Canada nationals: Hydrologist

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Sault Ste Marie, ON, CA

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry seeks a professional to provide technical, scientific, methodological and strategic direction and guidance on enhanced hydrological flow assessment and modelling tools.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The hydrologist will provide hydrological expertise to the production of a literature synthesis describing the carbon balance of different wetland types and land use designations. The data will be reported as potential carbon offset values and restoration opportunities to apply wetland offsets at site and watershed scales. The duties and responsibility of the hydrologist position include:

1. Synthesize the peer-reviewed and grey literature: (1) to describe the primary hydrological controls on wetland carbon gains and losses within and among watersheds, (2) to describe how hydrological models can be used to evaluate watershed carbon offsets for large (i.e., forest region) and small (headwater) landscapes, (3) to rank the hydrological models as to how effectively they incorporate carbon offsets, and (4) to summarize the findings in a format suitable for inclusion in a peer-reviewed journal manuscript.
2. Maintain liaison with broader hydrology community across MNRF and other provincial ministries, federal government, and academia to help ensure optimized geospatial hydrology model implementation supports the widest possible range of provincial obligations (such as the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS 2005), Clean Water Act (2006), The Far North Act, and others).
3. Provide scientific advice and data suitability for optimal digital geospatial implementation (including web implementation) of the tested hydrology models.

How do I qualify?

Hydrological knowledge and water resource management:

• You have sound knowledge of water resource management and ecological and hydrologic concepts, principles, management practices and planning approaches to develop effective strategies, policies, guidelines and legislation.
• You have applied knowledge of hydrology time series analysis including flow duration curve analysis, base flow separation methods, appropriate infilling methods, calculation of flood/low/mean annual frequency flows and the linkage of these to spatial databases.
• You have detailed knowledge of regional hydrologic scientific models including boundary conditions, geographic limitations, expected inputs, ranges of expected values, strengths and weaknesses, and the linkage of these to spatial databases.

Technical expertise:

• You have demonstrated knowledge of social, economic, environmental and political trends, and environmental scanning techniques to contribute to the development of effective strategies, policies, guidelines and legislation.
• You have knowledge of remote sensing and geographical information system tools to map wetland types most at risk to hydrological changes and their effects on carbon reporting and offset protocols.

Computer proficiency:

• You have effective geospatial computer skills to manage computer based hydrology models and analytical techniques, including GIS and RDBMS scripting skills, with emphasis on hydrology and time series applications to be able to evaluate the models from raw data sets.
• You are proficient with common office productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and project management tools.

Communication and interpersonal skills:

• You have communication and interpersonal skills (e.g. judgment, tact and diplomacy) to explain, present and exchange information.
• You have written communication skills to prepare summaries of research and findings, and develop reports and briefing materials.
• You have the ability to work cooperatively in team environment.

Analytical and evaluation skills:

• You have strong analytical, evaluation, problem solving, research and mathematical skills to gather, review and evaluate models/analytical techniques, and to review policy options and to make water resource management decisions that affect provincial waters, adjacent lands and users.

Project management:

• You have knowledge of project management processes to ensure project deliverables are completed on time, within budget and to required specifications.
• You have knowledge of quality control and quality assurance principles and practices to ensure high-quality deliverables.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 6 months, 1235 Queen St E, Sault Ste Marie, North Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Lands and Resources
Posted on:
Friday, August 7, 2020
  • N-NR-152393/20

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
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Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, August 21, 2020 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

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