Local recruitment: Regional Hydrogeologist 

British Columbia Public Service

Nanaimo, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: LSO GEO 3 – Regional Hydrogeologist

Position Classification: Licensed Sc Off Other 3

Union: PEA

Location: Nanaimo, BC V9T 6L8 CA (Primary)

Salary Range: $70,683.48-$89,678.84

Close Date: 4/6/2023

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date:

Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Ministry of Forests

Ministry Branch / Division: West Coast Region/Resource Management

Job Summary

Regional Hydrogeologist
Licensed Science Officer (Other) 3

Lesser qualified applicants may be considered.

There is currently 1 permanent opportunity available.
An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and / or temporary opportunities.
This position is located in Nanaimo but may be performed in other approved locations in the West Coast Region. For specific information about a location, applicants must contact the Hiring Manager to confirm if working from that location could be considered.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that 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.

Bring your operational expertise to this unique opportunity

The Regional Hydrogeologist functions as the primary regional groundwater protection expert. This position oversees groundwater science, monitoring, and groundwater protection regulation compliance and supports the Water Authorizations team as a subject matter expert in Hydrogeology. This position sits in the Water Protection Section in the West Coast Region, Ministry of Forests. Water Protection is a team of water specialists that covers a range of topics including groundwater science, hydrology, water protection, monitoring, flood hazard management, dike and dam safety. 

The BC Public Service offers a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits, including one of the best pension plans available, and a variety of opportunities for career learning and development. Regular, full time Professional Employee Association members are also entitled to 7% allowance in Lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby (taken as time or money), have a 35-hour work week, and 4 weeks’ annual paid leave entitlement. To find out more, explore What the BC Public Service offers You

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.

For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact jessica.doyle@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.         

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:

  • Degree in a related field (e.g., Engineering, Hydrogeology, Geology, Earth Science), or equivalent as accepted by the appropriate professional association and 5 years related work experience.
  • Registration or eligible for immediate registration as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

    (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 within 6 months of employment. It is the responsibility of the applicant to have their qualifications reviewed by the appropriate body to ensure they have the necessary requirements for registration.)
  • Experience or specialized training in quantitative hydrogeology.
  • Experience conducting groundwater investigations, including aquifer and well characterization, testing assessment and monitoring.
  • Experience writing technical reports.
  • Experience analysing and interpreting hydrogeological data.

Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Experience developing technical solutions, guidelines and standards for aquifer characterization.
  • Experience leading or coordinating interdisciplinary projects.
  • Experience in any of the above working in British Columbia.
  • Experience working collaboratively with Indigenous groups.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Experience managing contracts and supervising contractors.
  • Experience with the Water Sustainability Act and Groundwater Protection Regulation
  • Experience using GIS platforms and/or databases.


  • Willing to conduct field work.
  • A valid BC Driver’s license is required.
  • Willing to travel for meetings if required.

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 in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


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. 

Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

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.

Job Category: Natural Resource Sector

Additional Information:  JOB PROFILE_LSO GEO 3 – Regional Hydrogeologist – 98686





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