Local recruitment: Irrigation Management Engineer

Government of Alberta

Lethbridge, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Dec 8, 2022

Location: Lethbridge, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Irrigation Management Engineer 

Job Requisition ID: 35157

Ministry: Agriculture and Irrigation

Location: Lethbridge

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: January 6, 2023

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

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation is responsible for the policies, legislation, regulations, programs, and services that enable Alberta’s agriculture and food sectors to flourish and contribute to Alberta’s economic recovery and growth. The ministry’s role is diverse, ranging from food safety and industry growth and diversification to increasing investment and supporting growth in rural Alberta. The ministry also supports foundational programs like irrigation and agricultural societies that help create strong rural communities and resilient agriculture sectors. For more information about the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/agriculture-and-irrigation.aspx


Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation has an exciting opportunity for an individual with an interest in irrigation infrastructure and water management in the Province. We are looking for a skilled Irrigation Management Engineer to support the Basin Water Management Section in its mandate to enable continued improvement of the irrigation sector in water conservation, efficiency and productivity. Sustainable water management now and into the future is critical to Alberta’s irrigated agriculture industry, and to ensuring water for all uses in the Province.

Reporting to the Section Manager, as the Irrigation Management Engineer you will take a lead role in delivery of irrigation infrastructure programs and projects managed by the Natural Resource Management Branch. You will evaluate irrigation projects in accordance with department guidelines, current standards, policies, and technical and functional requirements. You will lead the Irrigation Management Engineering team in condition evaluation, construction monitoring and assessment of proposed and implemented projects, and in supporting irrigation related data management. You will provide analytical reports and expertise to the department and to the Irrigation Secretariat in support of Irrigation Council. You will build internal and external relationships to deliver on your role, including with the irrigation districts and irrigation infrastructure sector in the province. 

Some of the main responsibilities of the Irrigation Management Engineer are:

  • Assess irrigation district scale infrastructure projects that increase irrigation water conveyance efficiencies, improve water operational control and promote water conservation.
  • Lead technical support, analysis, evaluation, and reporting of irrigation infrastructure management projects and department irrigation initiatives. 
  • Provide delivery support for the Branch’s irrigation infrastructure grant programs and funding initiatives for irrigation water management projects through timely and efficient analysis, monitoring, reporting.
  • Maintain department standards, guidelines and procedures for infrastructure construction.
  • Lead data collection, analysis, and verification for aspects of irrigation water modelling and grant program management and support geospatial district infrastructure data by analyzing and verifying accuracy of data.
  • To be successful in this position you will require:
  • A broad knowledge of irrigation infrastructure, irrigation water management, hydrology and water flow hydraulics.
  • Thorough understanding of infrastructure construction and rehabilitation practices, maintenance of irrigation works, current and emerging technologies, and design standards.
  • Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills for coordinating all aspects of the position.


Minimum Recruitment Standard: 

  • University graduation in Civil, Agricultural or Environmental Engineering or related 
  • Plus five years’ experience (Irrigation, Water Infrastructure or related) 
  • Eligible for membership with APEGA
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license

* Additional related education considered in lieu of experience on a one-for-one basis Candidates who do not meet the educational and experience requirements may be considered at lower classification and salary.


  • Ability to interpret engineering plans, CAD drawings, and GIS databases.
  • Registered as a P.Eng. with APEGA with good standing.


  • Competence in AutoCAD and ArcGIS Pro software.
  • Broad knowledge of irrigation or water management principles, infrastructure and technology.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation, including the Irrigation Districts Act.
  • Ability to interpret technical information/concepts including construction drawings, standards and requirements and present to technical and non-technical individuals.

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

To be successful in the role of Irrigation Data Analyst the incumbent will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Systems Thinking
  • A Drive for Results
  • Build Collaborative Environments


$3,007.16  to $4,163.64  bi-weekly: ($78,486 to $108,671 per year)


This posting may be used to fill future vacancies.

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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 Karen Jackman at Karen.Jackman@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.





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