Local recruitment: LSO OTHR 2 - Hydrometric Specialist

British Columbia Public Service

British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: LSO OTHR 2 – Hydrometric Specialist

Position Classification: Licensed Sc Off Other 2

Union: PEA


Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G5 CA
Kamloops, BC V2H 1B7 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
Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA

Salary Range: $61,182.54 – $77,067.27 annually

Close Date: 2/24/2023

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date:

Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Env & Climate Change Strategy

Ministry Branch / Division: Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Branch/Environmental Protection Division

Job Summary

A great opportunity to take the next step in your career

The Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Branch (EMAB) is a key program area within the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The branch manages and coordinates the acquisition, publication and application of data analytics and science-based knowledge, including the provision of lab services.  The branch supports the management and stewardship of the natural resource sector through ambient monitoring data production, development of scientific/technical standards and guidelines and through the provision of expert environment and climate change advice and support. The branch advances the use and application of relevant knowledge and best practices and achieves its objectives through partnerships and shared stewardship with First Nations, partners, stakeholders, and communities. Work is guided by BC’s water legislation, regulations and Living Water Smart initiative and plan.

Within EMAB, the Environmental and Climate Monitoring Section (ECMS) is responsible for the province-wide delivery of the air, surface water, groundwater, snow, and water quality monitoring networks. The section oversees program management, the provision of expert leadership; monitoring equipment procurement, installation, operation and maintenance; data collection, quality assurance, publication, trend analysis and reporting. The section co-manages the federal-provincial hydrometric network, delivers the provincial hydrometric program, and publishes operational standards and analytical products (i.e., Streamflow Inventory Reports). Through the sharing of environmental information, the section provides data science analytics to inform ministry policy, standards development, environmental monitoring approaches and support for science-based resource management decisions.

The Hydrometrics Specialist plans, establishes and maintains hydrometric stations and networks; organizes and coordinates hydrologic, hydrometric, hydraulic, and hydrogeology scientific data; and provides expert professional and scientific advice to partners and external stakeholders on water management and related analyses. Working with considerable independence the Hydrometrics Specialist demonstrates expertise in hydrometric operations, information management, data analytics, quality assurance, etc. The position uses sound judgement, and coordinates highly complex or politically sensitive issues, escalating matters to the Hydrometrics Supervisor only when they exceed the purview of the position. The position selects sites, acquires equipment; determines computer models; collects and analyzes data; interprets and formulates conclusions; and prepares comprehensive research reports. 

Job Requirements:
•    A Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences, Earth Sciences, Civil or Water Resources Engineering with emphasis in hydrology, hydrotechnical engineering or fluvial geomorphology or in a similar acceptable water or natural resource field such as those stated above; AND 2 years related experience with Hydrometric networks.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
•    Registered, or immediately eligible (within 6 months) for registration, with the British Columbia professional association as required by the specialty area (e.g., the Association of BC Forest Professionals, BC Institute of Agrologists, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia). 

*Note: Immediately eligible is defined as being registered as a professional in another Canadian jurisdiction and able to transfer that membership to a BC professional association listed above within 6 months of employment. It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate association review their qualifications to ensure they have the necessary requirements for registration.

•    Experience applying the theory and practice of hydrometry and hydraulics, as well as addressing its practical application.
•    Experience planning, organizing and conducting field-based hydrologic and hydrometric assessments. 
•    Experience with hydrometric networks, software programs and associated technology, and equipment associated with hydrometric data collection, processing (e.g., Aquatic Informatics, Aquarius software), analysis and assessment as well as standard computer programs (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite) and spatial analysis software.
•    Experience establishing collaborative working relationships with senior officials, industry professionals, community leaders, First Nations, and others. 

Provisos & Willingness Statements:
•    Possession of a valid BC driver’s licence in good standing. 
•    Must be willing to conduct field work that may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, occasional overnight and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
•    Fieldwork typically involves carrying moderately heavy equipment and supplies in difficult terrain, on a regular basis, while meeting WorkSafeBC standards.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Neil.Goeller@gov.bc.ca.

About this Position:

This position is also posted as a STO 24 under REQ 95456.
There are 2 positions available.
This position may be performed from these locations: Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Penticton, Nelson, Cranbrook and Prince George, other Ministry of Env & Climate Change Strategy office locations may be considered.
An eligibility list may be established.

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 is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, MĂ©tis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact IndigenousApplicants@gov.bc.ca or 778-405-3452.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

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

Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP); OR, a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA); OR, a Professional Engineer/Geoscientist with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC). Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to obtain registration in BC from a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the appropriate BC association (ABCFPBCIAEGBC). Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made. If you do not meet this requirement, apply to the Scientific Technical Officer 24R opportunity via Requisition 95456.

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: Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical

Additional Information:  Job Profile_95453_LSO 2 Hydrometrics Specialist





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