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BC Public Service

STO 21R - Water Quality Monitoring Specialist

Full Time
5 days ago
67,728 to 77,012 per year
Posting Title
STO 21R - Water Quality Monitoring Specialist

Position Classification
Scientific/Technical Off R21


Work Options

Kamloops, BC V2H 1B7 CA
Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 CA
Williams Lake, BC V2G 5M1 CA

Salary Range
$67,728.87 - $77,012.22 annually, plus $36.53 bi-weekly isolation allowance for Smithers

Close Date

Job Type
Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date

BC Public Service -> Env & Climate Change Strategy

Ministry Branch / Division
Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Branch

Job Summary

Bring your strong analytical and technical skills to this dynamic opportunity

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 Environment and Climate Monitoring Section reflects this commitment in its collaboration with First Nations.

The Environment and Climate Monitoring Section is responsible for the delivery of provincial air, groundwater, snow and water quality monitoring networks. The section directs monitoring equipment procurement and installation, data collection and management activities, quality assurance procedures, and reporting of air water quality trends. The section also delivers the provincial hydrology program and standards. Through sharing of environmental information and analyses, the section helps shape ministry policy, standards development and implementation and associated effectiveness monitoring approaches.

The Water Quality Monitoring Specialist coordinates Provincial Ambient Surface Water Quality Programs by providing expertise, operational support, technical services and guidance to government management and staff, contractors, volunteers, and other clients/stakeholders. With the Water Sustainability Act as regulatory background, and adhering to Ambient Water Quality Guidelines, the position provides technical advisory services and specialist advice in areas of water quality testing, data collection and analysis, data Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC); and the preparation and distribution of reports and other related information to a variety of recipients.

Job Requirements:

• Undergraduate degree or higher in water resource management, biology, physical or environmental science, or other relevant natural resource management field AND 1 year of directly related experience*; OR
• A recognized diploma in one of the above fields, AND 2 years of directly related experience*, OR
• An equivalent combination of education and related experience* may be considered.

*Related experience includes the following:
• Experience planning and carrying out water resource monitoring activities and reporting on fresh surface water quality conditions.
• Experience conducting scientific or technical data collection and analysis, ideally related to fresh surface water quality, as well as using field-deployed collection and monitoring equipment (e.g., data loggers).
• Experience providing professional, technical or scientific expertise, advice and recommendations to senior management, external stakeholders and to others with respect to fresh surface water quality issues.
• Experience conducting technical tasks and preparing technical documents (e.g., technical reports, statistical analyses, project plans, briefing materials, etc.).
• Experience communicating/interacting with public (e.g., public meeting presentations, sitting on advisory committees, training/auditing volunteer/lay samplers).

Preference may be given to candidates with 1 of more of the following:
• Limnological field sampling experience, including water quality and plankton sample collection from shallow and deep lakes.
• Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) field certification and experience conducting biomonitoring.
• Experience with small/medium motor-boat operations (12 - 22' boat sizes), trailer hauling and boat maintenance.
• Standard and valid first-aid certificate.
• Pleasure craft operator certificate.

For questions regarding this position, please contact .

About this Position:

Currently there is 1 permanent opportunity available.
This position can be worked from the following communities: Kamloops, Smithers, or Williams Lake
An eligibility list may be established for future temporary and/or permanent opportunities.
This position has on-site field requirements.
The recruitment process for this competition may take place virtually.
Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.
Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work up to 3 days at home per week as per the Telework Agreement.

Working for the BC Public Service:

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 guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact or 778-405-3452.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer .

How to Apply:

Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) - You will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. 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 how you obtained your relevant experience. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:

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 located at the bottom of the posting.

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

Job Category
Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical