Canada nationals: Senior Water Resource Specialist

British Columbia Public Service
Victoria, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The vision of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is, “Trusted stewardship of provincial land and resources that reflects the diverse values and interests of all British Columbians.” The Resource Stewardship Division leads the sustainable management of the province’s natural resources, including water, so that BC’s natural heritage is preserved for years to come.

The Water Management Branch is accountable for operational delivery of provincial water programs.  It takes a leading role in the allocation of water resources and regulation of water use projects.  The Water Allocation Section regulates the province’s largest hydropower facilities.

The Senior Water Resource Specialist regulates major hydropower projects, investigates water licence inquiries, applications and amendments, and develops and implements water resource management initiatives.  In addition, this position supports provincial water negotiations in the Indigenous Nations treaty process and provides expert advice and support to staff and clients on water management issues, including interpretation of the Water Sustainability Act and associated regulations.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is a beautiful city, with stunning beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. Come be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact 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 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.


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 (or higher) in natural resource management, engineering, geosciences or environmental sciences plus three (3) years of *related experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, engineering, geosciences or environmental sciences plus five (5) years of *related experience.

*Related experience must include the following:

  • Experience analyzing and evaluating complex water resource management issues.
  • Experience regulating or working with feasibility assessment, design, construction, operation or maintenance of major water projects.
  • Experience assessing environmental impacts of water resource projects or implementing environmental monitoring or mitigation measures.

Preference may be given to applicants with one (1) or more of the following:

  • Experience analyzing, researching, drafting, modifying or revising policy, guidelines, procedures or methodologies, preferably in a water resource related setting.
  • Experience working directly with Indigenous Nations, involved with Indigenous Nations consultations or otherwise working on Indigenous Nations issues. 
  • Experience analyzing or critically reviewing complex water resource management issues, preferably related to hydropower and/or climate change.

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: 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. 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 (COMPREHENSIVE): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please 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 your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category

Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical

Additional Information

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