Local recruitment: Groundwater Technician

British Columbia Public Service

Nanaimo, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: STO 21R – Groundwater Technician

Position Classification: Scientific/Technical Off R21

Union: GEU

Work Options: Hybrid

Location: Nanaimo, BC V9T 6L8 CA (Primary)

Salary Range: $67,728.87 – $77,012.22 annually

Close Date: 11/29/2023

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date:

Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Water,Land,ResourceStewardship

Ministry Branch / Division: Coast Area/Regional Operations Division

Job Summary

Bring your commitment to excellence in resource management practices

The Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship is accountable for integrated land and natural resource management, including objective setting for land and marine environments, effectively managing cumulative effects, and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.

The Groundwater Technician operates the Provincial Observation Well Network in the West Coast Region and functions as a regional groundwater-monitoring expert (quality and quantity). . This position sits in the Water Protection Section, a team comprised of water specialists that covers a range of topics including groundwater science, hydrology, water protection, monitoring, flood hazard management, dike and dam safety. The position also works closely with the Groundwater Monitoring Specialist and others in the Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Branch within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a natural resource field (preferably geology, hydrogeology, environmental science or geological engineering) and one (1) year water resource related experience; or
  • Diploma in a natural resource field (preferably geology, hydrogeology, environmental science or geological engineering) and three (3) years water resource related experience; or
  • Minimum five (5) years directly related water resources experience if no relevant post-secondary education
  • Experience in groundwater quality and quantity data collection methods, including well construction, monitoring field methods, testing techniques, and sampling from a well.
  • Experience with datalogging software, spreadsheets, databases and GIS.
  • Experience preparing graphs, tables and calculating basic statistics.
  • Experience compiling, analysing and summarizing technical data.
  • Experience writing technical reports and communications.

Preference may be given to applicants who have experience in operating and maintaining observation wells and related equipment


  • Valid B.C. driver’s licence.
  • Meet safety standards of Work Safe BC.
  • Conduct field work which may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay and work in all weather conditions.

For questions regarding this position, please contact [email protected].

About this Position:
Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work up to two (2) days at home per week subject to an approved telework agreement.
An eligibility list may be established for future temporary or permanent vacancies. 
Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.

Working for the BC Public Service:
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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service can help Indigenous applicants (First Nations [status or non-status], Métis or Inuit) interested in BC Public Service job positions.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements list above.
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) – You will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. 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 how you obtained your relevant experience. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail [email protected], before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

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 at the bottom of the posting. 

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Category: Scientific and Technical

Additional Information:  Job Profile – STO 21R – Groundwater Technician





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