Local recruitment: Water Quality Data Analyst

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Jan 31, 2023

Location: Edmonton or Calgary, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Water Quality Data Analyst 

Job Requisition ID: 37990

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Edmonton or Calgary

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: February 15, 2023

Classification: Scientific 1

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


In this position, you will be responsible for supporting four core results related to watershed monitoring and research delivered by the Watershed Sciences Section of the Air and Watershed Stewardship Branch, within the Resource Stewardship Division: Design, Planning, Delivering, Evaluation and Reporting. These responsibilities include: 

  • Design: You will provide key technical and analytical support in the development of focused and core monitoring programs. This includes literature reviews and data retrieval, preparation and analyses to directly support the development and delivery of work plans related to EPA’s water science programs. 
  • Planning: You will explore and identify innovative methods to observe and measure the condition of watersheds by staying up to date with the latest science, as well as frequent interaction with provincial and national scientists.
  • Delivering: You will support the implementation of the watershed monitoring programs, including but not limited to supporting the development of standardized operating procedures for monitoring activities. You will also assist your team in the compilation of data in response to internal and external information requests, including but not limited to requests for water quality/quantity data or reports on the condition of Alberta’s watersheds. 
  • Evaluation and Reporting: You will assist in the compilation of data from EPA and external databases in preparation for subsequent analyses and conduct basic and advanced statistical analyses of water quality and quantity data to deliver specific project requirements using analytical platforms such as R or Python. You will also lead (under the supervision of the principal investigator) and/or participate in the collaborative writing of reporting products communicating major observations and conclusions of long-term and focused monitoring activities on the condition, status and trends of the quality and health of Alberta’s watersheds, including but not limited to peer reviewed scientific papers, technical and state of the environment reports.



  • Bachelor of Science in a field related to Watershed science (e.g. aquatic biology, aquatic chemistry, aquatic ecology, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental statistics, biogeochemistry, and water resources); no experience is required.


  • Strong data analysis skills and demonstrated competency in existing and emerging statistical methods related to assessing the status and changes in environmental conditions.
  • Demonstrated competency using analytical platforms such as R or Python.
  • Experience working with large water quality and quantity datasets for Alberta’s river, lake and/or groundwater systems.
  • Strong scientific writing skills, including the ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences (e.g. stakeholders, the public, senior government leadership).
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s acts, regulations and policies and frameworks related to water quality and quantity.
  • Field experience in the collection of water monitoring samples/data. 

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.

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.


$2,646.59 to $3,471.47 bi-weekly ($69,075 – $90,605/year)


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

Please Note: This is a full time permanent position located in either 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. In your resume include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Please also indicate if your work was full-time, part-time, or contract. 

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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