification: Scientific/Technical Off R21
Union: GEU
Location: Prince George, BC V2N4P7 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $60,998.61 – $69,422.06 annually
Close Date: 10/3/2021
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date:
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Env & Climate Change Strategy
Ministry Branch / Division: Knowledge Management Branch

Job Summary

Water Quality Monitoring Specialist
Scientific Technical Officer R21

An eligibility list may be established.

An exciting opportunity to develop your Water Quality Monitoring Specialist career

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy supports the Government of British Columbia in its focus on building a true and lasting vision of reconciliation. The Ministry is committed to building and maintaining partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and the Knowledge Management Branch reflects this commitment in its collaboration with First Nations.

The Water Quality Monitoring Specialist delivers the Provincial Ambient Surface Water Quality Programs and oversees and directs water monitoring activities undertaken by staff and volunteers.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Prince George is the largest city in Northern British Columbia, and boasts a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment, including the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. Prince George is also located next to several provincial parks, which provide camping and boating amenities.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, MĂ©tis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: [email protected] or by phone: 778-698-1336. 

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact [email protected]DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to [email protected], before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:


  • Undergraduate degree in water resource management, biology, physical or environmental science, or other relevant natural resource management field; OR
  • A recognized diploma in one of the above fields, augmented by 2 years of directly related experience


  • Experience planning and carrying out water resource monitoring activities and reporting on water quality conditions; or similar experience/involvement with other aquatic ecosystems
  • Experience conducting scientific or technical data collection and analysis, ideally related to water quality, as well as using field-deployed collection and monitoring equipment (e.g., data loggers)
  • Experience providing professional, technical or scientific expertise, advice and recommendations to senior management, external stakeholders and to others with respect to water quality issues.
  • Experience preparing a variety of detailed and complex documentation (e.g., technical reports, statistical analyses, project plans, briefing materials, etc.)
  • Experience communicating/interacting with public (e.g., public meeting presentations, sitting on advisory committees, training/auditing volunteer/lay samplers)

Preference may be given to candidates with one of more of the following:

  • Limnological field sampling including water quality and plankton sample collection from shallow and deep lakes;
  • Biomonitoring field sampling (i.e. Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network – CABIN certification);
  • Small/medium motor-boat operations (12 – 22’ boat sizes), trailer hauling and boat maintenance;
  • Standard and valid first-aid certificate;
  • Pleasure craft operator certificate.

Willingness Statements:

  • May conduct field work that may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, occasional overnight and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • May conduct field work that may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, occasional overnight assignments, and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • Fieldwork typically involves carrying equipment and supplies (often over 50 pounds in weight), in difficult terrain, while meeting WorkSafeBC standards.
  • Willing to travel within a designated region, regularly; and across the province, occasionally.
  • Extended hours and work on weekends may be required.


  • Possession of a valid BC driver’s licence (Class 5) in good standing
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category: Scientific and Technical

Additional Information: Job Profile_STO21_Water Quality Monitoring Specialist