Canada nationals: Drinking Water/Wastewater Engineer

British Columbia Public Service

Victoria, BC, CA

A great opportunity to take the next step in your career

The Population and Public Health Division at the B.C. Ministry of Health focuses on improving people’s overall health and well-being by promoting health; preventing disease, disability, and injury; protecting people from harm; and ensuring particular focus on key groups including Aboriginal peoples, women and children. The intent of these actions is to promote a healthier population and reduce current and future demands on the health care system. Population and Public Health Division business areas fulfill their work through stewardship, including planning, directing and evaluating programs, policies, and legislation; providing leadership and expert advice based on evidence and best practices; and by building partnerships with program-specific stakeholders.

The Health Protection Branch safeguards the population from potential health threats by developing legislation and policy for the prevention and reduction of risk of harms from pathogens and contaminants in food, soil, air, and water, environmental contamination and global change.  The Branch assesses public health risks and develops policy and strategies to minimize those risks. 

Under the general administrative supervision of the Director, Healthy Community Environments, the Water/Wastewater Engineer is a water treatment expert that provides technical advice and develops guidelines, standards and policy to support provisions under the Drinking Water Protection Act and the Public Health Act.   

As a subject matter expert, the Water/Wastewater Treatment Engineer will apply principles of science and engineering to address the delivery of safe drinking water, the standard practice of onsite sewage management and the design and operation of swimming pools for public health protection.  This position develops advice, guidance and recommendations to the Ministry of Health, other Ministries, Health Authorities, local government, public agencies, industry groups and the general public on public health risk management strategies. 

Enjoy all the BC Public Service has to offer – a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits and much more. Your earnings include benefits for health and wellness, life insurance, retirement and more; reflecting the true value of our employees. Other incentives include: 35 hour work week, annual premium of 7% in lieu of Overtime, Shift Work and Standby allowance (take as time or money) and 4 weeks’ vacation in your first year.

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.

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 Engineering, Geoscience, Hydrology or Hydrogeology and three (3) years related work experience with specialized training in water and wastewater treatment, policy development and health risk assessment & management; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Geoscience, Hydrology or Hydrogeology and five (5) years related work experience with specialized training in water and wastewater treatment, policy development and health risk assessment & management; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education, work and experience may be considered.
  • Must be registered or immediately* eligible for registration as a fully licensed Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC).
    *Immediately eligible means you a fully licensed registered Professional Engineer, member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction that can be immediately transfer to EGBC.


Minimum one year of experience in:

  • Developing policy solutions, guidelines or standards for water or wastewater treatment and enhancing programs to meet long-term goals and objectives for public health protection, preferably in a regulatory setting; and one or more of the following:
    • Conducting design or assessment of drinking water or wastewater management systems, preferably in British Columbia
    • Supervising technical or auxiliary staff or contractors, managing budgets, leading interdisciplinary projects and writing technical reports.
    • Applying or developing human health risk assessment techniques and approaches to risk management principles and actions.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with three (3) or more years of experience as noted above.    

Please include your license number with the with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) within your application as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a fully licensed Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Association. If you are not yet registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a fully licensed Registered Professional Engineer member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to Engineers and Geoscientists BC). 

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.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your license number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Engineer with Engineers & Geoscientists BC (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.

Cover letter required: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume required: YES – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.
Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. 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 accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category
Health Services
Additional Information

Job Profile – LSO DPE 3 – Drinking Water/Wastewater Eng – 67311





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