Local recruitment: Water and Climate Data Scientist

Government of Yukon Canada

Whitehorse, YT, Canada 🇨🇦

Department: Government of Yukon -> Environment – Water Resources – Hydrology

Location: Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6 CA (Primary)

Job Type: Term/Temporary

End Date: 12 June 2024

Full/Part Time: Full-time

Standard Hours Bi-weekly: 75

Classification: ST16

Salary: $85,241.00 – $98,915.00

Union: YEU

Days Off: Saturday/Sunday

Travel: 10%

Admissibility: Open to all Candidates, Preference – Canadian Indigenous Ancestry, Preference – Yukon First Nations ancestry

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the above noted Admissibility. A hiring preference will apply for qualified candidates of Canadian Indigenous ancestry, with a priority for qualified Yukon First Nation candidates. This initiative is in support of Yukon government’s goal for a representative public service. For more information on the hiring preference visit www.yukon.ca/hiring-preference.

Job Summary and Requirements

This is a term, anticipatory permanent competition – the vacancy is currently for one year but may become permanent through the business planning process. If a permanent position becomes available within the 12-month eligibility list, this eligibility list will be used ahead of a posted second competition.  This competition may also be used to staff similar vacancies.

Our role

The Water Resources Branch works with diverse partners to protect water for the environment and people. We do so by building knowledge generated from our many water monitoring networks, undertaking research and targeted projects and by applying our learnings in the development of plans, policies and by providing expertise through Yukon’s regulatory process and through issuing flood forecasts. We are a committed, collaborative and engaged group of professionals who take pride in water stewardship for all Yukoners.

Your role

The Water and Climate Data Scientist strengthens the resiliency of the Yukon government’s flood forecasting and monitoring program through the development of data-driven products to support flood forecasting and modelling. The incumbent also ensures effective management, access, interpretation and communication of water and climate data to support flood forecasting and climate change analyses.

For more information about this position, please contact: Anthony Bier, Senior Scientist – Hydrology, Anthony.bier@yukon.ca, (867) 667-3217.

If you have questions about applying on this position please contact HR Consultant, Karen Fortin-Wooding at karen.fortin-wooding@yukon.ca  Note that applications are accepted through the YG Job portal only – please do not email your resume. A link to the job description is provided at the end this ad.

Essential Qualifications (what we’re looking for in your resume)

To be considered for this opportunity, you’ll need to demonstrate how you meet the following qualifications in your resume.  Be sure to highlight how the experience you have acquired aligns with the ‘must haves’ for this position, including the month and year for each work experience entry. Selection for further consideration is based solely on the information you provide in your resume. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire to assist the screening panel in their assessment.

  • Degree in environmental or water resources engineering, environmental sciences, geography or other physical sciences with a specialization or significant experience in data science, or a degree in data science.
  • Experience working with a variety of programming languages such as R, Python or equivalent for data discovery, analytics and/or modelling of environmental data.
  • Experience conducting data processing, management, quality assurance and quality control of spatial, discrete and continuous environmental datasets.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting environmental data to answer research questions and disseminating the results in various formats.
  • Knowledge and experience in meteorological, hydrology, water quality and groundwater science and methods of data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation.

Candidates who have education, training, and/or experience equivalent to the essential qualifications listed above may be equally considered.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

To support key objectives and strategic  needs of this position, candidates will be assessed on the following:

  • Programming skills for the management and analysis of environmental data
  • Knowledge of hydrometeorological data collection and analysis techniques
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and build partnerships with a broad range of internal and external partners
  • Ability to set goals and priorities, and strong organizational and time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative and strategic thinking and problem-solving ability

Additional Information

Conditions of Employment: Valid Class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent)

Job Requirements: Ability to be on call on select weekends May-September to support flood forecasting. Field work in all weather conditions and remote areas, lifting of heavy objects, travel via ATV, boat, snowmobiles, helicopters, and small planes.

Why joining us is a great idea.

Yukon government has been recognized as a Top 100 Canadian Employer since 2014.   Top 100  

We support balancing personal and professional needs through comprehensive benefits, the ability to build your professional skills through learning and developmental opportunities, and flexible work and leave options.

There’s no best way to tell you why Yukon is an amazing place to live and work but you can see some of what our Territory has to offer here:  Adventure awaits

Eligibility List: 12 months

Post Date: 13 February 2023

Close Date: 24 February 2023

Job Description:  JD_ Water and Climate Data JD





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