Canada nationals: Hydrotechnical Engineer

British Columbia Public Service

Various, BC, CA

Job Summary

Hydrotechnical Engineer
Licensed Science Officer (Designated Professional Engineer) 3

This position may be located in any Emergency Management BC office: Saanichton, Surrey, Prince George, Kamloops, Terrace, Nelson.
An eligibility list may be established.

An excellent senior opportunity for a dedicated professional to support communities to increase resilience to natural disasters and adapt to a changing climate

Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) is the lead coordinating agency in the provincial government for all emergency management activities. As such, EMBC’s mission is to be responsible to British Columbians for leading the management of provincial level emergencies and disasters and supporting other authorities within their areas of jurisdiction. EMBC works directly with local authorities, First Nations, provincial ministries and agencies, federal departments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), industry and volunteers in all hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

The Hydrotechnical Engineer provides technical guidance for all phases of EMBC’s mitigation and funding programs and applies professional advisory expertise regarding disaster risk reduction, including risk assessments, hazard modelling and risk mapping, mitigation planning, and structural/natural/non-structural mitigation measures. Activities primarily focus on flood hazards (including coastal, riverine, steep creek and urban settings), but also provide general support for risk reduction from all natural hazards (including geohazards, avalanche, seismic, wildfire). It also provides a key interface in applying technical knowledge of climate change modelling, preparedness and adaptation best practices to disaster mitigation projects and programs supported by the Province.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: [email protected] or by phone: 778-698-1336.

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 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, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Management, Applied Science, Science, Resource Management or Natural Sciences, a related professional field or equivalent with a minimum 3 years of recent *related experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Management, Applied Science, Science, Resource Management or Natural Sciences, a related professional field or equivalent with a minimum of 5 years of recent *related experience;
  • Registered membership in good standing or *immediately eligibility for registration, as a fully licensed professional with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.
    NOTE: *Immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable Canadian jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the British Columbia professional association as required by the specialty area. Confirmation of registration / eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

* Related experience must include:

  • Progressive and varied experience in hydrotechnical applications and flood hazard management, including some or all of the following: flood risk assessment, hydraulic/hydrometric modelling, fluvial geomorphology, flood hazard and risk mapping, structural/natural flood mitigation engineering and non-structural mitigation practices.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships with stakeholders (such as clients, Indigenous communities, NGO’s or federal, provincial or local government).
  • Experience resolving complex problems that involve adaptation or deviation from existing policy.
  • Experience analyzing complex information from multiple sources and making recommendations for new directions or policies, and preparing briefing documents, high level reports and decision notes.

Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • Experience in more than one area of natural hazard management (flooding, steep creek processes, geohazards, avalanche, seismic, wildfire, etc.).
  • Experience in policy development and/or implementation in a government, First Nation or corporate setting.
  • Experience in interpreting and applying a climate change/adaptation lens to technical and policy work.
  • Experience in Emergency Management (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery).

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. 

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Engineer with Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC). Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as currently registered as a Professional Engineer in another Canadian jurisdiction, and able to obtain registration in BC within 6 months of employment. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the EGBC. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

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, Trades and Operational
Additional Information

Job Profile_Hydrotechnical Engineer





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