Canada nationals: Transboundary Water Quantity Specialist

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Date: Jul 14, 2021

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Transboundary Water Quantity Specialist 

Job Requisition ID: 13458

Ministry: Environment & Parks

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: July 28, 2021

Classification: Opted Out & Excluded Engineering & Related Level 2

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.

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As a Transboundary Water Specialist you are responsible for providing expert support to various surface water quantity and quality monitoring and reporting requirements of Alberta’s existing transboundary waters agreements, and support in the negotiation of the new bilateral agreements required under the Transboundary Waters Master Agreement of 1997.

The position requires understanding broad watersheds that extend outside of Alberta, and proposing creative representations/models of water quantity impacts.  Alberta’s transboundary water agreements include watersheds that cover one third the area of Canada.  The agreements incorporate over one hundred years of history, starting before Alberta was a province. The agreements include provisions for water quantity apportionment, water quality, groundwater, ecosystem health and flooding.

The Transboundary Water Specialist requires a unique blend of skill to gather water allocation/water use data and hydrometric data, to support the monitoring of current transboundary agreement commitments and the development of metrics to monitor new agreements. This requires working with internal specialists in several areas of the Department of Environment and Parks, and leading internal committees as required.

Challenges include differences in regulatory authority and water management legislation, differences in data systems and modelling platforms, facilitation of data sharing and collaboration, differences in expert opinions, complexity and diversity in climate and weather across geographic regions and across time, as well as complexity in level of development and sectors involved (e.g. agricultural, oil sands, hydro power).


University graduation (applied science) plus five (5) years progressively related experience in a hydrology, water management and/or hydro-technical field is required. A Master’s degree in a hydrology, water management and/or hydro-technical field is considered an asset.  Demonstrated experience with Government of Alberta water programs, policies or data; and experience in inter-jurisdictional agreements or environmental policy and planning disciplines is also preferred. 

Membership or eligibility for membership with APEGA is also required.

Equivalencies will be considered.

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.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

Below is a list of the APS Competencies to assist you:

CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING AND JUDGMENT – Abilities to analyze transboundary surface water quantity issues from a broad, multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional perspective, to maintain consistency within the legislative requirements, and to develop creative solutions to address emerging environmental transboundary issues.

DEVELOP NETWORKS – To identify opportunities, establish credibility toward common purposes, and build trust in relationships with peers within the Government of Alberta and from other jurisdictions.

SYSTEMS THINKING – Takes a long-term view towards organization’s objectives and how to achieve them, anticipant’s outcomes and potentials impacts, seeks stakeholder perspectives.

AGILITY  – Identifies and manage required changes and the associated risks, identifies alternative approaches and supports others to do the same.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS – Actively sets goal and remains open to advice on reaching them and suggests actions, asked for advice when lacking information or multiples priorities.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS – Collaborates across functional areas and proactively addresses conflict, encourage broad thinking on projects, and works to eliminate barriers to progress and facilitates communication and collaboration.


$3,007.16 to $4,163.64 bi-weekly ($78,486 – $108,671/year)


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

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, 36.25 hours per week.

Applicants are advised 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. 

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How To Apply

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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 Jane McEwen, TAS Administrator 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.