Canada nationals: Water Resources Technologist (Water Quality)

Yukon Government

Whitehorse, YT, CA

Job Summary and Requirements

This is a full-time 1-year term position;   temporary assignments will be considered.

Open to all candidates.  Preference will be given to qualified candidates of Aboriginal ancestry

The Department of Environment is a recognized leader and a trusted partner in environmental stewardship. Our actions support a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous Yukon. Within the Department, the Water Resources Branch is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the quality and quantity of the territory’s surface and groundwater resources.

As part of the Water Resources Branch’s operations team, the Water Resources Technologist – Water Quality is responsible for environmental monitoring, data collection and laboratory analyses for water quality studies across the territory. This includes long-term water quality trend monitoring, baseline water quality monitoring initiatives, water quality compliance inspections and reporting on investigations under applicable legislation, and conducting investigative water quality studies. The position provides ongoing water quality advisory and environmental assessment support on a variety of projects. This position also assists with hydrology and groundwater fieldwork.

For more information about this position, please contact: Nicole Novodvorsky, Operations Manager at Water Resources Branch at (867) 667-3233.

Essential Qualifications

Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications.  Please note selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your application.

  • A diploma or degree in chemistry, biology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, or related scientific or technical discipline;
  • Experience in water quality monitoring and ambient baseline monitoring;
  • Experience using software for the management, synthesis and analysis of water quality data (e.g. Microsoft Excel and Access, EQWin, Aquarius, R, etc.);
  • Experience conducting water quality investigations, and presenting information in reports;
  • Experience  supporting environmental assessment and regulatory matters (e.g. water licenses, quartz mine reviews, and land use planning) from a water quality perspective;
  • Experience planning and leading field trips to remote locations;
  • Analytical laboratory experience will be considered an asset;
  • Experience conducting hydrology and groundwater monitoring will be considered an asset.

Candidates who have education, training, and/or experience equivalent to the essential qualifications listed above will be equally considered.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

Candidates should have and may be assessed on:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with others.
  • Sound understanding of water quality science.
  • Ability to perform field sampling and on-site inspections.
  • Proficiency and/or aptitude to work with a variety of computer applications (e.g. data analysis, data management, and statistical applications).
  • Ability to interpret and present technical water data to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to plan, manage and implement work plans paying attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy, consistency and data quality.
  • Ability to manage changing priorities, problem solve, and improvise in the field.

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment: Valid Class 5 driver’s licence, medical clearance

Job Requirements: Field work in all weather conditions and remote areas, lifting of heavy objects, travel via ATVs, boats, snowmobiles, helicopters and small planes, entering of confined spaces, exposure to infectious agents found in water and exposure to hazardous chemicals.