Senior Engineer (Hydrology Field Programs Manager)

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BC Hydro
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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We’re BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.

Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.

We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.

It’s our vision is to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.



We seek a talented and motivated individual to fill the position of Hydrology Field Programs Manager.

The Hydrology Field Programs Manager position is based within the Hydrology group of the Generation System Operations department. The Hydrology group collects and manages meteorologic, climatic, hydrologic and generation data, and provides weather and inflow forecasts used to operate and plan the operation of BC Hydro reservoirs.

As an experienced professional with extensive hands–on experience with hydroclimate data collection and data management your responsibilities will include overseeing data collection by a group of partners, monitoring the health of the observing networks and infrastructure assets, improving network design by project managing the installation and deactivation of in-situ stations or adopting remote sensing techniques, researching and developing instrumentation, and developing and implementing procedures and standards for observational networks.

Specific Duties

  • 1. Oversee automated data collection and maintain software systems that acquire data telemetered via satellite, landline or cell phone. Assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of resilient, high-performance software systems that process telemetered hydroclimatic data. Provide necessary support for data management tasks from data collection to dissemination to end users. Trouble shoot issues related to remote monitoring sites, communications, and software related to the collection and archiving/dissemination of data to users.
  • 2. Provide logistical support to remote site maintenance activities including scheduling of visits, asset maintenance and capital programs.
  • 3. Understand the monitoring and appropriate data quality objectives. Survey data users and lead observing network design activities. Influence the team’s strategic directions; prepare plans, reports and technical papers.
  • 4. Support the implementation and delivery of quality management practices. Lead the quality assurance program, including the evaluation, development and maintenance of standard operating procedures, equipment drawings and training, and use associated databases and systems. Undertake site selection, inspection and evaluation of operational equipment and systems. Document the meteorological exposure and maintain associated records in asset information systems.
  • 5. Lead the design, development of new and improvement of existing instrumentation and equipment. Perform in-situ equipment support activities and assist the transition to new technologies and equipment that are suited to the harsh realities of their natural environment.
  • 6. Be the technical lead for developing and/or approving stage-discharge models.
  • 7. Coordinate internal and external resources required for the execution of projects. Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget. Assess and evaluate tenders and submit recommendations on the suitability of tenders.
  • 8. Provide communication about observing network changes to internal and external stakeholders and assist in maintaining associated databases and systems.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a resource management related field (eg., Hydrology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Forestry), and a minimum of 8 years related experience or a Master’s in a resource management related field (eg., Hydrology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Forestry), and a minimum of 6 years related experience.
  • Must be registered, or immediately eligible for registration, with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Fully developed technical knowledge of instrumentation, equipment and techniques for monitoring hydroclimate variables such as water level and discharge, snow depth and snow water equivalent, precipitation and air temperature.
  • Knowledge of relevant health, safety, land title, archeological and environment legislation, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing stage – discharge models.
  • Demonstrated experience using a time series software (eg., Kisters’ Wiski, Aquatic Informatics’
  • Aquarius)
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis programming (eg., Python, R, MATLAB)
  • Well –developed verbal and written communication, presentation and leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.


  • This is a temporary opportunity until approximately May 7, 2021.
  • The majority of the work is in an office environment however the ability to perform field work in challenging conditions is required.
  • Work will require limited travel throughout the Province of BC.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Driver's License: Class 5 in Good Standing.
  • Applicants who do not meet the full qualifications or those with lesser work experience may be considered for a lower level position.

Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by 24th November 2019.

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We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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