Local recruitment: EPO Wetlands Specialist (3 Positions)

Government of Alberta

Spruce Grove, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Spruce Grove and/or Edmonton, , AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: EPO Wetlands Specialist (3 Positions) 

Job Requisition ID: 16295

Ministry: Environment & Parks

Location: Spruce Grove and/or Edmonton, Lac La Biche, Red Deer

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: 2 Permanent and 1 Temporary

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: October 22, 2021

Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Technologies 7

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources. 

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-parks.aspx


This position will act as a technical resource for colleagues and associates within the Regulatory Assurance Division for the Approvals and Compliance Programs, reviewing wetland application submissions and providing advice in addressing non-compliance and unauthorized activities under the Water Act, with a particular focus on wetland policy implementation. This position is required to assess a diversity of authorized and unauthorized works constructed to alter the natural environment, the application of compliance tools to the avoidance, minimization, and restoration hierarchy found in the department’s wetland policy to promote compliance. This position examines these works within the context of existing and predecessor regulations and sound hydrology, wetland assessment principles, and engineering practices.

Provides technical and regulatory advice including issues pertaining to water drainage works, impacts to wetlands, surface water management, erosion, flooding, and water control structures within the context of existing and predecessor regulations and sound hydrology, wetland assessment principles, and/or engineering practices.

This position reports to the Compliance Manager.

The additional responsibilities of EPO Wetland Specialist are:

  • Support Wetland Policy Implementation
  • Participation in the development the provincial wetland program
  • Complaint/Incident Response
  • Technical support and development of enforcement orders
  • Inspections and technical support for remedial investigations
  • Educational/Training Programs and Initiatives
  • Compliance Sweeps


Two-year technical diploma in a related field (preferably environmental science, engineering, hydrology, ecology) plus seven years related experience in wetland and water management is required.

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

The following will be considered as the assets:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science or other directly relevant course of study.
  • Prefer an Authenticating Professional (or have the ability to qualify as an Authenticating Professional within one year)
  • Knowledge and application of wetland science, water resources management, hydrology, and/or ecology for remedial projects.
  • Experience as an aquatic environmental professional
  • Knowledge of environment legislation and regulations

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf

Competencies essential for this role are:

SYSTEMS THINKING: Considers how own work impacts the work of others and team success. Observes how the work of others impacts own work.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: In this role, you will find ways to improve complex systems or structures to better meet goals and outcomes. You will also access resources, information and technology from other areas, and use it to analyze issues, resolve problems and improve performance.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: In this position you will set performance standards and monitor processes to ensure deviations from the plan are identified at an early stage. You will also set and accomplish goals and priorities in order to deliver outcomes consistent with Government direction, departmental objectives and public expectations.

DEVELOP NETWORK: In this role, you will proactively building networks, connecting, and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT: In this role, you will facilitate communication with compliance and approvals team members and identifies emerging issues, challenges and opportunities, provides options for resolution and develop recommendations/ changes for implementation by cross functional teams in order to achieve Compliance Assurance Framework outcomes.


$2,808.03 to $3,697.06 bi-weekly ($73,289 to $96,493 annual)


​​​​​​This competition may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.  The following vacancies exist within Environment and Parks:

Lac La Biche: 1 Temporary Position
Red Deer: 1 Permanent Position
Edmonton or Spruce Grove: 1 Permanent Position

Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 36.25 hours per week.

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system.

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account.

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

The Government of Alberta is implementing a proof of COVID 19 vaccination policy for all Alberta Public Service employees, to improve the health and safety of Alberta Public Service employees and Albertans we serve.

Any candidates in the process for applying for employment with the Government of Alberta, must be able to comply with one of the following:

  • Proof of COVID 19 vaccination;
  • If you are a successful candidate and have not provided proof of COVID 19 vaccination, you may select to produce a negative PCR (molecular polymerase chain reaction) or rapid test result, date-stamped within 72 hours of every scheduled work day/shift, on an ongoing basis starting on December 14, 2021. These tests will be paid for by the employee;
  • Candidates and employees who are unable to get vaccinated based on a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act may request approval for an exemption and accommodation.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Jane McEwen, TAS Administrator at [email protected]

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.