Canada nationals: Water Policy Advisor

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, CA

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources. For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at:


Are you motivated to help deliver the province’s water policy priorities in a challenging and exciting setting? This 12 month mid-level professional position coordinates the development of robust and integrated water policy across the Government of Alberta. The position works across the department, the government of Alberta, other governments, and stakeholder organizations in the development and evaluation of water policy through the various dimensions of the policy cycle, including research, design, control, evaluation and education. The position considers the broad strategic direction and priorities of the department, the government of Alberta, and other levels of government, with respect to social, economic and environmental outcomes that impact aquatic ecosystems from an integrated water quantity and water quality perspective. 

In this position you will:
•    Develop and implement policy solutions that consider various aspects of the surface water/groundwater/wetlands environment, as well as linkages to terrestrial systems and climate change; balance environmental, economic and social considerations; and consider a broad range of stakeholder and other ministry perspectives.
•    Determine the most effective ways to engage and solicit feedback from internal, cross ministry and external stakeholders to inform policy development, while considering format, timing and current affairs.
•    Prepare briefings for various levels of executive management and government officials, outlining stakeholder perspectives, policy analysis, options and recommendations.
•    Respond to inquiries and concerns from stakeholders and the general public regarding water policy and management issues, through direct verbal/written communication or drafting of correspondence for government representatives.


•    A University degree in environmental studies/sciences, environmental management, or environmental policy, with a strong focus on one or more areas of water management, public policy, hydrology or a related field, combined with a minimum of two years related experience.

•    Experience developing policy or regulation in a government setting
•    Experience developing decision and communication documents (e.g. briefing notes, Ministerial Reports)
•    Sound understanding of policy and management practices to protect and manage water and wetland resources.
•    Sound knowledge and understanding of Alberta’s relevant legislation, regulation and policies, including the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Water Act, and the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. 
•    Good understanding of wetland management issues and/or water adaptation/resiliency approaches to address climate change challenges. 
•    Strong writing, communication and strategic thinking skills.

Applicants are required to provide a cover letter summarizing information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

•    Agility – adjust policy direction based on evolving government direction and stakeholder feedback.
•    Develop Networks – work with other business areas across the department and other ministries to develop integrated environmental policies.
•    Systems Thinking – consider social and economic implications of environmental policy options.
•    Creative Problem Solving – consider various ways to engage stakeholders in order to receive optimal feedback.


$2,613.91  to $3,428.61  bi-weekly ($68,223 to $89,486 annually)


This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary. 

Hours of work:
7.25 hours per day / 36.25 hours per week 

Term of Employment:
This is a fulltime, temporary position for up to 12 months

Edmonton, Alberta  – Oxbridge Place Building

Applicants are required to provide a cover letter summarizing information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

Candidates who are selected for interviews will be required to complete a written assignment as part of their interview.

What we offer:
•    Comprehensive benefits plan:  
•    Pension plan: 
•    Leadership and mentorship programs
•    Professional learning and development
•    Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How To Apply

Click on the “Apply  Now” button.  

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system. 

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign  In’ should you already have an account. 

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant. 

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Tips for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Yulia Bulakh at [email protected]

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.





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