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BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Surrey, BC

Groundwater Protection Officer
Salary $55,601.52 - $69,445.80 annually

Ensure water resources remain safe in B.C.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, South Coast Natural Resource Region requires a Groundwater Protection Officer to join our water team, which is committed to ensuring that the water resources and aquatic ecosystems of British Columbia remain safe, sustainable and valued by all.

As the Groundwater Protection Officer, your primary responsibility will be to carry out statutory responsibilities to promote and verify compliance with the Water Sustainability Act and Groundwater Protection Regulation, and provide critical technical expertise on groundwater protection and management issues within the South Coast Region.

This position is also posted as a Scientific Technical Officer 24 under requisition 40711.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • A Degree in a natural resource field (preferably geology, hydrogeology, environmental science or geological engineering) and minimum 3 year water resource related experience;
  • Registered, or immediately eligible for registration, with a British Columbia professional association as required by the specialty area (e.g., Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists).  A holder of a limited licence with APEGBC to practice engineering or geoscience within the scope of hydrogeology will be considered.
  • Experience in groundwater quality and quantity field data collection methods, including monitoring, testing techniques, and sampling from a well.
  • Experience working with relevant computer software, including spreadsheets, databases and mapping (GIS) programs.
  • Experience compiling, analysing and summarizing technical data preparing graphs, tables and calculating basic statistics, and writing technical reports and communications.

Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • Experience with interpreting and applying legislation and regulation, including but not limited to working with the Water Sustainability Act (or former Water Act) and other statutes that support natural resource management.
  • Experience conducting water investigations, including aquifer and well characterization, with experience in British Columbia being an asset.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of surface water management and protection.

For more information and to apply by May 29, 2017, please go to:




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Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations

*this position can be performed from any of the following communities: Smithers, Prince George or Fort St. John

Regional Hydrogeologist
Salary: $61,805.03 - $77,194.06 annually + $32.89 b/w isolation allowance (in Smithers)

*Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification (if there are no fully qualified successful candidates).

As the Regional Hydrogeologist you will function as the primary regional groundwater expert. In this role the successful candidate will lead the groundwater program in one of the three regions of the North area.  The scope of the work covers three streams: 
1) Develop knowledge of the assigned region by leading projects that increase the understanding of the groundwater resource; including, aquifer mapping, aquifer characterization, surface/groundwater connectivity, and siting of new Provincial Observation Wells
2) Support the authorization process by providing technical reviews for water licencing.
3) Participate in the Provincial team of Hydrogeologists to ensure the regional program aligns with provincial priorities
The candidate will have strong networking and team building skills, able to work with multiple partners both within and external to government in multiple locations.

For more information about working for the BC Public Service, please see What We Offer.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Master’s degree in Groundwater Hydrology or Hydrogeology; AND
  • 1 years related work experience with specialized training in quantitative groundwater hydrology; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in Groundwater Hydrology or Hydrogeology; AND
  • 3 years related work experience with specialized training in quantitative groundwater hydrology; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience as accepted by the appropriate professional association.
  • Registration or eligible for immediate* registration as a professional with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC as a Professional Geoscientist. *Immediate means, you are currently a registered  member in good standing as a Professional Geoscientist with another Canadian jurisdiction with the ability to immediately transfer to APEGBC.
  • Experience or specialized training in hydrogeology.
  • Experience developing technical solutions, guidelines and standards for aquifer characterization.

For more information on this career opportunity including how to apply online by May 14th 2017, please visit: https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=40602