Local recruitment: River Forecast Technician

Government of British Columbia

Victoria, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Job Summary

River Forecast Technician
Scientific Technical Officer – Resource R24

This position is located in Victoria however a flexible work arrangement may be available.
This is a temporary opportunity until March 31, 2022.
A permanent appointment may result from this temporary appointment.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future temporary and permanent vacancies.

An excellent opportunity to apply your natural resource expertise on beautiful Vancouver Island

Consistent with the vision of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations — Environmental Sustainability and Economic Prosperity — the mandate of the Resource Stewardship Division reflects the pride British Columbians have in their many natural resources.  The Division leads in the sustainable management of the province’s natural resources so that BC’s natural heritage is preserved for years to come. Water is one of these natural resources.

The Water Management Branch is accountable for operational delivery of provincial water programs including managing and regulating the allocation of water resources, ensuring safe and reliable community water supplies; and protecting public health and safety through River Forecast Centre operations, flood hazard management, regulation of dikes and dams, and supporting emergency response.

Working in the River Forecast Centre (RFC) this unique position provides expertise in compiling, analyzing, and presenting snow, climate and river discharge data for the diverse geography and changing climate of British Columbia for use in the evaluation of provincial stream flow conditions and flood risk consistent with the BC Flood Response and Drought Response Plans for public safety and community well-being.

A career with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development offers an exceptional opportunity to undertake a variety of challenging and rewarding roles, while supporting a healthy work/life balance. Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it-9laHaKyc&feature=youtu.be.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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.

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 create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the 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 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, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:

  • Degree(s) in Science or Applied Science with an emphasis in hydrology.
  • Demonstrated related experience in British Columbia in hydrology, climatology and water resource management.
  • Extensive experience with data management.
  • Experience with analysis and interpretation of hydrology and climate data from a variety of sources.
  • Experience in preparing clear and concise technical reports with good written and verbal communication skills.

Preference may be given to applicants with the following experience:

  • Experience with and sound knowledge of complex statistical analysis techniques including multivariate analyses.
  • Experience with and sound knowledge of computer programming and statistical packages, Microsoft (MS) Office software, especially MS Excel, and geographic information system software.

Willingness Statements:

  • Willing to be based in Victoria
  • Willing to be on-call and work extended hours during critical periods, including nights and weekends.

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 – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

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: Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical

Additional Information: Job Profile_River Forecast Technician