Local recruitment: Senior Hydrogeologist

British Columbia Public Service

British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦

Job Summary

Senior Hydrogeologist
Licensed Science Officer 4 (Geoscientist)

This position can be located in one of the following Ministry office locations, subject to operational requirements and space availability at time of offer: Cranbrook, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Prince George, Smithers, Surrey, Victoria, Williams Lake.
An eligibility list may be established for future, similar vacancies in the above locations for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.
Confirmation of the following certification/membership is required at the time of a job offer following this competition: Professional Geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia.

A unique opportunity for a Professional Geoscientist with a passion for Environmental Protection

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of BC’s water, land, air and living resources. The Ministry mitigates and manages the risks and consequences from climate change, including developing plans to set and meet carbon pollution reduction targets. It also oversees provincial government assessment. Staff expertise in policy, science, research and analysis are central to supporting all Ministry responsibilities. Ministry legislation, regulation and public outreach activities ensure a safe and healthy environment for British Columbians, while supporting a strong, sustainable economy.

The Ministry’s Environmental Protection Division works to protect human and environmental health. The Division’s main goals are to improve air quality; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve surface and ground water quality, including drinking water sources; re-develop a provincial plan for reducing and removing toxins and waste that contaminate the land, air and water – and for responding to high-risk environmental emergencies; and, enhance environmental stewardship, shared with other stakeholders.

The Senior Hydrogeologist provides supervision and licensed professional oversight, and functions as the senior provincial expert in the field of hydrogeology to support delivery of environmental protection services. This position is responsible for managing staff and financial resources, managing stakeholder relations, applying legislation policies and professional standards in a consistent manner, participating in policy development, and overseeing program delivery and technical and professional projects as part of a cross-agency multi-disciplinary team serving the province. In addition to serving the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the Senior Hydrogeologist is also the primary support to the Environmental Assessment Office and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation for senior hydrogeological expertise related to proposed and active mining projects.

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. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your resume and applying for jobs, are available at the following link: Your Job Application. If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to [email protected]before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

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.

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.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, great learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development options. In addition to the base salary, regular, full time Professional Employee Association members are also entitled to an allowance to cover professional fees, 7% allowance in lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby (taken as time or money), have a 35 hour work week, and start off with 4 weeks of annual paid vacation. Come, be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please visit What the BC Public Service Offers.

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


To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the following:

Professional Association:

  • Must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (APEGBC) as a Professional Geoscientist. Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction to the APEGBC within 3 months of employment.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geoscience, Engineering, or Environmental Sciences and 7 years of related experience; or,
  • Master’s Degree in Geoscience, Engineering, or Environmental Sciences and 5 years of related experience.

Related Experience includes the following:

  • Preparing and/or reviewing major development proposals submitted under the Environmental Assessment Act, Mines Act, and/or Environmental Management Act in British Columbia.
  • Conducting advanced groundwater investigations, including watershed and hydrogeological assessments, groundwater monitoring and numerical groundwater modelling including flow and transport modelling to inform hydrogeological impact assessment, with preferably some experience in the complex physical settings in British Columbia.
  • Environmental engineering and/or waste management as it relates to treatment of wastes and effects on the environment.
  • Solving complex technical problems related to groundwater.
  • Developing guidelines, standards and policy for groundwater protection.
  • Performing other tasks while working in the field of hydrogeology, such as:
    • Leading or coordinating interdisciplinary projects.
    • Producing technical reports.
    • Interpreting and analyzing maps and data.
    • Working cooperatively with agencies, other levels of government, and the public.

Preference may be given for one or more of the following:

  • Postgraduate Degree or other specialized training in the field of hydrogeology.
  • Related experience in the mining sector, including (but not limited to): experience with mine wastewater quality assessment; water quality predictions; and/or the prevention/mitigation of water quality impacts for major mining projects.
  • Related experience developing complex numerical groundwater models, including flow and transport models, for major mines in British Columbia.
  • Supervisory experience in planning, organizing and coordinating a professional and technical workforce.


  • Must be able to meet the transportation needs of the position, i.e.: maintain a BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence (or equivalent).
  • Must be physically able to conduct field work.
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

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.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (APEGBC). Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction to the APEGBC within 3 months of employment. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the APEGBC. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

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 job titles, start and end dates (month and year) and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, 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 listed in the job profile. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Note: for long or essay style questionnaires, we recommend saving frequently while completing it. You can also copy the questions into another document, complete it offline, then log back in and copy/paste your responses when you are ready to submit your application.

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 job related responsibilities, accountabilities and accomplishments. Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your resume may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Job Category: Leadership and Management, Natural Resource Sector, Policy, Research and Economics, Scientific and Technical

Additional Information: 80907_LSO GEO 4 – Regional Hydrogeologist Job Profile