Local recruitment: Flood Authorizations Specialist

British Columbia Public Service

Surrey, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: STO 24R – Flood Authorizations Specialist
Position Classification: Scientific/Technical Off R24
Union: GEU
Location: Surrey, BC V4P 1M5 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $69,185.43 – $78,814.47 annually
Close Date: 1/24/2023
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Ministry of Forests
Ministry Branch / Division: Flood Safety

Job Summary

Flood Authorizations Specialist
Scientific Technical Officer R24

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

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that 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.

A challenging and rewarding opportunity in natural resource management is waiting for you

The Ministry of Forests (the Ministry) is the province’s land manager, responsible for stewardship of Provincial Crown land, cultural and natural resources. The Ministry also is responsible for the flood safety and drought management programs in BC and collaborates with the Provincial Emergency Program in the efforts to protect public health and safety related to these types of events. The Ministry plays a leadership role by providing guidance in respect of dike safety and land use management and supports other provincial and local government agencies in emergency management.

Under limited direction, the Flood Authorizations Specialist, as a Deputy Inspector of Dikes appointed under the Dike Maintenance Act, is responsible for statutory duties regulating the construction, inspection and maintenance of dikes and other flood hazard mitigation works within the province. This position will develop, maintain and distribute provincial dike safety records and information, including mapping. The position will also work on coordinating and training flood assessment and observer personnel.

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.

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.

For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Emily.Elsliger@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a water-related discipline (Natural Resource Management, Integrated Watershed Management, Physical (fluvial) Geography, Water Resource or Civil Engineering) and a minimum of 3 years’ related experience; OR,
  • Technical diploma in a related field and 5 years’ related experience, OR,
  • Secondary school graduation, supplemented by related courses and 8 years’ related experience.
  • Related experience includes hydrology, hydraulic structures, drainage, soil mechanics, construction/engineering practice, surveying, project supervision, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence, or equivalent.

Preference may be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in water-related management, including:

  • Geotechnical and/or river engineering, embankment stability and seepage analysis, design and/or construction of earth embankments, dikes and small dams, drainage structures, erosion protection or related work, AND/OR,
  • Hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and flood mitigation techniques, AND/OR,
  • Flood hazard management practices such as preparation of flood management plans or applications for structural project approvals, and/or review of flood management plans or applications for structural projects.


  • Must be available 24/7 during response to emergencies and disasters and willing to perform a variety of duties within the scope of the position’s regular responsibilities.
  • Must be willing and able to undertake emergency response work under stressful circumstances and in hostile climatic environments.
  • Must be willing and able to occasionally travel throughout the region and conduct field work which may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in rough camp conditions and outdoor work in all weather conditions.

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 – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

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: Scientific and Technical

Additional Information: Job Profile_STO 24R_Flood Authorizations Specialist _95212





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