Canada nationals: Senior Regional Specialist (Dam Safety)

British Columbia Public Service

Nanaimo, BC, CA

An excellent senior opportunity for a dedicated professional

Consistent with the vision of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development — Trusted stewardship of provincial land and resources that reflects the diverse values and interests of all British Columbians, Regional Operations leads the sustainable management of the province’s natural resources.  Water is one of those resources.

The Provincial Dam Safety Program operates under a distributed organizational model with staff in Water Management Branch, Resource Stewardship Division and each of the three regional Areas (Coast, North and South) reporting through their own organizational structures while working as a team to meet ministry and dam safety program objectives.  Staff in this program have regulatory oversight of approximately 1900 dams across the province, many of which are high profile, high risk and high cost.  The program is coordinated through the Water Management Branch with both Victoria and regional dam safety staff having program accountabilities.

Working in a regional operations setting, this position provides specialist professional services in dam safety for an entire region or area focusing on a combination of investigative, extension and regulatory functions for a portfolio of up to 500 dams, generally <9m in height.  This position exercises the powers and authorities of both an Assistant Water Manager and a Dam Safety Officer under the Water Sustainability Act, Dam Safety Regulation and provides leadership, support, research and professional expertise and judgment in the field of dam safety for their region, other staff in the Provincial Dam Safety Program and for the Ministry.

Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo has parks such as Neck Point, Piper’s Lagoon and Sealand Park, perfect for camping, hiking and exploring. Mt. Washington, the island’s most popular ski hill, has year-round activities such as hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and skiing.

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.

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.

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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 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 and experience outlined below:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science with specialization in earth sciences, hydrology, hydraulics or related subject areas; OR
  • Master’s degree in a related field as described above; OR
  • Post-secondary technical diploma in civil or geotechnical engineering; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training; AND
  • Demonstrated, progressive and varied experience related to water resource management in British Columbia.
  • Experience providing professional expertise, advice and recommendations to other professionals, senior management, dam owners and the public particularly with respect to dam safety.
  • Experience with critical review of licensed professional reports, plans, drawings, and project proposals.
  • Experience in contract management of engineering works including enforcing contract specifications and dealing directly with construction contractors is preferred.

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

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

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
Scientific and Technical
Additional Information

Job Profile STO-RE 27R – Senior Regional Specialist, Dam Safety