Senior Hydrogeologist

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada 🇨🇦

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Second Language Evaluation (SLE) will be undertaken early in the selection process to confirm applicants’ language proficiency. More information can be found at If you have valid Second Language Evaluation (SLE) results, please provide a copy of your results.


The mandate of the Environmental Protection Operations Directorate (EPOD) of Environment and Climate Change Canada includes policy and program development and implementation in six core areas: environmental assessment, contaminated sites, environmental emergencies, marine programs, compliance promotion and environmental effects monitoring. National programs are delivered by staff located in six regions and 17 regional/satellite offices across Canada.

The position is the Senior Hydrogeologist within the Expert Support group in EPOD, and provides hydrogeological expertise, advice and recommendations for federal contaminated sites across Canada and to projects undergoing environmental assessment. The work will consist of in-the-office reviews of reports and documents with possible site visits a few times a year. The work is often conducted under tight timelines. The position does not involve any significant research or field work activities.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff one (1) indeterminate bilingual imperative (BBB/BBB) position. The position will be located in one of the following Environment and Climate Change Canada offices: Mount Pearl, Dartmouth, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Burlington, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Whitehorse or Vancouver. The final location decision may be based on the location closest to the successful applicant. A pool may be created to staff similar positions with various tenures within Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Candidates must clearly demonstrate IN THE JOB QUESTIONNAIRE how they meet ESSENTIAL education and experience criteria listed below. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the qualification is met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes may be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the job questionnaire. FAILURE TO CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE IN THE JOB QUESTIONNAIRE HOW YOU MEET THE SCREENING CRITERIA (Education, Experience) MAY RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION. CANDIDATES WHO ARE MISSING INFORMATION OR SUBMIT INCOMPLETE INFORMATION MAY BE SCREENED OUT.


ED1. Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in hydrogeology, geological sciences or some other science relevant to the position.

1.The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency


EX1. Experience in communicating complex technical information to a variety of audiences for the purpose of advancing understanding or supporting decision-making.

EX2. A minimum of 48 months of cumulative practical experience in geoscience relevant to the position.

EX3. Significant* experience in providing technical evaluation of the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater.

EX4. Significant* experience in the analysis, modelling, and interpretation of groundwater quality data.

*Significant is defined as experience normally gained over a minimum of three years in the last six years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Note: Asset Qualifications may be used for screening purposes.


AED1.Graduation with a Master’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field related to hydrogeology, geological sciences or some other science relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency


AEX1. Recent** experience in the provision of scientific or technical advice related to environmental laws, regulations or policies.
**Recent is defined as experience gained within the last 6 years

AEX2. Experience in evaluating technical documentation such as site investigation and reclamation plans, project plans and designs, environmental impact assessment reports, environmental effects monitoring studies, or adaptive management plans.

AEX3. Experience in characterization and remediation of contaminated sites.

AEX4. Experience in undertaking hydrogeological work in the natural resource extraction sector.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual – Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements


K1. Knowledge of the theories and principles of hydrogeology, contaminant transport in groundwater and the interaction between groundwater and surface water.

K2. Knowledge of site investigation techniques, pumping tests, drilling techniques, borehole design and groundwater sampling approaches.

K3. Knowledge of legislation, policies, guidelines or programs related to the management of contaminants in groundwater.


A1. Ability to analyze and synthesize scientific and technical information related to groundwater quality.

A2. Ability to effectively manage time.

A3. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

A4. Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Personal Suitability

PS1. Effective interpersonal relationships

PS2. Initiative

PS3. Judgement

PS4. Dependability

PS5. Thoroughness

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population we serve. In support of our Engagement Strategy to achieve employment equity goals, selection may be limited to candidates self-identifying as belonging to the following Employment Equity designated groups: Members of visible minorities, Persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, Women.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Willing and able to work extended hours on occasion.
Willing and able to travel in small aircraft and/or helicopters to sites where conditions may be difficult, sometimes in remote locations.
A valid driver’s licence is required.

Other information

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

A written examination may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

Asset qualifications could be used at the screening stage. Please ensure that your application and resume clearly indicates how you meet these qualifications.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will accept applications on-line only. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System.

Persons with disabilities that prevent them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

Achieving the pass mark is not a guarantee of appointment or to be called to a subsequent step of the process; management could use top-down or random selection approaches to manage the assessment process.

Acknowledge of receipt of application will not be sent. Successful applicants will be contacted when the screening process is complete.

To facilitate the administrative process, current employees of the Government of Canada should indicate their personal record identifier (PRI) and ensure that their employment status, substantive group and level, language results and security clearance are also included.

For this process, we find that email is the most efficient way to communicate with you. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). If you do not wish to receive results by email and if you change your email address during the process, it is your responsibility to inform us.

Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Andrew Green
[email protected]