Canada nationals: Research Hydrologist

British Columbia Public Service

Various, BC, CA

This position is located in Kamloops or Penticton, B.C.
This position is also posted as a Scientific/Technical Officer R27 under REQ 69819.
An eligibility list may be established.

Make a difference in this rewarding career opportunity

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is responsible for stewardship of the province’s Crown land and natural resources. Overseeing a land base of 94.8 million hectares, the Ministry makes, supports and advises on stewardship decisions for BC’s land and resources, and delivers services to provide environmental, economic, cultural and social benefits for all British Columbians.

The Research Hydrologist is the scientific advisor in the field of watershed management, who conducts applied research to support science-based decision-making and provides expert professional advice in the field of hydrology.

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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.

Job Requirements:
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:

  • A thesis-based Master’s degree and/or Ph.D. specializing in hydrology or water resource sciences.
  • Registration or immediately eligible for registration as a Professional Geoscientist or Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia), or a Registered Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals or a Professional Agrologist with the BC Institute of Agrologists.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, planning and implementing research projects, including directing your own and other’s scientific work to achieve research objectives.
  • Experience producing technical reports and research publications.
  • Operational experience in applying hydrological analysis to natural resource management.

Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:

  • Experience extending research results to support operational and natural resource management problems.
  • Experience with various hydrological analysis techniques including hydrological study design, hydrometric instrumentation, hydrological statistics, remote sensing technologies (e.g. LiDAR, UAVs), GIS analysis and hydrological modelling.
  • Professional experience in forest hydrology, watershed risk assessment and the effects of forest disturbance and climate change on hydrological processes.


  • Must have a valid driver’s licence.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in remote areas and in a variety of conditions.
  • Willingness to fly in planes and helicopters.
  • Must hold, or be willing to obtain Level 1 First Aid Certification.
  • Must hold, or be willing to obtain ATV Operator and Snow Machine Operator certifications.
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service which may include a Criminal records check, and/or Criminal records Review Act (CCRA) check and/or enhanced 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.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration within 6 months of employment) as a Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP); OR, a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA); OR, a Professional Engineer/Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and 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 the appropriate BC association (ABCFP, BCIA, EGBC). Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made. If you do not meet this requirement, apply to the Scientific Technical Officer 27R opportunity via Requisition 69819.

Cover Letter: 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, Trades and Operational
Additional Information

Job Profile_Research Hydrologist