Canada nationals: Hydrogeologist

British Columbia Public Service

Various, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

This position can be based out of the following Ministry Office locations, subject to operational requirements and space availability at time of offer: Cranbrook, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Prince George, Smithers, Surrey, Victoria, Williams Lake.
An eligibility list may be established for future, similar temporary and permanent opportunities.
Confirmation of the following certification/membership is required at the time of a job offer following this competition:
Professional Engineer or Geoscientist registered with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (EGBC).
Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification.

Take the next step in a rewarding career applying your technical expertise in Environmental Protection

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of BC’s water, land, air and living resources. The Ministry mitigates and manages the risks and consequences from climate change, including developing plans to set and meet carbon pollution reduction targets. It also oversees provincial government assessment. Staff expertise in policy, science, research and analysis are central to supporting all Ministry responsibilities. Ministry legislation, regulation and public outreach activities ensure a safe and healthy environment for British Columbians, while supporting a strong, sustainable economy.

The Ministry’s Environmental Protection Division works to protect human and environmental health. The Division’s main goals are to improve air quality; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve surface and ground water quality, including drinking water sources; re-develop a provincial plan for reducing and removing toxins and waste that contaminate the land, air and water – and for responding to high-risk environmental emergencies; and, enhance environmental stewardship, shared with other stakeholders.

The Hydrogeologist functions as the provincial expert in the field of hydrogeology and provides senior environmental protection services as part of a multi-disciplinary team serving the province, to meet the service plan objectives of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). This position also supports the Environmental Assessment Office and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation for hydrogeological expertise related to proposed and active mining projects.

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. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your resume and applying for jobs, are available at the following link: Your Job Application. If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to [email protected]before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

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.

With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, great learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development options. In addition to the base salary, regular, full time Professional Employee Association members are also entitled to an allowance to cover professional fees, 7% allowance in lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby (taken as time or money), have a 35 hour work week, and start off with 4 weeks of annual paid vacation. Come, be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please visit What the BC Public Service Offers.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:


  • Master’s degree in Hydrogeology, Physical Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Engineering, Forestry, Environmental Science, Resource Management, or other related discipline, and 3 years’ work related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Hydrogeology, Physical Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Engineering, Forestry, Environmental Science, Resource Management, or other related discipline, and 5 years’ work related experience; OR,
  • Other equivalent combinations of education, work related experience and training may be considered.

Specialized Training:

  • Specialized training in watershed hydrology, watershed modelling, numerical and conceptual groundwater modelling, geomorphology, forest hydrology, engineering hydrology, contaminant transport in groundwater, resource management and planning, or equivalent.

Professional Association:

  • Registered, or immediately eligible for registration, as a fully licensed Professional Engineer or Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia. Note: immediately eligible is defined as being a currently registered professional member in good standing with the association of your specialty area in an applicable jurisdiction, and can immediately transfer that membership to the BC association.

Work related experience must include at least one year of the following:

  • Reviewing major development proposals submitted under the Environmental Assessment Act, Mines Act, and/or Environmental Management Act in British Columbia; AND/OR,
  • Conducting groundwater investigations, including watershed and hydrogeological assessments, groundwater monitoring and numerical groundwater modelling, with preferably some experience in the complex physical settings in British Columbia.

Other work related experience may include one or more of the following:

  • Environmental engineering and/or waste management as it relates to treatment of wastes and effects on the environment.
  • Solving complex technical problems related to groundwater.
  • Developing guidelines, standards and policy for groundwater protection.
  • Leading or coordinating interdisciplinary projects in the field of hydrogeology or equivalent.
  • Producing technical reports in the field of hydrogeology or equivalent.
  • Interpreting and analyzing maps and data in the field of hydrogeology or equivalent.
  • Working cooperatively with agencies, other levels of government, and the public in the field of hydrogeology or equivalent.

Preference may be given for one or more of the following:

  • Experience working for, or with, a regulatory agency responsible for environmental protection.
  • Experience working in the mining sector.

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.
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/Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (EGBC).

Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with 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 job titles, start and end dates (month and year) and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, 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 listed in the job profile. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Note: for long or essay style questionnaires, we recommend saving frequently while completing it. You can also copy the questions into another document, complete it offline, then log back in and copy/paste your responses when you are ready to submit your application.

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 job related responsibilities, accountabilities and accomplishments. Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your resume may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

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