Intermediate Water Resources Specialist

Kelowna, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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At Stantec, we approach every water and natural resource project we undertake—whether at the local, regional, or watershed level— thoughtfully, and execute it with excellence across all project phases. We partner with our clients to design fit-for-purpose solutions that address their communities’ unique needs throughout the water infrastructure lifecycle. Our experts lead their fields and guide our work with scientific rigor, an innovative spirit, and a vision for growth. We’re a place where you can apply your passion and collaborate with top talent on work that’s critical to our clients, our communities, and the industry at large.

Your Opportunity

Intermediate Water Resources Engineer to be located in our Kelowna, BC office. The successful candidate will support the Western Canadian Water Resources Group within Stantec, a multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists that focus on high energy mountain streams. This engineering consulting role will support and lead water resources, hydrotechnical, flood recovery, and stream restoration projects for municipal and provincial governments, and corporate organizations throughout British Columbia. You will use your technical abilities to lead and support a wide variety of projects in a dynamic, assessment, planning and design team setting. You will be required to demonstrate excellent communication skills and problem-solving abilities along with a commitment to thrive in a proactive organization where client service is paramount. You will report directly to the Water Resources Team Lead and contribute to projects as a Project Technical Lead, Project Manager or support of Project Teams.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams on water resources projects in the interior of British Columbia.
  • Lead engineering assessments and designs for:
  • River infrastructure, including stream restoration, flood recovery, water intakes; outfalls; dams and weirs; fishways; flood protection, erosion control; river training; and protective works.
  • Watercourse crossings such as bridges, pipelines, roads and other linear infrastructure.
  • Fish habitat and watercourse restoration using bioengineering techniques.
  • Manage projects, administer contracts and control budgets.
  • Prepare contract documents, including detailed design drawings and specifications.
  • Administer construction contracts for instream works, including habitat and civil infrastructure, and provide site inspection services.
  • Develop client relationships.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of midlevel project management ability.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in hydraulic modelling.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in channel design.
  • Conduct hydrological analysis and modelling, including flood frequency analysis.
  • Write proposals and business development initiatives.
  • Mentor junior staff and provide on-the-job training.Maintain consistently high standards of delivery, quality, flexibility, and innovation.
  • Lead local efforts to identify, pursue, and win new projects and work.
  • Assist with site visits and field investigations as necessary.

Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Sound understanding of water resources, including planning and management and design.
  • Demonstrated high level understanding of hydrology and hydraulic assessment, analysis, and design.
  • Demonstrated hydraulic and hydrologic modeling experience (e.g. HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, 2-Dimensional modelling an asset).
  • Understanding water resources in British Columbia (including river systems/water-related infrastructure and applicable laws/policies/regulations) and federal/provincial planning processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in design of water resources infrastructure (e.g. stream channels, erosion protection).
  • Commitment to client satisfaction and the delivery of high quality work products.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking experience and proven conflict resolution abilities.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and lead.
  • Strong interpersonal abilities for working in diverse team environments with staff, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Excellent demonstrated client relationships.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Civil, Environmental or Water Resources Engineering or closely related field. Master's degree desirable.

Over 5-years consulting experience, directly related to river engineering, water resources and municipal infrastructure.

Registration as a professional engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia or qualifications to obtain this registration at the start of employment.

Desire to grow in your career in a challenging environment that fosters self-improvement though leadership, mentoring and a diversity of experience.

Qualified candidates who are highly motivated and eager to commit to Stantec's strategic initiative to become a Top 10 global design firm should submit their resume and cover letter, including a detailed project list, online at

Committed to the principles of Employment Equity, we thank all candidates; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Typical office environment working with computers. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.