Local recruitment: Fluvial Hydraulics and Geomorphology Specialist

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title:  Fluvial Hydraulics and Geomorphology Specialist

Job Requisition ID: 14216

Ministry: Environment and Parks

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: November 1, 2021 

Classification: Engineer and Related Level 4

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


Reporting to the Senior Manager of the River Hazard Management Team, the Fluvial Hydraulics and Geomorphology Specialist is responsible for the development and delivery of fluvial and geomorphology based assessment programs and products for the province. Working closely with a supporting team of technical engineers, this position will provide the strategic and technical expertise necessary to ensure leading edge design and implementation of Alberta’s fluvial and geomorphology assessment programs and products, such as channel migration studies and debris flood/flow risk assessments.

The ability to build and maintain key relationships with federal and municipal colleagues will ensure alignment of strategic intent as well as exploration of potential program and product collaboration options. As the technical subject expert in fluvial hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology, you will represent the province in a variety of internal and external forums related to river and flood risk management. 


A degree in Engineering or Science combined with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the field of fluvial geomorphology is required. A post-graduate degree (Masters or PhD) is preferred. Equivalencies will be considered. 

Candidates must hold the designation of Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Alberta or be immediately eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist in Alberta.

Valuable experience includes leading debris flood/flood risk assessments, channel stability or sediment transport studies, and modelling river processes.
A thorough understanding of riverine processes for gravel-bed and sand-bed rivers, bank erosion mechanisms and models, river regime change, river response to upstream channel alterations and dams, geomorphic thresholds and their application in fluvial geomorphology as well as an understanding of the hillslope–river interaction is essential for this role. This includes knowledge of mountain stream processes such as landslides, debris floods and debris flows. 

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


SYSTEMS THINKING: Is a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems. You will utilize your systems thinking skills to provide the technical oversight, operational design and coordination for the emerging fluvial assessment program.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING AND JUDGEMENT:  Informed decision making and the ability to assess options and implications in order to identify a series of solutions will be important aspects of this position.  Today’s complex environmental problems require the ability to provide well informed options and innovative solutions which this position is expected to bring to the organization. 

BUILDS COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: All levels of government need to work together to ensure coordinated and effective river and flood risk management initiatives that enhance long term river and flood resiliency in Alberta. This position is responsible for fostering critical relationships with municipal and federal colleagues to ensure provincial fluvial programs and products align with federal and municipal expectations.

DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: You will be required to communicate with technical members of the River Hazard Management Team/River Forecast Team responsible for provincial Fluvial Assessment Program support for the purposes of providing subject area expertise/mentorship as well as program coordination. 

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Strong project management, organizational abilities, and the ability to manage a number of complex issues while still delivering results, maintaining accountability, and achieving outcomes is key. 


$3,523.30 to $4,676.79 bi-weekly ($91,958 to $122,064 per annum)


This competition may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, and candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.

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

What we offer:

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

Tips for applicants: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-hiring-process.aspx

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, please contact Samantha Kith at [email protected].





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