Local recruitment: Surface Water Specialist

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Date: Aug 11, 2021

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Surface Water Specialist 

Job Requisition ID: 14171

Ministry: Environment & Parks

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary (10 months)

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: August 25, 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: 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. Albert’s parks inspire people to discover, value, protect and enjoy the natual world and the benefits it provides for current and future generations.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-parks.aspx


Alberta Environment and Parks is looking for a Surface Water Specialist to join their team!

Reporting to the Science Team lead, the Surface Water Specialist ensures all surface water-related planning and assessment initiatives undertaken under the Land-Use Framework (LUF) are based on sound science. You will lead, coordinate and provide scientific input to these initiatives, drawing from expertise across the Integrated Resource Management System (IRMS), while additionally supporting the development and use of assessment tools and models to further scientific understanding and inform decision-making processes. You must be able to think about the “Big-Picture” on a regular basis!

In this role, you will demonstrate systems thinking to provide scientific expertise in the assessment of cumulative impacts to surface water and the building of a provincial cumulative effects management system. You will use strong creative problem solving skills to ensure surface water management frameworks and related tools are rigorously developed, effectively implemented and regularly evaluated for continuous improvement. You will build a collaborative environment to support this work, as well as other department priorities and the transformation of regulatory processes in Alberta.

To be successful in the position, you are required to develop and deliver both individual and collaborative work plans, with the ability and agility to deliver timely service to the public. Strong interpersonal, verbal, written, and visual communication skills are key to this role, including a proven ability to develop networks and communicate complex and technical concepts in a concise and understandable manner to a variety of audiences. Strong research and analytical skills as well as the ability to provide innovative ideas, problem solving and manage projects is essential.


A Master’s degree in environmental biology, limnology, hydrology, environmental engineering or a related field, supplemented with four years related experience in water resource management and/or other water related environmental topics is required. Practical experience in designing, implementing and evaluating surface water quality or quantity studies and/or management systems is also required.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the use of common statistical methods for analyzing surface water data and relevant coding languages (e.g. R-code) is an asset.  Experience with common surface water modelling software (e.g. MIKE 11, SWAT) is also preferred.

Candidates must be eligible for membership with APEGA or other relevant professional associations.

Knowledge and experience with cumulative effects assessment and management and regional surface water quality and surface water quantity management frameworks in Alberta is considered an asset, as is experience with the application of the Water Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, associated regulations and codes of practice, and related Provincial and Federal standards and guidelines.

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: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf

SYSTEMS THINKING – In this position, you must be able to consider the complete picture, understanding the implications of each decision for the broader system. 

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING – You must have the ability to process all available options and problem solve to reach decisions when little guidelines and standards are present.

AGILITY – Agility is needed in this role to adapt to changing priorities while anticipating and assessing all tasks and adapting as needed.

DEVELOP NETWORKS – In this role you must build trust in your relationships with various internal and external stakeholders.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS – You must be able to effectively lead and foster a collaborative environment for people to work together to reach desired outcomes.


$3,007.16 to $4,163.64 bi-weekly ($78,186 to $108,254 annually).


This is a temporary full time position with an expected duration of 10 months.

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. 

What we offer:

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system.

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account.

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx

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. 

Resources for applicants:

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) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Tips for Applicants: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-hiring-process.aspx

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, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, 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 http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.