Canada nationals: Surface Water Specialist

Ontario Government
Toronto, ON, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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If you are looking for a unique opportunity to showcase your skills in surface water resource management, consider the valuable contribution you can make as an expert on surface water quality and/or quantity for the region.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role you will:

• provide expertise in surface water quality and/or quantity in support of ministry water programs including the review and issuance of Permits to Take Water
• make recommendations and decisions to protect, conserve, and manage surface water resources
• act as a project expert on permit to take water issues
• evaluate hydrological and ecological impacts of proposed and existing activities
• develop and implement field investigations to support ministry water resource management programs and provide advice to clients
• assist in the coordination of permit to take water application assessments/reviews
• contribute to the identification, development, and implementation of permissions program improvements and efficiencies

How do I qualify?


• You have a degree with specialization in disciplines such as Hydrology, Biology, Chemistry, or Water Resources.
• You must have a valid class 'G' driver's licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that s/he has a valid driver's licence upon being hired.

Environmental and technical knowledge:

• You have experience applying the principles of surface water management, limnology and water quality assessment techniques and environmental management theories, principles, and practices.
• You know how to conduct field investigations and operate surface water equipment.
• You know hydrological, chemical, and/or biological methods and techniques with specialization in water resource management and ecology.
• You have a demonstrated ability to understand and apply applicable policies, procedures and legislation related to environment protection (e.g. Environmental Protection Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, O.Reg 387/04, Environmental Bill of Rights).

Analytical skills:

• You have excellent research and investigative skills to collect data during field studies and determine compliance.
• You are highly analytical and have the ability to break down, assess, and interpret complex scientific data.
• You know how to identify and evaluate problems to develop effective solutions.

Communication and interpersonal skills:

• You can communicate technical information in a clear manner.
• You know how to draft a variety of written materials such as scientific reports, briefing notes, correspondence, etc.
• You work well with others and are able to persuade and influence diverse interests.
• You will coordinate with regional offices to deliver the Permit to Take Water program permissions.

Project management skills:

• You have proven skills in project management.
• You can lead discussions involving conflicting approaches or opinions to develop consensus.

Computer proficiency:

• You can use computers to conduct mathematical modeling of natural systems and use a variety of other software (e.g. word processing, spread sheets, database).

Additional Information:


  • 1 Permanent, 135 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Toronto Region

Compensation Group:

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

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Posted on:

Friday, October 2, 2020


  • N-ET-155095/20

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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.


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Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19, 2020 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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