Canada nationals: Water Management Engineer

British Columbia Public Service

Victoria, BC, CA

Consistent with the vision of the Ministry — Environmental Sustainability and Economic Prosperity — the mandate of the Resource Stewardship Division reflects the pride British Columbians have in their many natural resources.  The Division leads in the sustainable management of the province’s natural resources so that BC’s natural heritage is preserved for years to come. Water is one of these natural resources.

The Water Management Branch is accountable for operational delivery of provincial water programs including managing and regulating the allocation of water resources, ensuring safe and reliable community water supplies; and protecting public health and safety through River Forecast Centre operations, flood hazard management, regulation of dikes and dams, and supporting emergency response.  

The Water Allocation Section leads the provincial water licensing and allocation program. The unit deals with the most complex water licensing projects, and provides expert advice to the regions. The unit oversees the regulation and technical issues related to the “Big 5” hydroelectric producers in the province, work collaboratively with the indigenous peoples and First Nations, and management of issues and processes related to interprovincial and international water related agreements.

As an overarching tenet, the ministry of FLNRORD 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 Management Branch reflects this commitment in its collaboration with First Nations. 

Reporting to the Head, Water Allocation (LSO5), the Water Management Engineer provides professional engineering guidance and expert technical advice to ministry staff, local authorities, federal agency reps, First Nations officials and BC residents for the engineering planning and management of the Water Allocation Program and water licensing applications. The position is accountable for providing professional engineering reviews, statutory decisions and fulfilling other responsibilities conferred through legislative and regulatory authority.

*Note: Regulatory management of hydroelectric projects includes licensing, approving and monitoring project construction, and regulating project operation. Major licensees include BC Hydro, Rio Tinto Alcan, Teck Metals, Columbia Power Corporation, Fortis and Independent Power Projects (IPPs).  The total capacity of these licensees is close to 15 GW and accounts for over 90 percent of the province’s total hydroelectric generation capacity.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with stunning beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

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.

Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you:

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 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 [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:


  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering or other directly related natural resource field; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree as stated above, PLUS two (2) years directly related experience.

Professional Designation:

  • Registered or *immediately eligible for registration as a fully qualified Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC). NOTE: *Immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the EGBC. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.


  • Experience providing professional engineering expertise in the planning, design, maintenance and operation of water management systems. 
  • Experience in forecasting, monitoring and analyzing water management systems; conducting structural and design assessments; and preparing supply management plans.
  • Experience providing professional, engineering or scientific expertise, advice and recommendations to executive and senior management, and to others engaged in the delivery of water management programs, initiatives or activities.
  • Experience developing program and/or operational plans; preparing professional engineering reports; and leading research strategies and projects associated with water resource management.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid BC Class 5 driver’s licence.
  • May be required to work under tight deadlines on sensitive or confidential issues. 
  • May be required to interact with industry professionals, First Nations, the general public, clients, or stakeholders with strong opinions in the course of executing regulatory responsibilities.
  • Travel is required, including travel to construction sites over difficult terrain, work irregular hours, and be on-call/available to the Section Head. 
  • Field inspection of project sites may require, at times, travel by boat or helicopter. 
  • Must be willing to travel (overnight) for up to 20 days a year.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as circumstances require.
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (*Note:  It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position).  

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: (Application requirement options and the corresponding screening process)

Professional Designation: YES – *Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered or *immediately eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (EGBC).  NOTE: *immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with EGBC. 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 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 the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (Comprehensive): 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.

*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 job related responsibilities, accountabilities and accomplishments. *Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your resume may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Job Category
Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical
Additional Information

67195_JOB PROFILE_LSO 3-DPE_Water Management Engineer





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