Local recruitment: Water Administration Engineer

Government of Alberta

Spruce Grove, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Aug 22, 2022

Location: Spruce Grove, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Water Administration Engineer 

Job Requisition ID: 32044

Ministry: Environment & Parks

Location: Spruce Grove and/or Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary (one year term)

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: September 5, 2022

Classification: Opted Out & Excluded Engineering & Related Level 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 


Are you passionate about protecting Alberta’s water and have a strong background in the processes that regulate this valuable resource? Then please consider this opportunity with Environment & Parks!

Reporting to the Water Approvals Team Lead, the Water Administration Engineer is a front-line position that directs and undertakes work that administers the Water Act. Through technical review and engineering expertise, you will develop authorizations for the Director’s decision, for proponents to undertake activities under the Water Act within the framework of provincial legislation, policies and the current business plan. 

In this role you will: 

  • Ensure applications under the Water Act for authorizations are processed in a timely and efficient manner within the framework provided by the legislations, and their associated Regulations, Codes of Practice, policies, and guidelines.
  • Interpret technical reports and drawings, communicative effectively and translate technical information into a form understandable by the public.
  • Apply scientific principles / theories to varied situations with consideration for policy, as well as the economic, legal and social impact of actions taken. 
  • Represent Department interests and issues through participation on internal and external review teams/committees and provides technical expertise and input to public hearing and appeal processes.
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives for abatement issues (i.e. activities/actions in situations where problems have occurred or are occurring and where enforcement action is not considered appropriate).
  • Coordinate with other Agencies and regulators for developing operational policies and working collaboratively for project requiring approval from more than one regulator.
  • Ensure APS Values are demonstrated in interaction with others (internally and externally) to contribute to organization’s success and fulfil job expectations.
  • Contribute to Departmental and Regional Strategic Initiatives to ensure branch goals are aligned with regional/divisional and department strategic initiatives.


Education and Experience: 

  • University degree in Engineering (preferably in Environmental, Agricultural or Civil Engineering), supplemented by a minimum of five years’ experience related to water management, hydrology or other water related environmental topics.
  • Equivalencies will be considered on the basis of: one year of relevant education for one  year of experience or one year of relevant experience for one year education 
  • Must be eligible as a membership (Professional Engineer) with APEGA. 


  • Experience in the design, construction and operation of water management structures.
  • Experience in sand & gravel operations.
  • Awareness of compliance and enforcement procedures under the Water Act, Environmental Protection an Enhancement Act, Public Lands Act, and the accompanying regulations and policy within their scope.

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: You are able to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment. 

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: You lead and contribute to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve desired or mediated outcomes.  You will use effective communication skills to discuss and liaise with both technical and non-technical stakeholders providing them with clear, relevant and contextualized information. 

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: You are able to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve viable and reasonable outcomes. 

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: You are able to determine what outcomes are important and maximize the use of resources to achieve results that are in alignment with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and all stakeholders.

STRATEGIC THINKING: You have abilities to identify deficiencies in infrastructure, determine options and implications, make quality decisions, and ensure the performance requirements stated in the Department Business Plan are met.


$3,007.16 to $4,163.64 bi-weekly ($78,487 to $108,671 per year) 


Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, 8:15 AM-4:30 PM, 36.25 hours a week. 

In your application, include a COVER LETTER detailing your interest in the position and role related experience including related water related experiences.

In your RESUME include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience, including if part-time, full-time or contract.

What We Offer

How To Apply

Click on the “Apply” button.  

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 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.