Watershed Scientist (Multiple Temporary Positions)

Government of Alberta
Calgary and Edmonton, AB, Canada
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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: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

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. 

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: http://aep.alberta.ca/

The Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the condition of Alberta's environment. We also assess the effectiveness of environmental policy, legislation and regulations, and address priority environmental information needs identified by internal and external stakeholders. Our activities are guided by advice from two independent bodies: a Science Advisory Panel and an Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel. The Division consists of four branches: Environmental Monitoring and Observations; Indigenous Knowledge, Community Monitoring, and Citizen Science; Integrated Environmental Analytics and Predictions; and Science.


EMSD is looking for Watershed Scientists who will be responsible for contributing to, and leading, provincial projects related to understanding the condition of Alberta's aquatic ecosystems. These positions will specifically focus on providing leadership on a number of key projects related to understanding the effect of anthropogenic activities on the transport, transformations and fate of key chemical constituents in Alberta's watersheds, including as part of the Oil Sands Monitoring program.

As a successful candidate, you will deliver watershed, regional and provincial scale evaluation and reporting projects in support of Alberta's core surface water monitoring program and/or the Oil Sands Monitoring program. You will provide expertise in identifying the link between land use changes and water quality in Alberta's watersheds using novel statistical and tracing techniques with a focus on the transport and fate of contaminants in response to anthropogenic activities. You will be responsible for delivering evaluation and reporting products, which ensure the Government of Alberta receives scientific, credible and relevant information needed to responsibly manage Alberta's river systems in the face of increasing pressure from industrial development, growing population, climate change and other pressures. 

You will contribute to all phases of watershed monitoring and research delivered by the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division, including:
-Design: Lead the development and continuous improvement of watershed research provincial monitoring programs that address major issues of concern to the Government of Alberta. 
-Plan: Complete multi-year research and monitoring plans to assess the response of Alberta's surface water resources to multiple stressors. 
-Deliver: Ensure the Division's monitoring and research projects are delivered in a safe and effective manner.
-Evaluate and Report: Complete scientifically credible environmental data evaluation and reporting that meet project plan commitments and legislated reporting requirements.

You will collaborate with staff in all four branches of the Division, and will oversee scientific work of Technologists in the Environmental Monitoring and Observations Branch who are responsible for field-based monitoring activities. You may contribute to external research teams, which may include professors at post-secondary institutions, graduate students, federal scientists and other scientists from external science organizations through their collaborations. 

About Your Work Environment 

In these roles, you will be working primarily in an office setting located in Edmonton or Calgary and will have frequent contact with ministry staff in regional offices, other government departments, and external stakeholders. Some travel will be required.


A PhD in aquatic geochemistry, sediment geochemistry, watershed hydrology or related field is required. The position requires a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral or equivalent work experience in the design and implementation of watershed science projects. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with established peers with a similar level of experience (for example, an Assistant Professor at Canadian academic institutions)

The position requires extensive knowledge of the following areas:
-Watershed, aquatic and ecosystem science. 
-Geochemical processes in river systems including the transport and fate of contaminants in response to hydroclimatic events and anthropogenic activities.
-Application of appropriate models or other means to predict local, regional, and cumulative impacts of a broad range of development and activities at play in Alberta.
-Alberta's surface water systems including key drivers of water quality with an emphasis on the relationship between land use/land cover changes and water quality in aquatic ecosystems.
-Advanced numerical analyses of large environmental data sets, including data from EMSD monitoring and/or research programs and relevant programs or studies performed by others in Alberta and elsewhere.
-New and emerging methods related to assessing the status of, and changes in, Alberta's surface water systems.
-Current and emerging provincial and national watershed issues.
The position requires the following skills and abilities:
-Demonstrated leadership skills, innovative and creative thinking, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills.
-Strong data analysis, modelling and interpretation skills.
-Strong scientific writing skills and project management planning skills. 
-Strong communication and interpersonal skills to develop and deliver understandable scientific information to key stakeholders, the scientific community, public audiences, and senior executives in government.
-Ability to work collaboratively at the group and individual level is required. 
-Must be self-motivated and take initiative to meet project deliverable timelines.
Equivalencies will be considered.


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. The links below will assist you with understanding competencies:http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=learning/apscompetencies/t... 


Agility - Ability to identify, anticipate, and analyze complex issues

Drive for Results - Ability to successfully manage multiple projects, meet timelines and work under pressure

Build Collaborative Environments - Ability to build and maintain effective and productive working relationships, including with Indigenous communities

Develop Networks - Strong communication and interpersonal skills to develop and deliver understandable scientific information to key stakeholders, the scientific community, public audiences, and senior executives in government

Systems Thinking - Ability to synthesize findings to identify risks, possible actions and where possible, solutions

Creative Problem Solving - Creative thinking may involve the identification of environmental thresholds in highly complex systems, and involvement in the design of integrated environmental monitoring programs


$2,963.75 to $3,904.80 bi-weekly ($77,353 to $101,915 annually)


These temporary positions for 3 years. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification (Scientific 2 and salary range $2,775.64 to $3,638.48 bi-weekly ($72,444 to $94,964 annually).

What we offer:
-Comprehensive benefits plan: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Employees/DocList122.cfm 
-Pension plan:https://www.pspp.ca/assets/pspp/files/documents/publications/pspp_member...
-Health Spending Account: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=benefits/healthspendingacc... 
-Leadership and mentorship programs
-Professional learning and development
-Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How to Apply

Online applications are preferred. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies. 
Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith,Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

To apply online, for first time users you will be required to create a Careers Account.https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx
Information regarding Alberta Public Service Jobs: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx 
Tips for applicants: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/staff/staff-resources/tips-for-applying-on-job...

Please address your cover letter to Human Resources. 

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Human Resources at 780-422-5887.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -http://work.alberta.ca/iqas It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile


Closing Statement

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, please contact Human Resources at 780-422-5887. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check https://alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.