Canada nationals: Regional Hydrologist

Government of British Columbia

Kamloops, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Penticton, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Regional Hydrologist
Licensed Science Officer (Other) 3

This position can be located in either Kamloops or Penticton, BC.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future, similar temporary and permanent vacancies in Kamloops and Penticton.
Confirmation of the following certification/membership is required at the time of a job offer following this competition: Registered Professional Forester with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals; or,
Professional Engineer/Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia; or, Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

Bring your commitment to excellence in water management practices

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has the primary responsibility for managing BC’s water resource, including authorizations, water rights management, dam safety, groundwater protection, drought planning and response, flood hazard management, and monitoring and forecasting. Regional Operations staff deliver front line services across the province, while the Water Management Branch in Victoria coordinates provincial-scale programs and services.

The Provincial Water Program is a diverse group of environmental professionals who help support and make informed decisions with evidence-based policy and sound science. Program staff collaborate with internal and external partners to help ensure provincial water management is effective and sustainable. The Regional Hydrologist is responsible for providing recommendations and making decisions on water authorizations and is a professional advisor in the field of hydrology that may specialize in source water or ecosystems.

A career with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development offers an exceptional opportunity to undertake a variety of challenging and rewarding roles, while supporting a healthy work/life balance. Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you:

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.

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.

Kamloops and Penticton are an outdoor enthusiast’s year-round playground! Nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley and surrounded by lakes, water-based activities are very popular, such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and tubing. Snowmobiling, ice-fishing and cross-country & downhill skiing are popular activities when winter’s snow covers the landscape.

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. On top of 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:

  • Degree in a related field (e.g., Geology, Engineering, Physical Geography, Earth Science, Applied Science or Environmental Science), or equivalent as accepted by the appropriate BC professional association.
  • Registered, or immediately eligible for registration (within 6 months of employment), with the applicable professional association, i.e.: Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of BC (APEGBC), BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA).
  • Experience in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, applied water resources, resource management and planning, with specific experience in field and stream based assessments.
  • Experience interpreting and analyzing maps and data related to water and resource management.
  • Experience working cooperatively with agencies, other levels of government and the public.
  • Experience coordinating and participating in interdisciplinary projects.
  • Experience conducting water investigations, including watershed and hydrological assessments and water monitoring.
  • Experience analysing and interpreting hydrological data and producing technical reports.

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

  • Specific experience in stream, river and lake hydraulics and assessing the potential impacts to resource values from development proposals and activities.
  • Specific experience in source water protection and assessments, and the potential impacts that could occur from resource development proposals and activities.
  • Specific experience in riparian ecosystem and fish habitat, restoration strategies and methodology, and the potential impacts that could occur from development proposals and activities.


  • Must have a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence (or equivalent).
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

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.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application.
 You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals; OR, a Professional Engineer/Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of BC (APEGBC); OR, a Professional Agrologist with the BC Institute of Agrologists. 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 the appropriate BC association (ABCFP, APEGBC, BCIA). 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.

Job CategoryLeadership and Management, Natural Resource Sector, Policy, Research and Economics, Scientific and Technical

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