Local recruitment: Senior Authorizations Technologist - Water

British Columbia Public Service

Surrey, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Provide advice and recommendations regarding the use of our valuable water resources

The Water Authorizations Sections of the South Coast Regional Office of the Ministry of Forests provides regional leadership in ensuring the water resources of British Columbia are safe and sustainable. The Water Sustainability Act supports expanded regulation of groundwater, leading environmental protection practices and new area-based management tools, all which allow water resources to be more effectively managed during times of growth and change. Learn more at the following link: Water Licensing & Rights.

As a Senior Authorizations Technologist – Water, you will provide expertise, technical advice and recommendations on aspects of water resource management. You will use that expertise to assess the beneficial use of water, including the efficiency of water use and consideration of environmental flow needs for streams. Current opportunities are available in both our Groundwater and Stream Sections.

The Senior Authorizations Technologist – Water will regularly manage multiple projects and prepare detailed technical reports for decisions on applications for water licences, approvals and amendments. You have solid project management skills and are an excellent communicator with proven conflict resolution skills. You initiate and participate in mediation, public and First Nation consultation processes, and negotiate and resolve disputes over water use to ensure decisions enact the best use of the water resources throughout the region.

A career with the Ministry of Forests offers an exceptional opportunity to undertake a variety of challenging and rewarding roles, while supporting a healthy work/life balance. Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you: Why work for the Ministry of Forests.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a resource management related field and a minimum of one (1) year of natural resource management related experience; OR,
  • Technical Diploma in a related field and a minimum of three (3) years of natural resource management related experience; OR,
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience with a minimum of five (5) years of experience working in water resource management.
  • Related fields include geology, earth science, hydrogeology, hydrology, physical geography, water resource management, environmental sciences, biology, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, or geological engineering, or another degree/diploma with a demonstrated focus on one or more of the above-mentioned program areas.
  • Experience interpreting and applying legislation that supports natural resource management.

Preference may be given to those with one (1) or more of the following:

  • Experience working with the Water Sustainability Act.
  • Experience in water resource management.
  • Experience working with GIS.
  • Experience and/or education in hydrogeology and hydrogeological analysis.
  • Experience and/or education in hydrology and hydrologic analysis.
  • Experience and/or education in biology and habitat assessment
  • Experience working in any of the above in British Columbia.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Emily.Elsliger@gov.bc.ca or Michele.Lepitre@gov.bc.ca.

About this Position:
Amendment March 27, 2023: salary information updated to reflect new rate as of April 9, 2023.
Up to eight (8) positions are currently available; seven (7) are permanent, full time positions and one (1) is for a temporary opportunity until July 24, 2024.
Due to on-site and field-based requirements, these positions are located in Surrey, BC.
Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work up to two (2) days at home per week as per the Telework Agreement.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future similar vacancies in Surrey.

Working for the BC Public Service:
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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations (status or non-status), MĂ©tis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact IndigenousApplicants@gov.bc.ca or 778-405-3452.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, great learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development options. For more information, visit What the BC Public Service Offers.

Surrey is a bustling city just outside of Vancouver, BC and close the US border with Washington State. With over 200 parks, a variety of arts and heritage events – including various seasonal celebrations – this urban centre is in a prime location to enjoy big city amenities with a community charm all its own.

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

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 job titles, start and end dates (month and year) and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to this position.

Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed in the job profile. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Note: for long or essay style questionnaires, we recommend saving frequently while completing it. You can also copy the questions into another document, complete it offline, then log back in and copy/paste your responses when you are ready to submit your application.

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.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

The BC Public Service COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 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.

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 at the bottom of the posting.

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





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development