Local recruitment: Senior Dam Safety Project Manager

British Columbia Public Service

Victoria, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

This position is located in Victoria, BC.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future, similar vacancies.

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.

Join a strategic and forward-thinking team focused on BC’s water management challenges, strategies, and opportunities

Consistent with the vision of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development — 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. The Dam Safety Section is responsible for regulation of approximately 210 major dams >9m high across the province and leadership and provision of specialist expertise to the Provincial Dam Safety Program, which operates under a distributed organizational model and has regulatory oversight of approximately 2,000 dams across the province, many of which are high profile, high risk and high cost.

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: Why work for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

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, Métis, 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 capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with sandy and rocky beaches and bustling harbours. There are also a variety of marine and forested provincial parks to explore. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is world-renowned for being the ‘City of Gardens’ and having a mild climate.

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. On top of 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’ 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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering or geosciences and a minimum of 10 years of related experience*; OR, a Master’s Degree in civil engineering or geosciences and a minimum of 5 years of related experience*; OR, an equivalent combination of education and/or training.
  • Registered, or immediately eligible for registration,  as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.). with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (APEGBC). Note: Immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership to the APEGBC within 6 months of employment. If registered as a P.Geo., must obtain a limited licence for dam engineering; AND,
  • Must be eligible for designation as a Dam Safety Officer and an Engineer under the Water Sustainability Act and complete required in-house Dam Safety Program training to gain the Dam Safety Officer designation and undertake and maintain Dam Safety Officer accountabilities and ongoing training to retain the designation.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence and have the ability to maintain and operate a 4-wheel drive in all types of driving conditions, both on and off road.

Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

* Related experience includes experience in all of the following:
Note: applicants must have a minimum of 5 (Master’s Degree or higher) or 10 (Bachelor’s Degree) years of experience in each of the following:

  • Providing professional engineering expertise (for example: critical review of licensed professional reports, plans, drawings, and project proposals), advice and recommendations to other professionals, senior management, infrastructure owners and the public, particularly with respect to safety.
  • Contract management of multiple technical projects, with concurrent deadlines, including enforcing contract specifications and dealing directly with professional consultants and contractors.
  • Supervising several multi-disciplined, professional staff, including developing workplans and performance management.
  • Experience in one or more of the following: dam safety, hydrology, hydraulics, and/or flood protection.

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.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Professional Designation: YES
– Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Engineer or 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 to the APEGBC from an applicable jurisdiction. 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 – 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 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.
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