Canada nationals: Water Information Specialist

Yukon Government
Whitehorse, YT, Canada
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Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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At the Department of Environment we strive to ensure that the quality of Yukon’s environment is maintained for present and future generations through ecosystem-based management, conservation of natural resources, and protection and maintenance of fish/wildlife, biodiversity, water, land, and air quality. Within the Department, the Water Resources Branch is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the quality and quantity of the territory’s surface and groundwater resources.

The Water Resources Branch is seeking a self-motivated and multi-talented individual to join their team. This position works with the Branches Water Technologists and Senior Scientists to synthesize and analyze water related data for use in a variety of applications. This opening is an exciting opportunity to work in a position where you can apply your scientific background in surface and groundwater hydrology and water quality while managing data and information within the Branch.  You will lead several different projects and will get to work with a variety of people in Yukon ranging from other government officials to other agencies and the public.

Key duties include managing the development and maintenance of the Branches technical and scientific information system (website, databases), facilitating the storage, retrieval and evaluation of hydrometric, groundwater and water quality data, and applying information toward decision-making, planning, and public presentations. The Specialist also supports the Branch education and outreach objectives, and represents the Director’s interests on water data management initiatives in national cross-jurisdictional committees and interdepartmental working groups to enhance broad understanding of water program activities.

For more information about this position, please contact John Ryder, Operations Manager, Water Resources Branch at (867) 456-6538, or

IMPORTANT – Essential Qualifications: If this position interests you, please submit your application clearly demonstrating the qualifications below, as selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your application.  Please provide clear examples of the essential qualifications and be explicit when describing your experience. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in water resources, environmental sciences, resource management, geography or related scientific or technical discipline;
  • Recent experience working with and manipulating data in software (such as Microsoft Excel and Access, statistical analysis packages, relational database management systems, and custom data management applications);
  • Recent experience writing technical reports, memos and other correspondence in an environmental or other scientific technical field (hydrology/water quality reporting preferred)
  • Experience researching, synthesizing, and interpreting complex technical information and presenting it clearly and concisely to a wide variety of audiences


  • Experience conducting field-based water quality/quantity and groundwater monitoring;
  • Experience in analyzing and applying technical information toward environmental assessment reviews of exploration/development proposals, with emphasis on evaluating potential project effects to water quantity/quality;
  • Experience in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools.

Candidates who have education, training, and/or experience equivalent to the Essential Qualifications listed above will be equally considered.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

Candidates should have and may be assessed on:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with others;
  • The ability to effectively manage time, priorities and a changing workload, under prescribed deadlines;
  • Problem solving, writing, research and analytical skills
  • Ability to use a variety of computer applications (e.g. databases, web content management software, image editing/manipulation software)
  • Knowledge of water management issues and solutions associated with protecting surface and groundwater quantity and quality

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment: Valid Yukon Class 5 Driver’s Licence (or equivalent).

Job Requirements: Travel within Yukon to remote locations in a variety of weather and field conditions.