Canada nationals: Unit Head (Groundwater, Hydrometrics & Hydrology Programs)

British Columbia Public Service
Victoria, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Summary

Unit Head, Groundwater, Hydrometrics & Hydrology Programs
Licensed Science Officer (Other) 4

  • ​An eligibility list may be established.
  • An excellent senior opportunity for a dedicated professional

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for the effective protection, management and conservation of B.C.’s water, land, air and living resources.

This job provides oversight for the provincial Groundwater, Hydrometrics & Hydrology Programs and reports to an excluded manager at the Business Leadership level.

This position manages the Canada-BC Agreement on Hydrometric Monitoring and serves as the provincial coordinator on the National Hydrometric Coordinating Committee.  This position also provides direction to and oversight of provincial groundwater and hydrometric monitoring programs including the Provincial Groundwater Observation Well Network and the provincial hydrometric network operated under the Canada-BC Agreement. The Unit Head leads a team of professional and technical staff responsible for establishing hydrometric standards, conducting stream inventory modelling, groundwater monitoring, analysis and reporting of water data, and administering the Agreement delivered in partnership with Environment Canada.  This team provides expertise and works with stakeholders to assess water quantity status through the application of innovative, sustainable tools, technologies and practices.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful 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.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

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 complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact  . 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  , 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.

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:

  • Bachelor’s degree in applied science with formal training in hydrology and five to eight experience or Master’s degree with three to five related experience in hydrologic modelling, computer applications and data management or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience in preparing technical reports and scientific publications, interacting with other levels of government, industry, and Indigenous Nations, and speaking before groups.
  • Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, with the British Columbia professional association as required by the specialty area, including the Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., and the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.
  • Experience managing technical and/or professional staff in resource management or infrastructure development.
  • Experience in negotiating/mediating solutions.

Provisos/ Willingness Statements

  • Valid B.C. driver’s licence.
  • Meet safety standards of Work Safe BC.
  • May require the operation of a variety of equipment.
  • Conducts field work which may include the following: travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in rough camp conditions and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • Please include your registration number for your speciality area within your application as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a fully licensed professional with one of the following associations: Association of BC Forest Professionals, BC Institute of Agrologists, or Engineers and Geoscientists BC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia). If you are not yet registered with any of these Professional Associations, please explain how you are immediately eligible for registration (i.e. currently a fully licensed registered professional member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the ABCFP, the BCIA or the Engineers and Geoscientists BC).

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: (Application requirement options and the corresponding screening process)

  • Cover letter required: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.
  • Resume required: YES - A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes. 
  • Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) - 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.

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