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: 8/17/2022
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date:
BC Public Service -> Ministry of Forests
Ministry Branch / Division: Water Management Branch/ IROD

Job Summary

Senior Water Resource Specialist
Scientific Technical Officer (Resource) R27

This position is based in Victoria, however, the successful applicant may remain at their current home location in BC and enter into a telework agreement OR work from a ministry location where office space is available.
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.

Bring your passion for resilient watersheds, meaningful reconciliation and integrated resource management decisions to this exciting opportunity!

The Ministry of Forests is responsible for the sustainable natural resource management of forests, range, water, land, fish and wildlife, and implementing integrated decision-making on these resources in partnership with First Nations, communities and other ministries. The Ministry also leads the proactive and collaborative management of natural hazards emergency preparedness and land base recovery to protect British Columbia’s land, water and people.

The Water Management Branch is accountable for the operational delivery of provincial water programs including managing and regulating the sustainable 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 allocation program in regulating complex hydropower projects and water licensing challenges, including providing expert advice to regional staff. Through the administration of the Water Sustainability Act and its regulations, as well as other related legislation, the Water Allocation Section recommends and makes statutory decisions that balance the economic, environmental, cultural and social interests of all British Columbians, in collaboration and consultation with Indigenous Nations. The Water Allocation Section also plays a key role in advancing water negotiations in the BC Treaty Process through creative solutions that advance the Ministry’s culture towards reconciliation.

The Senior Water Resource Specialist regulates (e.g. licenses, monitors) the construction and operation of major hydropower projects, conducts scientific analysis to support statutory decisions, provides expert advice to staff and clients on water management issues, and develops policy and guidance to enhance provincial stewardship of natural resources. This position also leads provincial water negotiations in the BC Treaty process and manages issues and processes related to interprovincial and international water related agreements.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is a beautiful city, with stunning beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

In addition to this exciting opportunity and amazing locations, the BC Public Service is an award-winning employer in British Columbia, including such accolades as being one of BC’s Top Employers for 2021, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2021 and one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers in 2021. 

This is your opportunity to build your career and to gain a better understanding of all the public service has to offer, such as competitive employee benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with an award winning employer. The BC Public Service encourages a healthy work/life balance that enables you to take advantage of the community and surrounding area in which you live. For more information, please visit What The BC Public Service Offers You.

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]DO 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 Check (CRC) 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_STO 27_Senior Water Resource Specialist