Local recruitment: Water Policy Advisor

British Columbia Public Service

British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: POL SC 27R – Water Policy Advisor

Position Classification: Policy Analyst – Science R27

Union: GEU


100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0 CA
Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G5 CA
Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 CA
Fort St John, BC V1J6M7 CA
Kamloops, BC V2H 1B7 CA
Kelowna, BC V1Z 2S9 CA
Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6L8 CA
Nelson, BC V1L 6K1 CA
Penticton, BC V2A 8X1 CA
Prince George, BC V2N4P7 CA
Quesnel, BC V2J 6W6 CA
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 CA
Surrey, BC V4P 1M5 CA
Terrace, BC V8G 1W2 CA
Vancouver, BC V6B 0N8 CA
Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 CA
Vernon, BC V1T 9V2 CA
Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA
Williams Lake, BC V2G 5M1 CA

Salary Range: $75,552.53 – $86,175.83 annually plus 3.3% Temporary Market Adjustment

Close Date: 1/16/2023

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date:

Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Water,Land,ResourceStewardship

Ministry Branch / Division: Water, Fisheries and Coastal Policy, Water Protection and Sustainability Branch

Job Summary

Bring your policy, legislation, and planning expertise to this exciting water leadership role

The Water Protection and Sustainability Branch leads water and watershed-related strategic planning, policy, legislation, and science for B.C.  The branch supports the regional implementation of this work across the Natural Resource Sector and with health agencies.  The branch operates at a fast pace, on a broad range of issues and initiatives, and in a highly collaborative setting.  Our work is founded on Indigenous reconciliation principles and commitments and we build on a range of partnerships with Indigenous groups, provincial agencies, other levels of government, stakeholders, and other watershed based organizations.  

The current work of the Branch includes development of a provincial Watershed Security Strategy and Fund, policy support for the water related legislation, support to treaty and other Indigenous processes, collaboration with Indigenous groups on watershed planning and governance, development of a Source to Tap Drinking Water Protection Strategy, development of water quality guidelines and objectives, and the science to support these initiatives. 

The Water Policy Advisor develops and implements provincial water, watershed and natural resource sector policy, strategies, watershed governance models, legislation, and non-regulatory tools.  This role also provides policy advice to clients and supports training to help guide program, policy and legislative delivery to the natural resource sector. The Advisor draws on the strengths of analytical and conceptual thinking and problem solving while building relationships and strong teams to deliver on the priorities of agencies in the natural resource sector, health, local government and other ministries and programs.

Job Requirements:


  • Post-graduate degree in Natural Resources management, Environment, Sustainability, Public Administration, Public Policy, Law, Business Administration or related field; OR
  • Under-graduate degree in the areas stated above PLUS 2 years directly related experience.


  • Experience providing expertise in the development of policy.  Preference may be given to applicants with this experience in the areas of water or natural resource management.
  • Experience leading people.  Preference may be given to applicants with experience supervising staff or leading teams.  
  • Experience researching, analyzing, and evaluating complex issues and information to assess the impact of a policy and/or strategic plan on an organization.  Preference may be given to applicants with this experience in the areas of water or natural resource management.
  • Experience establishing, building, and maintaining collaborative working relationships with Indigenous groups, internal managers, internal staff and teams, external groups and/or other levels of government.
  • Experience producing complex and written documentation for senior decision-makers.

Provisos/Willingness Statements:

  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Successful candidate will be expected to report to a NRS government office point of assembly regularly, as deemed necessary by the employer.
  • A valid full BC driver’s licence (minimum class 5), or an equivalent class driver’s licence from another province or jurisdiction is preferred.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Lana.Miller@gov.bc.ca.

About this Position:
There are currently 2 Regular Full Time opportunities.

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

Working for the BC Public Service:
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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service can help Indigenous applicants (First Nations [status or non-status], MĂ©tis or Inuit) interested in BC Public Service job positions.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements list above.

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

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

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – You will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. 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 how you obtained your relevant experience. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

The BC Public Service COVID-19 Vaccination Policy defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19.  Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required.  It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service.  More information can be found here.

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 at the bottom of the posting. 

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Category: Policy, Research and Economics

Additional Information:  Job_Profile_95337





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