Local recruitment: Water Policy Advisor

British Columbia Public Service

British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦

Job Summary

Water Policy Advisor
Policy Analyst – Science R27

This position can be performed from multiple communities and the location of the position is negotiable.
 An eligibility list may be established.

Get involved in BC’s water resource management sector and bring your policy and project management expertise and skills to this key position!
The Water Protection and Sustainability Branch oversees and exercises provincial leadership in the development of water science and evidence-based water strategies, plans, polices and legislation for the sustainable management and stewardship of BC’s water resources.  The work of the Branch guides the decision-making and regulatory actions of the provincial water program, including other natural resource ministries, agencies and programs.  Working collaboratively with BC ministries, other governments, industries, businesses, communities, universities (i.e., academia) and non-government organizations, the Branch directs provincial programs, services and investments to achieve BC’s social, economic and environmental outcomes related to water. 

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy supports the Government of British Columbia in its focus on building a true and lasting vision of reconciliation. The Ministry is committed to building and maintaining partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and the Water Protection and Sustainability Branch reflects this commitment in its collaboration with First Nations.

The Water Policy Advisor provides research, analysis, advice and support in the development and implementation of provincial water and natural resource sector policy, strategies, governance models for water, procedures, legislation, planning frameworks and non-regulatory and outreach tools to deliver on government priorities and to help achieve BC’s social, economic and environmental outcomes.  This role also provides policy advice to clients and supports training to help guide program, policy and legislative delivery to the natural resource sector. The Advisor draws on the strengths of analytical and conceptual thinking and problem solving while building relationships and strong teams to deliver on the priorities of agencies in the natural resource sector, health, local government and other ministries and programs

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, MĂ©tis, 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.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact [email protected] until August 13, 2021 and [email protected] thereafter. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to [email protected], before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

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

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:


  • Master’s degree in Natural Resources management, Environment, Sustainability, Public Administration, Public Policy, Law, Business Administration or other related field; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in the areas stated above and a minimum of 2 years of directly related experience.


  • Experience providing leadership and expertise in the development of policy. Preference may be given to applicants with this experience in the areas of water resource or natural resource management.
  • Experience leading teams focused on policy development or dealing with policy-related issues.
  • Experience researching, analyzing and evaluating complex regulatory, technical, program-related or broad cross sector issues and information to assess the impact of a policy and/or strategic plan on an organization. Preference may be given to applicants with this experience in the areas of water resource or natural resource management.
  • Experience establishing, building, and maintaining collaborative working relationships with Indigenous groups, internal managers and staff, external groups and/or other levels of government for the purposes of education, training, developing and/or implementing policy.
  • Experience producing complex and written documentation for senior decision-makers.

Willingness Statements:

  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • This position requires you to have a valid FULL BC driver’s license (minimum class 5), or an equivalent class driver’s license from another province or jurisdiction.

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 located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter: YES – 
A cover letter is required as part of your application.  The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (BASIC): YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

Job Category: Scientific and Technical

Additional Information: Job_Profile_79139