Canada nationals: Aquatic Stewardship Coordinator

British Columbia Public Service

Various, BC, CA

  • The posting is to establish an eligibility list for current and future temporary or permanent positions.
  • Currently available: Temporary position until October 23, 2020  
  • Position is available in either Smithers, Prince George or Victoria.  Other Ministry of Environment and Climate Change office locations may be considered.
  • This is not virtual position.  

Please note:  Experience-types listed as preferences may not be used in the select criteria. So, the absence of experience in these areas should not be a deterrent to would-be applicants.

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The Environment and Climate Monitoring Section is responsible for the delivery of provincial air, groundwater, snow and water quality monitoring networks.  The section directs monitoring equipment procurement and installation, data collection and management activities, quality assurance procedures, and reporting of air and water quality trends. The section also delivers the provincial hydrology program and standards. Through sharing of environmental information and analyses, the section helps shape ministry policy, standards development and implementation and associated effectiveness monitoring approaches. 

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy supports the Government of British Columbia in its focus on building a true and lasting vision of reconciliation. The Ministry is committed to building and maintaining partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and the Water Protection and Sustainability Branch reflects this commitment in its collaboration with First Nations.  

The Aquatic Stewardship Coordinator develops program and monitoring policy, provides expert scientific advice in monitoring requirements to stewardship groups and acts as a technical lead for resultant land management plans. This position leads and coordinates the Provincial Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program, and works directly with Indigenous Nations, regional districts, health authorities, stewardship groups and non-government organizations, including the BC Lakes Stewardship Society, to monitor lake and aquatic water quality across the province. Data from this program are used to inform lake management and restoration projects and contribute to provincial scale long-term ambient surface water quality dataset used by internal and external clients. 

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact [email protected]. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to [email protected], 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 Time on the closing date of the competition.

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 biological sciences or equivalent with related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience, or
  • Master’s degree and 2 years related experience, or
  • PhD and 6 months related experience. 

Experience in:

  • developing water science monitoring programs;
  • interpreting and applying environmental management legislation, regulations, and policies;
  • conducting scientific research or studies related to water resource management and/or environmental topics and issues, particularly those associated with the analysis of biological and water quality components;
  • providing professional, technical or scientific expertise, advice and recommendations to senior management, external stakeholders and to others with respect to biological and/or water quality issues;
  • preparing a variety of scientific documentation (e.g., technical reports, statistical analyses, briefing materials, etc.).

Added Requirements:

  • Registered (or eligible) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following experience and/or certification:

  • limnological field protocols including water quality and plankton sample collection from shallow and deep lakes;
  • biomonitoring field protocols (i.e. Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network – CABIN certification);
  • up to date standard first aid;
  • pleasure craft operator certificate.


  • May conduct field work that may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, occasional overnight and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • Fieldwork typically involves carrying equipment and supplies in difficult terrain while meeting WorkSafeBC standards.
  • Possession of a valid Class 5 BC driver’s licence in good standing.

Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) with CAB. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the CAB). To assess your ability to meet these criteria, please visit the CAB website academic self-assessment tool.

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.


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. 

Online Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.                                                                            

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please 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 your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category
Scientific and Technical
Additional Information

67212 – Bio 24 Aquatic Stewardship Coordinater Job Profile





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