Local recruitment: Water Resource Specialist

British Columbia Public Service

Victoria, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Water Resource Specialist
Scientific Technical Officer R24- Resource

This position is located in Victoria.
There is currently one (1) Temporary Assignment available until 10/31/2023 which may be extended or become permanent.
An eligibility list for similar future permanent and/or temporary vacancies may be established.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required by November 22, 2021. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here.

Bring your attention to detail, desire for excellence in client service and strength in building, and leading active teams to this integral role

The Water Resource Specialist is a member of the team responsible for all activities associated with water licensing and allocation. Working within the framework defined by the Water Sustainability Act, the incumbent performs a variety of regulatory functions including, but not limited to, critical reviews of applications for water licenses and amendments to those licenses. The incumbent works closely with the Senior Water Resource Specialists, referring more complex issues to that position. The incumbent provides expert advice and support to staff and clients on water management issues, including interpretation of the Water Sustainability Act, Water User’s Communities Act, and associated regulations.

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 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.

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

  • Master’s degree (or higher) in natural resource management, engineering, geoscience, or environmental science plus one (1) year of *related experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, engineering, geoscience, or environmental science plus three (3) years of *related experience.

Related Experience must include the following:

  • Experience reviewing, assessing, and evaluating applications for water licences or approvals; or evaluating natural resource permits, planning surveys, land tenure applications or other comparable documentation where compliance with regulator requirements is assessed.
  • Experience addressing complex water resource and associated environmental issues and problems, developing options and strategies, and proposing solutions to decision makers.
  • Experience engaging, consulting, or collaborating with a variety of stakeholders for the purposes of educating, informing and providing advice and guidance on complex or controversial issues.
  • Experience managing and mitigating conflict and developing approaches to build consensus where there are conflicting perspectives.

Preference may given to applicants with one (1) or more of the following:

  • Experience analyzing, researching, drafting, modifying or revising policy, guidelines, procedures or methodologies, preferably in a water resource related setting.
  • Experience working directly with Indigenous Nations, involved with Indigenous Nations consultations or otherwise working on Indigenous Nations issues.
  • Experience analyzing or critically reviewing complex water resource management issues, preferably related to hydropower and/or climate change.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Conduct field work which may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air, or foot; overnight or extended stay in rough camp conditions and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • Valid B.C. Driver’s license.

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_STO 24_Water Resource Specialist





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