Local recruitment: Surface Water Monitoring Technologists (2 positions available)

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Mar 1, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Surface Water Monitoring Technologists (2 positions available) 

Job Requisition ID: 39567

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: March 15, 2023

Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Technologies 5

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


Do you have a genuine interest in keeping land and water resources safe and sustainable in our communities and have the skills to complete water monitoring activities? Do you enjoy outdoor field-oriented work, comfortable around water, and able to perform sampling duties in all types of weather conditions?

Reporting to Water Monitoring Lead, the Surface Water Quality Technologist will be part of the Ambient Environmental Monitoring Team located in Edmonton and will be involved in Surface Water Quality Monitoring in the Lower Athabasca Region for the Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) Program. Applying your skills and knowledge, you will participate in all areas of water monitoring covered by the OSM Program including hydrometric, meteorological, surface water quality, biological (fish and benthos), and groundwater.  Specifically, the position will concentrate on the execution of Surface Water Quality (SWQ) monitoring activities within the current Department plan and mandate, resulting in safe, efficient and accurate data collection using various equipment and sampling techniques. The water data collected by the OSM Program informs long term trends in quantity and quality, industrial water uses, cumulative effects management, scientific studies, public safety and ecosystem/watershed protection. Utilizing your strong organizational, and time management skills as well as the ability to provide innovative ideas, solve problems, and manage projects and contracts, will allow you to identify process enhancement opportunities that support continuous improvement and performance. The position will also be required to respond to environmental emergencies.

To ensure success in this role and to work effectively with others (team, Branch staff, public), you will possess excellent communication and teamwork skills; an ability to troubleshoot will also be essential especially when working in remote areas. An ability to work independently as well as strong organizational skills are also essential for the successful candidate in this position.



  • Two-year technical diploma in a water related area.
  • Four (4) years related field and office experience undertaking all aspects of water monitoring.
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent).
  • Must have the ability to swim.
  • Proficiency and experience with MS Office Applications including technical software applications is required, (e.g., various multiprobe calibration/programming software).

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of: 

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

Preference will be given to those with:

  • Current designation or eligibility for professional or technical association membership or designation is preferred (e.g. CET, or P. Biol.).
  • The following required safety certifications: Standard First Aid, Defensive Driver, Collision Avoidance, Trailering, WHMIS, TDG, Marine Emergency Duty / Small Vessel Operator Proficiency training and cold-water survival, Wildlife Awareness, Swift Water Rescue, and Ice Safety Technician.

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: Your work exceeds goals and you partner with others to achieve objectives.  You can work independently or with others to plan and execute field trips, understand considerations for seasonal weather conditions and community impact, and be timely in responding to situations.

Agility: You work in a changing environment and take initiative to change.  You will have the ability to anticipate, assess and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience and work effectively in changing environments and be flexible to respond, especially in emergency situations.

Build Collaborative Environments: You facilitate open communication and learn to leverage the skills, opinions and knowledge of others to enhance your own self-knowledge, show respect and appreciation for others and have to ability to effectively minimize crisis or resolve conflict.

Creative Problem Solving: You focus on continuous improvement and increasing your breadth of knowledge.


$2,476.19 to $3,261.33 bi-weekly ($64,628 – $85,120/year)


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

Please Note: There are two full time permanent positions located in Edmonton. A valid Class 5 driver’s license is required to operate specialized vehicles e.g. boats, snow machines, ATVs. Our Water Monitoring teams travel in helicopters and as such, you must be comfortable with flights and heights. This position will require you to work outside in adverse weather and road conditions and be exposed to various domestic animals and wildlife. Ability to swim is fundamentally important. Long hours and/or weekend work may become necessary in the field at any time and therefore flexibility is essential.

Safety Certifications to be completed within the first 2 years of employment are: Standard First Aid, Defensive Driver, Collision Avoidance, Trailering, WHMIS, TDG, Marine Emergency Duty / Small Vessel Operator Proficiency training and Cold-Water Survival, Wildlife Awareness, Swift Water Rescue, and Ice Safety Technician.

About Your Work Environment:
In this role, you will be working in an office/lab/warehouse setting located in Edmonton. However, you will be primarily working in the field and be required to travel to remote areas under a wide range of conditions using 4X4 trucks, helicopters, boats, snowmobiles, ATV’s, canoes, and trailers.

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. 

What We Offer: 

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 via email 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.





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