Canada nationals: Water Resources Technologist (Hydrology)

Yukon Government

Whitehorse, YT, CA

This is a full time 2 year TERM position, working 75 hours bi-weekly.    Open to all candidates.  Preference will be given to qualified candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.

The Department of Environment is a recognized leader and a trusted partner in environmental stewardship. Our actions support a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous Yukon. Within the Department, the Water Resources Branch is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the quality and quantity of the territory’s surface and groundwater resources.

The Water Resources Branch is seeking a hydrology technologist to join their team. The hydrology program within the Branch operates a variety of long-term monitoring networks aimed at promoting public safety and ensuring responsible development in Yukon. A successful candidate will primarily work with the Branch’s two Hydrology Technologists and Senior Hydrology Scientist to collect, synthesize, and analyze water related data for use in a variety of applications.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with external and internal partners towards the management and stewardship of water resources. The position undertakes field work and data collection in support of hydrometric, meteorological, and snow survey programs. Other key duties include water quantity data collection, analysis, reporting, flood forecasting support, production of snow bulletins, and support for community monitoring programs. The successful candidate will lead several different projects and get to work with people in several government departments, and with First Nation partners, consultants and the public.

The position is also part of a multi-disciplinary team involved in providing hydrogeology, water quality, and hydrology expertise and input toward development assessment processes and project reviews. 

For more information about this position, please contact:  John Ryder, (A) Operations Manager at Water Resources Branch at (867) 456-6538, or via [email protected] .

 Essential Qualifications

If this position interests you, please submit your application clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications below as selection for further consideration is based on the information you provide in your application. 

  • A  diploma or degree in water resources engineering, physical geography/earth sciences, environmental sciences, or related discipline with a specialization in water resource technology/hydrology;

  • Recent experience in the installation, operation, and maintenance of hydrometric and meteorological monitoring stations;

  • Recent experience with data collection instrumentation (e.g. data loggers, streamflow velocity meters, snow pillows, satellite data collection platforms, and meteorological sensors);

  • Experience using software for the synthesis and analysis of water data (e.g. Microsoft Excel and Access, Aquarius Time Series, statistical analysis packages, and hydrological modeling applications);

  • Experience conducting technical assessments, and presenting data and information in reports;

  • Experience planning and leading field trips to remote locations;

  • Experience conducting water quality and groundwater monitoring will be considered an asset;

  • Experience in analyzing and applying technical information toward environmental assessment reviews of exploration/development proposals, with emphasis on evaluating potential project effects to water quantity/quality will be considered an asset.

Candidates who have education, training, and/or experience equivalent to the essential qualifications listed above will be equally considered.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

Candidates should have and may be assessed on:

  • Sound understanding of the water cycle and hydrologic response in cold regions;

  • Knowledge of hydro-meteorological data collection techniques and instrumentation;

  • Proficiency and/or aptitude to work with a variety of computer applications (e.g. data analysis, data management, statistical and hydrological modelling applications);

  • Ability to plan, manage, and implement work plans paying attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy, consistency, and data quality;

  • Ability to manage changing priorities, problem solve, and improvise in the field;

  • Competency with a range of hand and power tools;

  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with others;

  • Ability to interpret and present technical water data to a wide variety of audiences.

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Valid Class 5 driver’s licence
  • Will be required to obtain Swift Water Rescue and Ice Rescue certification 
  • Medical clearance required.

Additional Information

Job Requirements: Field work in all weather conditions and remote areas (up to 5 day duration), lifting of heavy objects, travel via ATVs, snowmobiles, helicopters and small planes, working with a variety of hand and power tools, comfortable working in and around moving water and ice conditions. Must be capable of performing in environments with significant physical challenges, hazards and dangers.