Local recruitment: Senior Water Policy Analyst (Drinking Water)

British Columbia Public Service

Victoria, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

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The Health Protection Branch (HPB) is one of three branches within the Population and Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health (the Ministry). As outlined in British Columbia’s (B.C.’s) Guiding Framework for Public Health, working with our partners is a key strategy for the HPB to advance the overall health and well-being of British Columbians. The HPB provides leadership and expertise to develop programs and policies that promote environmental health, prevent disease, and protect people from harm from environmental stressors. 

The Health Protection Branch (HPB) is responsible for administration of the Drinking Water Protection Act, the Food Safety Act, the Public Health Act, the Tobacco and Vapour Products Act, and respective regulations. The HPB works through collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities, First Nations Health Authority, other ministries and levels of government, private industry, and non-governmental associations, and Health Canada.

Senior Policy Analyst – Drinking Water specifically supports strategic projects including, responding to recommendations in the 2019 BC Auditor General’s The Protection of Drinking Water report, and the 2019 Provincial Health Officer’s report, Clean, Safe, Reliable Drinking Water; collaboration on the proposed Watershed Security Strategy and Fund, and source to tap drinking water strategies; and the Ministry’s contributions to engagement on proposed federal drinking water legislation affecting First Nations in BC. The position may develop drinking water guidance and support regional health authorities’ implementation. The position leads the research, analysis, development, and implementation of strategic policies respecting the Drinking Water Protection Act and regulation (DWPA/R) and brings a public health lens to work with other ministries that are responsible for source water protection.

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.

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Erin.Dale@gov.bc.ca. 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 BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, 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.

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


  • Master’s Degree in environmental or public health or public health sciences, or epidemiology, or environmental management, or environmental sciences or related field and 2 years of *related experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or public health or public health sciences, or epidemiology, or environmental management, or environmental sciences or related field and 3 years of *related experience; OR
  • Diploma in environmental or public health or public health sciences, or epidemiology, or environmental management, or environmental sciences or related field and 4 years of *related experience; OR
  • Certificate or College coursework in environmental or public health or public health sciences, or epidemiology, or environmental management, or environmental sciences or related field and 5 years of *related experience; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

*Related experience must include:

  • Three years of experience developing legislation, regulation, and/or public policy.
  • Three years of experience with engagement and consultation processes related to public policies.
  • One year of experience in project management/planning and coordinating complex projects/assignments.
  • Three years of experience concisely and persuasively writing a range of public documents/content (e.g. guidance documents, briefing notes, information for the public).

Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • Experience related to environmental determinants of health and/or climate change.  
  • Policy development and/or practical experience in fields of water policy or environmental public health protection.

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.


Cover letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES – 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.

Job Category

Policy, Research and Economics

Additional Information

92249_POL SIH27_Senior Water Policy Analyst (Drinking Water)





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