Local recruitment: Manager of Water Sciences Section

New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government

Fredericton, NB, Canada 🇨🇦

Department of Environment and Local Government
Manager of Water Sciences Section
Pay Band 6

Who we are

The work we do has a positive impact on our communities and helps improve the everyday lives of New Brunswickers. Together, we are over 45,000 New Brunswickers who are passionate problem-solvers, who make a difference and are proud to call New Brunswick home.

Department of Environment and Local Government provides integrated stewardship through planning and management of land use, zoning development and waste management issues. It ensures effective enforcement of, and compliance with, environmental legislation and regulations and provides effective consultation and liaison with municipal governments and Local Service Districts (LSD) on governance issues.

The Environmental Science and Protection Division is responsible for the environmental review of major projects and monitoring the air and water resources of New Brunswick. It provides scientific assessment and environmental protection advice, and reports on the state of the environment; develops programs and policies; and provides technical, scientific and engineering support. This includes interpreting, evaluating and maintaining awareness of research and developments in environmental health issues and initiatives on behalf of the Department. The Division consists of the Environmental Impact Assessment Branch, the Air and Water Sciences Branch and the Healthy Environments Branch.

What you will do? 

As the Manager of the Water Sciences Section and reporting the Director of the Air and Water Sciences Branch, you will, among other things:

  • work collaboratively and develop partnerships with other government departments, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations to lead, coordinate, develop, plan, and manage environmental science and engineering projects, policies and programs.
  • maintain a global understanding of and lead the Section to anticipate and assess emerging environmental science issues.
  • oversee the provision of scientific and engineering support and advice, policy and standards development, and training to the Department and its partners.
  • report on the state of water science in New Brunswick and align work objectives to support decision making required for sound environmental management.
  • oversee monitoring programs and data collection to align with index reporting, support public health surveillance and report on the state of water science.
  • manage and participate in Federal/Provincial/Territorial/State committee work, and the development of MOUs and agreements towards the goal of harmonizing environmental activities across jurisdictions and supporting service requirements for the Province. This could include such entities as the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and International Joint Commissions.
  • management of the provincial River Watch Program, including planning, hosting and/or facilitating workshops with colleagues from the NB Emergency Measures Organization, NB Power, Environment and Climate Change Canada and various US Agencies.
  • develop and manage regular section planning, project budgets and schedules, prepare requests for proposals and contracts.
  • support section staff through planning, organizing, directing, setting performance objectives, evaluating performance, providing advice, coaching, mentoring and support, as well as providing motivation and direction as related to strategic alignment with GNB priorities.
  • provide advice to the Director and Assistant Deputy Minister on matters relating to water sciences, flood forecasting and hydrologic developments.

Work environment

  • Office location: Marysville Place, 20 McGloin Street, Fredericton 
  • Office layout: Open workstation
  • Your Team: Includes a wide range of professionals with environmental technical expertise working as part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve its environmental science and protection objectives. 
  • Standard hours of work: Monday – Friday, 8:15-4:30, however some work outside of these hours may be required from time to time to meet work objectives and/or project requirements.
  • Some travelling may be required from time to time.
  • We promote a scent-reduced environment.

Who you are

You possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to problem-solve creatively and to think on your feet. You are able to think strategically and will be responsible to lead, oversee and manage the water and hydrology programs. You have leadership skills that you will use to lead a diverse team of highly qualified subject matter experts. You can find innovative solutions to complex problems working in an effective collaborative environment. You are able to anticipate and plan for the future. You have a respect for safety, you treat people in a polite and professional manner, being courteous and always showing kindness. You are concerned for the safety and well-being of New Brunswickers. 

Your attitude, skills and interests are just as important as your area of study. We are looking for diverse backgrounds that bring a combination of the following:

Essential qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree with six (6) years of related work experience, including two (2) years in a managerial capacity involving human and financial management responsibilities; OR
  • A Master’s degree in science and/or engineering related fields and a minimum of five (5) years of related work experience, including two (2) years in a managerial capacity involving human and financial management responsibilities.
  • Specialized subject matter expertise and knowledge in areas such as: water sciences, hydrogeology and/or hydrologic conditions, watershed management, risk assessment and assessing the impacts of climate change.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Asset Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate:

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to use office technology, software and applications (MS Office)
  • Demonstrated experience in public engagement and relationship development
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating public meetings and groups
  • Comprehensive understanding of the effects of a changing climate on the natural environment
  • Knowledge of databases and online data management
  • Experience in the use of Geographic Information Systems

Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to demonstrate on their application one or more of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

Operational Requirements

  • A valid driver’s license is required as occasional travel throughout the province is necessary.
  • Occasional work outside of regular business hours.

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language capability.

  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration.
  • RĂ©sumĂ©s should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment.
  • Please ensure that your preferred language of assessment is identified in your resume.

Behavioural competencies  

  • Organizational Commitment;
  • Organizational Awareness;
  • Effective Interactive Communication;
  • Client Service Orientation;
  • Relationship/Network Building;
  • Developing Others;
  • Results Orientation;
  • Strategic Thinking;
  • Team Leadership;
  • Analytical Thinking/Judgment.

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of applicable legislation and the Department’s policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of policy development process;
  • Consulting skills;
  • Knowledge of Research Methodologies, Principles and Procedures;
  • Planning and organizing skills.

Pay Band 6: $2,708 to $3,603 bi-weekly, based on 36.25 hours per week

The Department of Environment and Local Government Offers:

  • Comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation, optional health and dental plans, Life Insurance, and participation in the Public Service Shared Risk Pension Plan;  
  • Opportunities for career growth, professional development and training;
  • Free Parking and recreational trails;
  • Free access to Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and services;
  • 1 paid Volunteer Day per year to give back to your community; 
  • A departmental social committee; and
  • A fitness facility (at Marysville Place) for employees at low cost.

Providing a safe workplace for all. Your health & safety are important to us. GNB has implemented preventative measures across the organization to ensure your health & safety.

How to apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, we encourage applicants to apply on-line at: https://www.ere.gnb.ca  or by email to [email protected]  by May 3, 2022 indicating competition number 80-21-023. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.

Department of Environment and
Local Government
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Telephone: 506-453-2690

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities in which we live and serve. We encourage and support applications from Aboriginals, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups. Candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and veterans, who are among the most qualified, will be given preference at the time of selection.

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