Canada nationals: Water Quantity Monitoring Technologist

Government of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Are you passionate about the quality of Alberta's water? If so, the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) is looking for you! 

The Water Quantity Monitoring Technologist will provide their technical expertise in the field to collect and process water quantity, meteorology, lake level, snow survey, groundwater, and water quality data, all across North-Central Alberta and including projects related to the Oil Sands. All data collected is to national standards to use in the assessment and management of water resources, including critical flood, drought and emergency monitoring, compliance, scientific studies, public safety and watershed protection. 

This position will operate and maintain a network of real-time meteorological stations to help minimize the impacts of flood and drought, evaluate long-term climate trends, provide information for crop insurance programs, and for assessment of water supply. The data collected will be used to ensure Alberta's water is a safe and sustainable resource and to help maintain Alberta's groundwater resource. 

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills to work effectively with the public while in the field, this position is highly visible therefore people may raise many questions and concerns with various levels of knowledge and experience in this area. The ability to problem solve independently will be essential as troubleshooting may be required in remote areas. The ability to work independently (alone) and within a team as well as strong organizational skills is also essential for the successful candidate in this position. 

About Your Work Environment

This position will require you to work outside in adverse weather and road conditions. Long hours and/or weekend work may become necessary in the field at any time and therefore flexibility is essential. Fieldwork is performed in all ecological regions and in all seasons. Many of the duties are carried out in remote locations under adverse conditions.


A two-year technical diploma from a recognized technological institute in a related field plus a minimum of four years related experience* is required which must include the following: 

  • Knowledge and training in water monitoring systems 
  • An understanding of basic principles of hydrology
  • Sampling and data collection methods 
  • Experience with related equipment and instrumentation
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of computer programs, applications, databases and software such as Microsoft Office, MS Project Server, and WISKI

*suitable candidates with lesser qualification may be considered as under fill 

Assets you possess:

  • The ability and experience driving large trucks, hauling large specialized trailers and operating other specialized vehicles (e.g. ATV, Argo) 
  • Outdoor field experience, basic outdoor survival skills; ability to perform physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging work in all environmental conditions over extended periods; intermediate/advanced navigational skills (use of map and compass and/or basic GPS).
  • Proficiency with a variety of hand and power tools
  • Knowledge of standards and protocols set by Alberta Environment and other Agencies
  • Strong organizational and time management/prioritization skills, as there are numerous responsibilities and the need to adapt quickly to changing priorities.

Equivalencies will be considered. 

Note: A valid Class 5 driver's license is required to operate fleet vehicles as well as Argos, ATVs, boats, and snowmobiles. Our Monitoring staff occasionally travel in helicopters and as such, you must be comfortable with flights and heights.


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: 

Agility - Take a lead role in detecting data deficiencies and undertake corrective action to solve problems. 

Drive for Results - Sets goals and prioritizes work effectively; work is assigned to be completed in a fixed period of time and the successful candidate will determine how to complete the work and ongoing projects in that period of time. 

Develop Networks - Builds working relationships with various stakeholders to work effectively and courteously with the public, industry, agencies and within government.

Systems Thinking - The data collected and produced will serve multiple purposes and end users which will involve a wide range of perspectives; this position must consider the impacts and understand the connections between the outcomes of the data collected and what it will be used for. 

Creative Problem Solving - Sound judgement is required to deal with a wide variety of conditions at numerous sites; this position must determine the safest, most efficient method of obtaining samples or quantitative measurements to procure the best possible data.


$2,421.40 to $3,189.17 bi-weekly ($63,198 to $83,237 annually)


This is a three-year temporary employment opportunity. This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

Travel will be required, primarily in Central and Northern Alberta, although travel throughout Alberta in support of provincial networks may be necessary. The successful candidate may be required to operate a variety of vehicles, boats, and related equipment. 

What we offer:

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.

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Please address your cover letter to Human Resources.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Human Resources at 780-422-7757.

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) - It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile

Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities:

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.