Local recruitment: Aquatic Scientist

Government of Alberta

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Dec 1, 2022

Location: Calgary or Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Aquatic Scientist 

Job Requisition ID: 35576

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Calgary or Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: January 3, 2023

Classification: Subsidiary 02B 3625 Scientific 4

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 are seeking an Aquatic Scientist who will be responsible for 4 key results related to environmental monitoring and research on chemical, physical and biological characteristics of lentic systems delivered by the Resource Stewardship Division (RSD) and the Watershed Sciences Section (WSS) of the Air and Watershed Stewardship (AWS) Branch: Design, Planning, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting. 

We are a dedicated team, passionate about environmental issues affecting Alberta and we provide open and transparent access to scientific data and information on the condition of the environment.

In this position you will: 

  • Design: lead the review, development and continuous improvement of lentic (lake and reservoir) research and long-term water quality and quantity monitoring programs that address major issues of concern in Alberta. 
  • Plan: lead and participate in multi-year and cross-discipline research and monitoring program planning driven by scientific questions to assess the condition of Alberta’s lentic ecosystems. 
  • Deliver: ensure long-term lentic monitoring and research programs are delivered in a safe and effective manner. 
  • Evaluate and Report: Develop, lead and actively participate in the analyses and completion of scientifically credible environmental data evaluation and reporting that meet project plan commitments and legislated reporting requirements. The end results are Condition of the Environment and other reporting products and research papers in peer-reviewed publications.

You will provide leadership and mentorship to junior scientists and work collaboratively with other Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (AEPA) Watershed Scientists (including groundwater, lotic, wetland and geospatial experts) in the combined modernization of AEPA lentic monitoring and research programs.



  • Ph.D. in a scientific discipline relevant to lentic ecosystems including more than one of the following areas of limnology: water and/or sediment chemistry, hydrology, thermodynamics, aquatic ecology, paleolimnology, statistics, biogeochemistry, and watershed management.
  • 5 years post-doctoral or equivalent work experience in the design and implementation of surface water research and monitoring programs. 
  • Experience in leading multidisciplinary scientific teams and working with partners in academia, industry, and government and non-government agencies.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in the statistical analyses of large water quality data sets using common software such as R.
  • Demonstrated record of primary and collaboratively authored publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with established peers of similar experience (for example, Assistant Professors at Canadian academic institutions).


  • Masters Degree, plus 7 years related leadership experience; 
  • University graduation in a related field, plus 9 years related leadership experience.


  • Familiarity with AEPA’s surface water monitoring and research programs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to develop and deliver presentations to senior managers, key stakeholders, the scientific community and public audiences 
  • Ability to build and maintain effective and productive working relationships, including with Indigenous communities, various internal and external researchers, post-secondary institution’s graduate students, researchers, and specialized scientists.

Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary. 

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.

  • Drive for Results: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.
  • Develop Self and Others: A commitment to lifelong learning and the desire to invest in the development of the long-term capability of yourself and others.
  • Build Collaborative Environments: Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.
  • Systems Thinking: The work done within the APS is part of a larger integrated and inter-related environment. It is important to know that work done in one part of the APS impacts a variety of other groups/projects inside and outside the APS. Systems Thinking allows us to keep broader impacts and connections in mind.
  • Creative Problem Solving: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.


$3,507.06 to $4,655.27 biweekly ($91,534 – $121,502/year)


Hours of Work: 36.25 hours of work, Monday to Friday.

Please Note: This is a permanent full time position available in Edmonton or Calgary.

Applicants are required to provide a cover letter with clear and concise specific examples that demonstrate how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements and competencies.

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How To Apply

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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 jane.mcewen@gov.ab.ca.

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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development