Local recruitment: Water Resources Specialist

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada 🇨🇦

Environment and Climate Change Canada – Meteorological Service of Canada – National Hydrological Services
Calgary (Alberta), Cranbrook (British Columbia), Nanaimo (British Columbia), Prince George (British Columbia), Richmond (British Columbia), Terrace (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Vernon (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Fredericton (New Brunswick), Corner Brook (Newfoundland and Labrador), St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), Fort Simpson (Northwest Territories), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Burlington (Ontario), Cornwall (Ontario), North Bay (Ontario), Thunder Bay (Ontario), Dorval (QuĂ©bec), Gatineau (QuĂ©bec), MontrĂ©al Island (QuĂ©bec), QuĂ©bec (QuĂ©bec), Regina (Saskatchewan), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Whitehorse (Yukon)
PC-02, PC-03
$74,580 to $106,933

For further information on the organization, please visit Environment and Climate Change Canada

Closing date: 9 September 2022 – 23:59, Pacific TimeWho can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

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Assessment accommodation

PC2 – $74,580 to $89,411
PC3 – $89,861 to $106,933

The position will contribute to the delivery of the National Hydrological Services by providing water resources and applied science expertise that supports the collection, interpretation and dissemination of standardized water resource data and information in Canada. From a solid understanding of the broad scope of water resources, the incumbent will engage in scientific and technical analysis and evaluation of issues regarding water resources through the application of existing and emerging science. The incumbent must work effectively both independently and in team environments and will plan projects and may be asked to supervise junior personnel working on the projects. More specific duties of a potential position may include some or all of the following:

Common elements (PC-02 and PC-03)

– Apply hydrologic principles to the collection and interpretation of water resource data and information.
– Develop hydrologic and/or hydrometric information products.
– Evaluate and assist with the collection, review and presentation of water resources data to improve the understanding and/or management of water resource systems, provide advice on deficiencies, propose updates and modifications as necessary to improve hydrometric monitoring approaches and/or to support transboundary waters issues in Canada.
– Investigate and evaluate new and/or alternative technologies that can be used to improve the measurement of hydrologic variables necessary for effective and efficient monitoring of water resources and to replace and/or augment the use of hydrometric infrastructure.
– Investigate, evaluate, analyze, study, and model water resources systems. This could encompass water management simulations, hydrologic analysis, impact analysis and applying hydrologic and water management computer models as necessary.
– Discuss and evaluate results, and provide scientific guidance and interpretations on hydrology, hydrometry and water management to monitoring technologists, water resources scientists, engineering staff, water management boards and international, federal and/or provincial partners to ensure the highest quality of information on water resources is communicated effectively.
– Guide and coordinate technical staff on various inter-provincial and transboundary water resource projects including the collection, and verification of real-time data used for timely resource management decisions. Coordinate the work with provincial, other federal Canadian and American departmental partners in joint projects.
– Working and interacting with a variety of partners and stakeholders, such as: government or private sector scientists, engineers, senior managers, internal and/or external clients, service providers, academic researchers, industry representatives, community leaders and the general public.


– Conduct project management activities including the development of proposals, workplans, timelines and cost estimates as well as the management of human, financial and material resources associated with the projects.
– Manage (or Coordinate) the human, financial and material resources associated with projects.
– Provide water science expertise and advice to upper management related to complex water resources issues.
– Act as an ECCC science representative on international and domestic water management boards.

Intent of the process

The purpose of this process is to staff current and future vacant positions within the National Hydrological Services.

A pool of qualified or partially assessed candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions at this group and level with various language requirements, in various locations, with various tenures (casual employment, acting, assignment/secondment, deployment, term and/or indeterminate) within Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in water resources, geography, physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.

Note: The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency


PC-02 & PC-03

*Recent and/or **Significant experience in conducting hydrologic or hydrometric projects or studies.

*Recent and/or **Significant experience in data management, analysis and review, including applying statistical principles.

*Recent experience in writing scientific and technical reports or documents.

*Recent and/or **Significant experience in applying project management principles and practices in carrying out projects.


*Recent and/or **Significant experience in project management; developing proposals and workplans.

*Recent experience in the evaluation and/or management of human, financial and material resources; or evaluation and/or implementation of water management decisions.

*Definition of Recent Experience
For PC-02, minimum of 2 years of experience in each element within the last 5 years and would include experience during academic study.
For PC-03, minimum of 4 years of experience in each element within the last 7 years

**Definition of Significant Experience
Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various and complex related activities. The amount, the complexity and the diversity of handled cases, as well as the autonomy level may also be taken into consideration.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


PC-02 & PC-03

Graduation with a master’s or higher degree with specialization in Water Resources from a recognized post-secondary institution

Degree equivalency


PC-02 & PC-03

*Recent experience in the development, evaluation, adaptation, and application of hydrological models.

*Recent and/or **Significant experience in planning and conducting field campaigns for the acquisition of relevant water resources data in lake and river environments (e.g. hydrometric, hydrological, environmental, DEM data).

*Recent experience with geospatial data and in the use of standard GIS tools (e.g., ARC-GIS, Q-GIS, MapInfo).

*Recent experience in use and application of programming languages (e.g. Python, R, Javascript) and tools used in water resources engineering computer programming and software development (e.g., Linux, git, conda)

*Recent experience in applying statistical data analysis methods to evaluate the performance of numerical models

*Recent experience in evaluating transboundary waters issues in Canada

*Recent experience in developing and/or and maintaining partnerships with internal and/or external groups or organizations.


*Recent experience in leading working groups and/or project teams.

*Recent experience in the management of transboundary waters in Canada

*Recent experience in providing strategic advice on water-related scientific issues to senior management.

*Definition of Recent Experience
For PC2 minimum of 2 years of experience in each element within the last 5 years and would include experience during academic study.
For PC3 minimum of 4 years of experience in each element within the last 7 years

**Definition of Significant Experience
Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various and complex related activities. The amount, the complexity and the diversity of handled cases, as well as the autonomy level may also be taken into consideration.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
English essential
Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB
Billingual Non-Imperative BBB/BBB

Information on language requirements


PC-02 & PC-03

Ability to communicate orally.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to analyze and solve problems and make recommendations.
Ability to work under pressure.


Ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.

Personal Suitability:

PC-02 & PC-03

Effective interpersonal relationships

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)



Knowledge of water governance in Canada.


PC-02 & PC-03

Ability to prepare and deliver presentations and to communicate complex science and engineering concepts to a layperson audience.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Conditions of Employment (May vary depending on the position to be staffed)
Driver’s license must be currently valid in a Canadian province or territory.
Requirement to travel occasionally at times for extended periods of up to 2 or 3 weeks.
Requirement to occasionally work overtime.
Requirement to occasionally work in remote locations and in extreme weather conditions.
Requirement to complete mandatory corporate and occupational health and safety training and occasionally undertake field work that could include working in and around water, wading, working on cableways and bridges or on ice.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials (obtained outside of Canada) must provide proof of Canadian equivalency: https://www.cicic.ca.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will accept applications on-line only. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. Persons with disabilities or residing in locations that prevent them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Agnès Villeneuve Boudriau – Human Resources Advisor
[email protected]