Local recruitment: Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative, Salmon Stewardship Directorate
Vancouver (British Columbia)
$89,861 to $106,933

Closing date: 21 March 2023 – 23:59, Pacific TimeWho can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

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Assessment accommodation

When submitting an application to this selection process, you will be prompted to answer screening questions concerning the essential education, and the essential and asset experience qualifications. It is your responsibility to provide clear and concrete examples in your responses to each question, including when (from-to), where (occupational title, organization) and how you obtained your education and experience. It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. Describe the situation/task, the action you took, what you accomplished and/or what you learned. Content of your response must be supported by your Resume as your responses to these questions will be used as a primary source of information and your Resume will only be used to validate this information. Should you indicate in your response “please refer to Resume” your application will be rejected. Lack of examples and details will result in your application being rejected as the Assessment Board will have insufficient information to determine if the requirement is met.


DFO has begun work on advancing a federal response to address Pacific salmon declines, including a long-term strategy for Pacific salmon to more effectively address the steeply declining trends in many Pacific salmon stocks. Under the Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative (PSSI), a newly created Habitat Restoration Centre of Expertise will advance priority salmon habitat restoration efforts using nature-based solutions and innovative approaches to improve the effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts.

The Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist makes key scientific and technical contributions in the fields of Hydrology and Geomorphology in support of science-based decision-making for the Salmon Habitat Centre of Expertise program. As the lead authority in an area of specialized applied physical science, this position plays a key role in project planning and implementation, stakeholder engagement, analysis and scientific advice on habitat restoration activities.

You will work in a regional team of specialized staff (i.e. Biologists, Engineers, Technicians) to support operational delivery of habitat restoration in the interior watersheds of BC and Yukon and broader regional restoration efforts. Your work will involve field visits for data gathering, writing up reports and recommendations, and providing geomorphic advice on salmon habitat restoration activities.

Examples of duties include:
• Providing hydrologic and geomorphic expertise to restoration planning and design, conduct suitability analysis for restoration activities based on attributes of aquatic ecosystems and process based solutions under future projections of climate change.
• Identifies hydrological principles, tools and methods relevant to restoration studies and projects, placing emphasis on aquatic ecosystem processes to hydrological regime and developing recommendations for restoration approaches.
• Working closely with area and regional staff to conduct technical review of habitat restoration applications and providing professional advice to support decision-making.
• Support implementation of restoration projects, focusing on large scale, complex projects in priority areas.
• Monitor restoration projects to evaluate effectiveness and document success and failure for future guidance.

Intent of the process

The immediate intent of this process is to offer one (1) indeterminate appointment in Vancouver, BC. This staffing process may be used to create a list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions with various tenures and locations, including indeterminate and term opportunities.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

• Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.

The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency

• A minimum of 48 months of cumulative practical experience in hydrology or geoscience relevant to the position.

• Experience in communicating orally and written technical information or data to a variety of audiences for the purpose of advancing understanding or supporting decision-making.

• Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams related to management, assessment, restoration, or research of fish or aquatic habitats.

• Experience in conducting hydrologic or hydromorphic projects or studies.

• Experience in data management, analysis and review, including applying statistical principles.

• Experience in the analysis of hydrological data.

• Experience in conducting sediment transport field data collection, assessment or modelling, including, but not limited to sediment yield analysis, erosion and accretion studies, or suspended sediment and bedload analysis.

• *Recent experience in the evaluation and implementation of hydromorphic assessment and predictions to inform aquatic habitat management decisions.

Note: *Recent experience defined as performing the duties within the last 5 years.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Demonstrating integrity and respect
• Thinking things through
• Working effectively with others
• Showing initiative and being action oriented
• Effective written and oral communication skills

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

• Graduation with a master’s degree and/or PhD from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field related to hydrology, geomorphology, earth science, water resources engineering or other similar degree relevant to the position.

• Professional designation (or immediate eligibility for registration) as a Professional Engineer/Geoscientist or other designation relevant to the position within British Columbia, the Yukon, or another Canadian jurisdiction.

Degree equivalency

• Significant demonstrated experience with aquatic habitat restoration projects in BC (pacific northwest) in coastal nearshore areas or watersheds.

• Experience with Indigenous, partner or stakeholder consultations or engagement on aquatic habitat or environmental issues.

• Experience using spatial information visualization or analysis tools relevant to the position.

• Five or more years of cumulative practical experience in hydrology or geoscience relevant to the position.

• Experience in evaluating technical documentation such as site investigation and feasibility, project plans and designs, hydraulic habitat assessment reports, hydromorphic assessment and modelling, or adaptive management plans related to aquatic habitats.

• Experience in applying project management principles and practices in carrying out projects.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License
• Willing to work overtime on occasion, including weekends.
• Willing and able to travel and work in isolated field locations, possibly including overnight stays.
• Health Canada Medical Clearance may be required dependent on position being staffed

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

An interview will be administered.
Reference checks will be sought.
Depending on the position being staffed, any other requirements may also be deemed as essential or asset.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Chantal Nessman

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