Canada nationals: Authorizations Officer (Water)

British Columbia Public Service

Merritt, BC, CA

We currently have one temporary vacancy until May 28, 2021, which may become permanent.
This posting may be used to establish an eligibility list for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.
This posting is also posted as an LSO 2 under REQ 68853

A challenging and rewarding opportunity in water management is waiting for you

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has a mandate to manage specified Crown resources in a manner that embraces the economic, environmental and social goals of government. These results are all essential to improving the global competitiveness of BC industry and our ability to attract private investment and to stimulate economic growth and job creation across the province. As the Authorizations Specialist, you will work in a variety of settings and provide professional advice  regarding the allocation of the Provinces most sacred resources, water.

You enjoy researching, analyzing and evaluating information for the development of ground and surface water resources. Allocating water vested in the Crown in a way that ensures its best use and minimizing its effect on other values, you utilize your knowledge of resource management and superior negotiating abilities. Effective communication skills are necessary when liaising with other agencies, leading conflict resolution, and resolving disputes with diverse stakeholders over the use of water and other natural resources. If you are a motivated natural resource management specialist with the expertise and initiative to take on this important role, we look forward to your application.

Reporting to the Senior Authorizations Specialist – Water and working in a variety of settings, the Authorizations Officer – Water provides senior technical advice and may make decisions regarding the allocation of resources and adjudication of resource authorizations for the Natural Resource Sector.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development works collaboratively with ministries involved in the management of natural resources to coordinate people and resources to provide exceptional service to the public. The ministry assists clients through its FrontCounter BC service counters, which simplifies the process for citizens and natural resource businesses who are seeking information or authorizations to utilize crown natural resources.

The Merritt office is a fast paced and a collaborative team environment. Interested applicants must bring a strong concern for order, excellent communication skills and the ability to identify and understand complex issues while providing excellent service to the public and colleagues alike.

Merritt’s rolling hills, sparkling lakes and over 2,000 hours of sunshine every year is a haven for four-season outdoor recreation.  Nearby Nicola Lake also offering a myriad of options for water activities.  There is three season usage of endless trail systems for renowned mountain biking and hiking.  Winter brings opportunities for activities such as Backcountry and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and even curling.

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 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 Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

Education & Experience:

  • Degree in natural resource management or related field, and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a resource management related field OR a Diploma in natural resource management or related field, and five (5) years of experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • Experience in consulting, negotiating and resolving conflicts with stakeholders in natural resource management.
  • Experience performing technical duties and working with the Water Sustainability Act or Water Act.
  • Experience in hydrologic principles, concepts, and analytical techniques.

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 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
Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical
Additional Information

68625_STO24_Authorizations Officer – Water





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