Technologist (Field Survey and Water Resources Engineering)

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Associate's Degree/Diploma


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The Field Survey and Water Resources Technologist will be responsible for the effective delivery of undergraduate teaching laboratories, graduate student research, and field data acquisition. In supporting undergraduate teaching, the position involves planning, developing and delivering undergraduate laboratories, assisting students in carrying out field projects and supporting undergraduate capstone projects. With respect to graduate involvement, activities include application of appropriate health and safety measures, quality assurance and quality control, assisting graduate students in the selection, assembly, construction, deployment and troubleshooting of research apparatus/instrumentation, and participating in field research data collection. The technologist provides important input in laboratory curriculum and maintains continuity of instruction while faculty and teaching assistants change from term to term. The Field Survey and Water Resources Engineering Technologist is also expected to assist with the management of facilities, survey, hydraulics and hydrology equipment and supplies for a multi-user, multi- disciplined research area.


Undergraduate Laboratory Instruction and Maintenance

  • Provide laboratory instruction when required for undergraduate teaching labs
  • Actively instruct on the legal and engineering survey techniques associated with field data acquisition and layout for the first year survey camp
  • Plan, organize and participate in off-campus field trips and give instruction to students regarding legal and engineering field surveying and sampling procedures and safety requirements
  • Maintain survey, hydraulics, and hydrology equipment owned by the department and researchers in an organized fashion
  • Prepare lab equipment and order supplies required for conducting the lab experiments (primarily hydraulics, hydrology and field related courses)
  • Assist and guide Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Projects
  • Work with other technical staff and teaching assistants to ensure that all experiments in all courses work properly when classes meet
  • Make improvements to existing experiments and exercises so they are more suitable for achieving educational goals in the context of an environmental engineering education

Assist with Research Activities

  • Provide technical support for graduate students and researchers in the design, construction, deployment, troubleshooting and analysis of field and laboratory experimental setups and data collection
  • Function, when required, as the field Party Chief for field legal and engineering survey campaigns
  • Periodically complete extended field assignments in remote locations acting as onsite safety officer, party chief, and assisting in data collection
  • Provide instruction and technical guidance in the application of QA/QC protocols for specific test methods
  • Design, manufacture and fabricate research apparatus
  • Independently manage and maintain continuity of activities during transition periods from one grad student to another
  • Review technical literature, identify, and help select laboratory and field equipment/software that will satisfy present and future research needs

Health, Safety & Environment

  • Act as the health, safety, and environmental supervisor for undergraduate laboratories and field trips
  • Responsible for the establishment of safe field and laboratory practices for all lab users, working closely with the Departmental H&S Coordinator
  • Understand and manage the hazards of the lab and field environment and ensure that students are wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and implementing appropriate safety measures
  • Maintain Laboratory Safety Inspections
  • Develop and review Job Hazard Analyses, Standard Operating Practices, Field Risk Assessments and Laboratory Risk Assessments
  • Maintain current H&S training required for the position including maintaining first aid certification


  • Supervise CEE Technical Resources Assistant (co-op student) when required and evaluate their performance
  • As requested, participate on departmental, faculty and university committees
  • Assist with the setup and running of departmental competitions and special events: Capstone Design Symposium, Design Days, Explorations, and Open Houses
  • Work collaboratively with the other technologists on the team
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Technical Resources Manager
  • Perform literature reviews and professional training to remain current with developments in environmental engineering, analytical chemistry and education
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3+ year Technologist diploma in Legal Surveying, Civil Engineering Technology or Environmental Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Geomatics, or equivalent education and/or experience
  • 2+ years of experience working in Legal Surveying and/or Civil Engineering Survey Technology related role, including demonstrated experience working at remote sites
  • Valid G Driver’s License required
  • First Aid Certification is an asset
  • Survival Training is an asset
  • Pleasure Craft Operators card is an asset
  • Strong computer skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Total Stations, First-Order Differential RTK GPS systems and Auto Levels
  • Proficient Knowledge of instrumentation and field data collection installations (hydrometric monitoring stations)
  • Knowledge of LIDAR data acquisition systems. Drone reconnaissance and other aerial data acquisition techniques is of strong benefit
  • Expert knowledge of pump selection and the ability to mechanically maintain and operate pumps and pumping systems
  • Strong knowledge of Fluid mechanics, Open Channel Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Proficient knowledge of Water Resources field methods and equipment (i.e. velocity flow meters and PCADP technology)
  • Experience working with hand and power tools
  • Experience in lab course development and instruction an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Excellent organizational, time management, interpersonal, and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail in a fast paced, multitasking environment
  • Flexible in assisting with new tasks as assigned
  • The job typically runs during regular working hours but there is some regular evening/weekend work required and some extended evening/weekend work required during field projects