Local recruitment: Senior Water Resource Specialist

British Columbia Public Service

Victoria, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: STO-RE 27R – Senior Water Resource Specialist
Position Classification: Scientific/Tech Off R27 – Res
Union: GEU
Location: Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $72,724.97 – $83,014.85 annually
Close Date: 5/15/2022
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date:
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Ministry of Forests
Ministry Branch / Division: Water Management Branch/ Integrated Resource Operations Division

Job Summary

Senior Water Resource Specialist
Scientific Technical Officer R27 – Resource

An eligibility list 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.  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.

Consistent with the vision of the Ministry — Environmental Sustainability and Economic Prosperity — the mandate reflects the pride British Columbians have in their many natural resources.  The Ministry 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 Water Allocation Section leads the provincial water licensing and allocation program. The unit deals with the most complex water licensing projects, and provides expert advice to the regions. The unit oversees the regulation and technical issues related to the “Big 5” hydroelectric producers in the province, works collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and Nations, and manages issues and processes related to interprovincial and international water related agreements.

As an overarching tenet, the ministry of FLNRORD supports the Government of British Columbia in its focus on building a true and lasting vision of reconciliation. The ministry is committed to building and maintaining partnerships with Indigenous peoples and the Water Management Branch reflects this commitment in its collaboration with Indigenous Nations. 

The Senior Water Resource Specialist regulates major hydropower projects, investigates water licence inquiries, applications and amendments, and develops and implements water resource management initiatives. In addition, this position supports provincial water negotiations in the BC Treaty process and provides expert advice and support to staff and clients on water management issues, including interpretation of the Water Sustainability Act and associated regulations.

Note: Regulatory management of hydroelectric projects includes licensing, approving and monitoring project construction, and regulating project operation. Major licensees include BC Hydro, Rio Tinto, Teck Metals, Columbia Power Corporation, FortisBC and independent power producers.  The total capacity of these licensees is close to 15 GW and accounts for over 90 percent of the province’s total hydroelectric generation capacity.

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.

For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact [email protected]ov.bc.caDO 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.

Job Requirements:
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, geosciences or environmental sciences, plus three (3) years directly related experience; OR,
•    Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management, engineering, geosciences or environmental sciences, plus five (5) years directly related experience.

•    Experience analyzing and evaluating complex water resource management issues.
•    Experience regulating or working with feasibility assessment, design, construction, operation or maintenance of major water projects.
•    Experience assessing environmental impacts of water resource projects or implementing environmental monitoring or mitigation measures.

Preference may be 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, consulting with Indigenous Nations or otherwise working on issues related to Indigenous rights, title or interests.
•    Experience analyzing or critically reviewing complex water resource management issues, preferably related to hydropower and/or climate change.

Provisos & Willingness Statements:
•    Must possess and maintain a valid BC Class 5 driver’s licence.
•    May be required to work under tight deadlines on sensitive or confidential issues. 
•    May be required to interact with industry professionals, Indigenous Nations, the general public, clients or stakeholders with strong opinions in the course of executing regulatory responsibilities.
•    Must be willing to travel and inspect construction and operation of hydropower and other large water control facilities; including travel to and over difficult terrain.
•    Must be willing to travel (overnight away from home base) for up to 30 days a year.
•    Must be willing to travel by boat or helicopter for field inspection of project sites and be willing to working irregular hours.
•    Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends as circumstances require and sometimes be on- call/available.

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 Review Act Check (CRRA) and Enhanced Security Screening will be required.


Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

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_86213_STO27RE_Senior Water Resource Specialist