Local recruitment: Hydrogeologist

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Mar 2, 2023

Location: Edmonton or Calgary, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Hydrogeologist 

Job Requisition ID: 36818

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: March 23, 2023

Classification: Subsidiary 02B 3625 Scientific 4

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


Are you passionate about the safe and effective delivery of a scientifically robust Provincial groundwater monitoring, evaluation and reporting program? This may be the position for you!

In this role, you will be responsible for co-leading four core results related to groundwater environmental monitoring and research delivered by the Resource Stewardship Division (RSD) and the Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) Branch: Design, Planning, Delivering, Evaluation and Reporting.

  1. Design: Lead the review, development and continuous improvement of groundwater research and long-term groundwater monitoring programs that address major issues of concern to the Government of Alberta. The end result is an internationally recognized groundwater science and monitoring program that supports the government’s business mandate.
  2. Planning: Completes multi-year research and monitoring plans that are driven by scientific questions to assess the condition of Alberta’s groundwater quality and quantity, including incorporation of other disciplines. Plans also include scientific evaluations of the impacts of environmental variation and anthropogenic stressors, including climate change and land use, on groundwater quality and quantity.
  3. Delivering: Ensures long-term groundwater quality and quantity monitoring and research programs are delivered in a safe and effective manner. The end result is safe and timely completion of deliverables within the available budget.
  4. Evaluation and Reporting: Develop, leads and actively participates in the analyses and completion of scientifically credible environmental data evaluation and reporting that meet project plan commitments and legislated reporting requirements. The end results are, but not limited to, Condition of the Environment reports and peer-reviewed papers in international journals.



  • Ph.D. in in a relevant scientific discipline related to hydrogeology in more than one of the following areas: physical hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, geostatistics, environmental (bio)geochemistry, contaminant hydrogeology, vadose zone processes, environmental engineering and water resources, hydrogeophysics or equivalent.
  • 5 years post-doctoral or equivalent work experience in groundwater quality or quantity and hydrogeological science, including the design and implementation of groundwater quality or quantity research and monitoring programs and associated data management.
  • Experience with the application of appropriate hydrogeological models or other means to predict and/or understand local, regional and cumulative impacts of a broad range of development and anthropogenic activities on groundwater quality or quantity.
  • Advanced numerical analyses using (geo) statistical methods of large environmental data sets using software such as R.
  • Demonstrated record of primary and collaboratively authored publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with established peers with a similar level of experience (for example, Associate Professors at Canadian academic institutions).
  • Demonstrated record of leading/participating in groundwater research programs that incorporate multiple disciplines including, for example: hydrology, (hydro)climatology, aquatic chemistry, aquatic ecology, statistics, sediment transport and fate, (bio)geochemistry, wetland science, geospatial science, modelling and limnology.


  • Masters Degree, plus 7 years related experience; 
  • University graduation in a related field, plus 9 years related experience.


  • Valid class 5 drivers license or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with AEP’s monitoring and/or research programs.
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s hydrostratigraphy and familiarity with groundwater modeling including software such as FEFLOW and MODFLOW.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective and productive working relationships, including with Indigenous communities, various internal and external researchers, post-secondary institutions graduate students, researchers, and specialized scientists.  

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.

Develop Self and Others: A commitment to lifelong learning and the desire to invest in the development of the long-term capability of yourself and others.

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.


$3,550.90 to $4,713.47 bi-weekly ($92,678 – $123,021/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 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 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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development