Canada nationals: Groundwater Protection Officer

British Columbia Public Service

Nanaimo, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

This position is also posted as a LSO2 under REQ 73438.
There is currently one (1) temporary opportunity in Nanaimo.
An eligibility list may be established for temporary opportunities in Nanaimo or Penticton.

Ensure water resources remain safe in B.C.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development is part of the BC Public Service & is responsible for land & resource management in BC. We ensure the sustainable management of forests, wildlife, water & other land-based resources & work with Indigenous & rural communities to strengthen & diversify economies. We support activities that provide environmental, economic, cultural & social benefits to all British Columbians.

As the Groundwater Protection Officer, you will work in a variety of settings, carrying out statutory responsibilities to promote and verify compliance with the Water Sustainability Act and Groundwater Protection Regulation. You will provide critical technical expertise on groundwater protection and management issues within a designated region.

Located on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo has parks such as Neck Point, Piper’s Lagoon and Sealand Park, perfect for 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. 

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 Standard 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 and experience as outlined below:

  • A Degree in a natural resource field (preferably geology, hydrogeology, environmental science or geological engineering) and 3 years water resource related experience; or
  • A Diploma in a natural resource field (preferably geology, hydrogeology, environmental science or geological engineering) and 5 years water resource related experience.  An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.
  • Experience in groundwater quality and quantity field data collection methods, including monitoring, testing techniques, and sampling from a well.
  • Experience working with relevant computer software, including spreadsheets, databases and mapping (GIS) programs.
  • Experience compiling, analysing and summarizing technical data preparing graphs, tables and calculating basic statistics, and writing technical reports and communications.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
    • Experience with groundwater well construction and use applications.
    • Experience conducting water investigations, including aquifer and well characterization, with experience in British Columbia being an asset.
    • Experience with interpreting and applying legislation and regulation, including but not limited to working with the Water Sustainability Act and other statutes that support natural resource management.


  • Valid B.C. driver’s licence.
  • Meets safety standards of Work Safe BC.
  • Ability to conduct field work which may include travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay and work in all weather conditions.

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. 

CRC – 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 – A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES – 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_Groundwater Protection Officer