Local recruitment: Water Monitoring Technologist

Government of Alberta

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: May 3, 2022

Location: Calgary, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Water Monitoring Technologist 

Job Requisition ID: 27703

Ministry: Environment & Parks

Location: Calgary

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary (approximately 15 months)

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: May 17, 2022 

Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Technologies 5

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx 

Environment and Parks
We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.
For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: http://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-parks.aspx

Resource Stewardship Division 
The Airshed and Watershed Stewardship Branch (AWSB) is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key air, water, land and biodiversity indicators. AWSB has a legislated requirement to make data, scientific evaluation and assessments available to the public in a timely manner. AWSB produces a robust line of science products addressing the needs of a variety of end users (government, industry, academia, Indigenous communities, and the general public). The line of science products range from legislated products such as the State of the Environment Reports to real-time data and peer reviewed scientific papers.  Please visit our website at: http://environmentalmonitoring.alberta.ca/ 


Air and Watershed Stewardship Branch (AWSB) is searching for a Water Monitoring Technologist to join their monitoring team to carry out ambient monitoring activities and programs. 

This position is part of a team located in Calgary and will work in all areas of environmental ambient monitoring covered by this office (hydrometric, meteorological, surface water quality and groundwater), with the ability to participate in work in other offices of the province.  The principal duties of this position will be the execution of ambient Meteorological (Met) and Hydrometric (Hyd) monitoring activities within the current Department plan and mandate, resulting in the safe, efficient and accurate gathering of data.  The position plans, conducts and delivers results from monitoring programs.  All data collection adheres to national standards for use in the assessment and management of water resources, including critical flood, drought and emergency monitoring, compliance, scientific studies (e.g. climate change), public safety and watershed protection. There is a requirement for standby services and response to environmental emergencies.



  • Two-year technical diploma in an Environmental Science Monitoring Program focusing on Meteorological and or Hydrometric related disciplines
  • Four (4) years related field and office experience undertaking all aspects of water quantity monitoring
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent)

Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education 


  • Familiarity with instrumentation and software/ applications used in the Meteorological and Hydrometric disciplines, including experience with acoustic doppler current profilers (ADCP), mechanical measurement devices used to measure stream velocities, Meteorological sensors (wind, temperature, relative humidity and various types of precipitation collectors), conducting data verification and validation for time series water quantity data.
  • Experience driving large trucks, hauling large specialized trailers and operating other specialized vehicles (e.g. ATV, Argo, Snowmobiles)
  • Outdoor and field experience: ability to swim, basic outdoor survival skills; ability to perform physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging work in all environmental conditions over extended periods; intermediate/advanced navigational skills (use of map & compass and/or basic GPS).
  • Knowledge of small engine operation/maintenance and electronics
  • Strong organizational and time management/prioritization skills is preferred, as there are numerous responsibilities with the need to adapt quickly to changing work plans.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following required safety certifications: Standard First Aid, Defensive Driver, Collision Avoidance, Trailering, WHMIS, TDG, and Wildlife Awareness.  Job specific safety training will be provided at no cost to the successful candidate.  Candidate will also be expected to complete safety training required by other monitoring disciplines to enable opportunities to assist as required, these would include Swift Water, Ice Rescue and Boat training.

Note: A valid Class 5 driver’s license is required to operate specialized vehicles e.g.  ATVs and Snowmobiles. As part of the Met and Hydro Met teams you will be required to travel in helicopters and as such, you must be comfortable with flights and heights. This position will require you to work outside in adverse weather and road conditions. Long hours, travel and overnights throughout Alberta, and/or weekend work may become necessary in the field at any time and therefore flexibility is essential.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. 

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf

AGILITY: Ability to work creatively within guidelines, taking opportunity to advise on improvements in work processes and able to work with changing priorities, as needed.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Sets goals & prioritizes work, holding self & others responsible for quality of results; aims to exceed expectations.

DEVELOP NETWORKS: Seeks to understand the perspectives and needs of colleagues, clients and stakeholders.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING AND JUDGEMENT: Ability to assess options and anticipate future issues and the impact on air monitoring programs.


$2,445.61 to $3,221.06 biweekly ($63,830 to $84,069 annually)


Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Work will occasionally be conducted in remote areas and involve extended stays away from home.

Please Note: This is a full time temporary position until approximately September 3rd 2023. This position is located in Calgary. The successful candidate must hold a valid Class 5 Drivers license and successful candidates may be required to produce a suitable 5-year Driver’s Abstract.

About Your Work Environment: You will be working in an office setting located in Calgary. However, you will be primarily working in the field and be required to travel to remote areas under a wide range of conditions sometimes using 4X4 trucks (1/2 tons to 1 tons), snowmobiles, ATV’s, Argos, and be comfortable pulling large specialized type trailers.

Applicants are required to provide a cover letter summarizing information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

What We Offer:

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system. 

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account. 

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant. 

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Jane McEwen, TAS Administrator via email at [email protected].

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.