Canada nationals: Licenced Authorizations Specialist (Water)

British Columbia Public Service
Various, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


Please note: this job post has expired! To the best of our knowledge, this job is no longer available and this page remains here for archival purposes only.

This position is also posted as a STO-RE 24R Requisition 66766

This posting is to establish an eligibility list for future permanent and/or temporary opportunities
There is currently 1 permanent opportunity in Surrey and 1 temporary opportunity in Chilliwack

Join a professional resource management team dedicated to building and transforming BC’s vital water program.

Water is fundamental to BC’s communities, ecosystems, food supply and economy. The provincial water program is a diverse group of highly collaborative people who help support and make robust and durable decisions with evidence based policy and sound science. Program staff works with internal and external partners to help ensure provincial water management is effective and sustainable. The program is undergoing an exciting transformation with the implementation of the Water Sustainability Act  (WSA). The WSA supports expanded regulation of groundwater, leading environmental protection practices and new area-based management tools - all which allow water resources to be more effectively managed during times of growth and change.

As the Licensed Authorizations Specialist - Water, you will work in a variety of settings, provide professional advice and make recommendations on the allocation of resources and the adjudication of resource authorizations for the Natural Resource Sector. This position will be particularly focused on licensing new and existing groundwater users and short term use approvals for groundwater applications.  File reviews will include consideration of source aquifer characteristics, aquatic values and environmental flow needs for hydraulically connected streams, and consultation with First Nations and stakeholders.  A continued focus on improving the regulatory approach of our internal processes is encouraged as part of this position.

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team with engineers, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, biologists, agrologists  and other professionals and should therefore have a broad knowledge background yourself.  You have solid project management skills and are an excellent communicator with conflict resolution skills.  Your primary contacts are federal, provincial, and local governments, developers, private land owners, farmers, and their respective consultants, and your own coworkers and management.  You will conduct and lead mediation, negotiate and resolve disputes and ensure decisions enact best use of the water resources throughout the region.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you:

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 create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the 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.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience and professional designation requirements as outlined below

  • Master’s degree in a resource management or engineering related field (such as geology, geological engineering, geography, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental studies, etc.) AND a minimum of 3 years of water resource related experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a resource management or engineering related field (such as geology, geological engineering, geography, environmental studies, etc.) AND a minimum of 4 years of water resource related experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.
  • Registered, or immediately eligible for registration, with a British Columbia professional association as required by the specialty area (e.g., P.Geo, or P.Eng. with the Engineers & Geoscientists BC or P.Ag. with BC Institute of Agrologists).


  • Demonstrated experience performing technical duties and working with the Water Act/Water Sustainability Act.
  • Experience in consulting, negotiating and resolving conflicts with stakeholders in water resource management.
  • Experience and/or education in hydrogeology, including field-based experience and experience using hydrogeological principles, concepts, and analytical techniques.
  • Experience working in any of the above in British Columbia

Note: For this position you must be willing to travel to remote areas by  vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight and work in all weather conditions, and you must possess and maintain a valid British Columbia Class 5 driver’s license. You also must be willing to work overtime.

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.


Professional Designation: YES - Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP); OR, a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA); OR, a Professional Engineer/Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia (EGBC). Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the appropriate BC association (ABCFP, BCIA, EGBC). Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.  If you do not meet this requirement, apply to the Scientific Technical Officer STO24 (Other) opportunity via Requisition 66766

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

Resume: YES - 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: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) - 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

Job Profile LSO 2 (OTHER) Licenced Authorizations Specialist-Water