Local recruitment: Watershed Scientist

Government of Alberta

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: May 3, 2022

Location: Calgary or Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Watershed Scientist 

Job Requisition ID: 26313

Ministry: Environment & Parks

Location: Calgary or Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: May 17, 2022

Classification: Subsidiary 02B 3625 Scientific 2

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 

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: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-parks.aspx 

The Watershed Sciences Section of the Air and Watershed Stewardship Branch is responsible for the Province’s ambient water monitoring program design as well as evaluating and reporting on the condition of Alberta’s environment. We also assess the effectiveness of environmental policy, legislation and regulations, and address priority environmental information needs identified by internal and external stakeholders.  The Branch consists of four sections: Watershed Sciences; Airshed Sciences; Air and Watershed Management; Community-Based Monitoring and Knowledge and Air and Watershed Monitoring.


The Watershed Sciences Section of the Air and Watershed Stewardship Branch is looking for a Watershed Scientist who will be responsible for providing data and analytical support for provincial projects related to understanding the condition of Alberta’s watersheds, with a focus on water quality and quantity.  The successful candidate will have expertise in the analyses of large water quality and water quantity data sets that can be used to refine and develop Alberta’s surface water monitoring program design and report on environmental condition. You will apply statistical expertise in the assessment of, but not limited to, long-term trends in water quality/quantity over time, the assessment of water quality and quantity against guidelines, objectives and other thresholds, and the calculation of constituent loads in rivers.

As the successful candidate, you will support senior scientists and other Watershed Sciences staff in the delivery of watershed, regional and provincial scale evaluation and reporting projects in support of Alberta’s core surface water monitoring program. These programs ensure the Government of Alberta receives scientific, credible and relevant information needed to responsibly manage Alberta’s river systems in the face of increasing pressure from industrial development, growing population, climate change and other pressures.

You will contribute to all phases of watershed monitoring and research delivered by the Watershed Sciences Section, including:

  • Design: Contribute to the development and continuous improvement of watershed research provincial monitoring programs that address major issues of concern to the Government of Alberta.
  • Plan: Support multi-year research and monitoring plans to assess the response of Alberta’s surface water resources to multiple stressors.
  • Deliver: Ensure the Division’s monitoring and research projects are delivered in a safe and effective manner.
  • Evaluate and Report: Complete scientifically credible environmental data evaluation and reporting that meet project plan commitments and legislated reporting requirements.

The person filling this position is expected to enhance the scientific expertise and capacity of the Watershed Sciences Section in relation to watershed sciences, cumulative effects assessment and synthesis of large water quality and quantity data sets. You may contribute to external research teams, which may include professors at post-secondary institutions, graduate students, federal scientists and other scientists from external science organizations through their collaborations.



  • Master of Science degree with 2 years related experience in a relevant scientific discipline related to watershed sciences in at least one of the following areas: limnology, aquatic biogeochemistry, hydrogeology, sediment chemistry, or inorganic and organic contaminant chemistry.
  • A demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and scientific technical reports commensurate with established peers with a similar level of experience.


  • PhD (no experience required)
  • BSc with four years of related experience.

The position requires knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Advanced knowledge of watershed, aquatic and ecosystem science. 
  • Knowledge of current and emerging provincial and national watershed issues.
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s watersheds including key processes and stressors affecting water quality and quantity in the province.
  • Advanced knowledge of new and emerging statistical methods related to the assessment of water quality and quantity data.
  • Demonstrated experience applying appropriate statistical methods  in the assessment of temporal trends in water quality and/or quantity.
  • Demonstrated experience applying appropriate statistical methods to the quantification  of constituent loads in rivers and streams.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large water quality and quantity data sets. This should include experience in the review, sorting and preparation of raw data sets and the subsequent statistical analyses of that data. Experience working with AEP’s monitoring data and/or data from similar long-term monitoring programs is an asset.

Qualifications (cont’d)

The position requires the following skills and abilities:

  • Strong data analysis, modelling and interpretation skills, including expertise in the use of software such as R, Python, Matlab etc.
  • Strong scientific writing skills.
  • Strong project management and planning skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to develop and deliver understandable scientific information to key stakeholders, the scientific community, public audiences, and senior executives in government.
  • Ability to work collaboratively at the group and individual level is required.
  • Must be self-motivated and take initiative to meet project deliverable timelines.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours 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 anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, manage resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.

Drive for Results: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.

Build Collaborative Environments: Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.

Creative Problem Solving: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.


$2,803.40 to $3,674.86 bi-weekly ($73,168 to $95,913 per year)


Hours Of Work: 36.25 hours of work per week, Monday to Friday.

Please Note: This is a full time permanent position and could be located out of Calgary or Edmonton. Occasional travel may be required for this role.

About Your Work Environment: In this role, you will be working primarily in an office setting located in Edmonton or Calgary and will have frequent contact with ministry staff in regional offices, other government departments, and external stakeholders.

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How To Apply

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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:
•    https://www.alberta.ca/apply-for-jobs-with-the-alberta-public-service.aspx 
•    https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-hiring-process.aspx
•    https://alis.alberta.ca/look-for-work/

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.