Water Resources Specialist at Government of Canada

Location: ontario, united states

Job Description

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Meteorological Service of Canada - Monitoring Science and Data Services Directorate - National Hydrological Services
Burlington (Ontario), Cornwall (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec)
$68,891 to $82,590

For further information on the organization, please visit Environment and Climate Change Canada

Closing date: 26 June 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Assessment accommodation


The position will contribute to the delivery of the National Hydrological Services by providing water resources and applied science expertise that supports the collection, interpretation and dissemination of standardized water resource data and information in Canada. More specific duties will include some or all of the following:

  • Assist with the collection, processing, interpretation, correction, summarization, integration and presentation of water resources data to improve the understanding and/or management of water resource systems, provide advice on deficiencies, propose updates and modifications as necessary to improve hydrometric monitoring approaches and/or to support boundary waters issues in Canada.
  • Apply hydraulic and hydrologic principles to the collection and interpretation of water resource data and information.
  • Investigate and evaluate new and/or alternative technologies that can be used to improve the measurement of hydraulic and hydrologic variables necessary for effective and efficient monitoring of water resources and to replace and/or augment the use of hydrometric infrastructure.
  • Investigate, evaluate, analyze, study, and model water resources systems. This could encompass inflow forecasting, water management simulations, hydrologic analysis, hydraulic analysis, impact analysis and applying hydrologic, hydraulic and water management computer models as necessary.
  • Discuss and evaluate results, and provide guidance and interpretations on hydrology, hydraulics, hydrometry and water management to monitoring technologists, water resources scientists, engineering staff, water management boards and international, federal and/or provincial partners to ensure the highest quality of information on water resources is communicated effectively.
  • Guide and coordinate technical staff on various inter-provincial and transboundary water resource projects including the collection, and verification of real-time data used for timely resource management decisions. Coordinate the work with provincial, other federal Canadian and American departmental partners in joint projects.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially assessed candidates will be established and will be used to staff similar positions at the same group and level, with various linguistic requirements, on an indeterminate or temporary basis within Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Positions to be filled: 5

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.

Note: The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency

Experience in conducting hydrologic or hydraulic or hydrometric studies including data analysis, review and modelling.

Experience in processing, manipulating and analyzing large environmental datasets related to water resources (e.g. hydrometric, hydro-meteorological, environmental or digital elevation model (DEM) data).

Experience in writing scientific and technical documents.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
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Knowledge of the principles of hydrology.

Knowledge of basic tools used in environmental data analysis.

Basic knowledge of data management in the water resources field.

Ability to communicate orally.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to solve problems and make recommendations.

Ability to work under pressure.

Ability to work effectively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams.

Effective interpersonal relationships.




The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Graduation with a master's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in Water Resources Sciences.

Degree equivalency

Experience in the use of standard GIS tools such as ARC-GIS, Q-GIS and MapInfo.

Experience in the development and application of hydrological models or hydraulic models.

Experience in planning and conducting field-based campaigns for the acquisition of relevant water resources data in lake and river environments (e.g. hydrometric, hydrological, hydraulic, environmental or digital elevation model (DEM) data).

Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C, C#, SQL, Fortran, Python, R).

Knowledge of management and scheduling of multi-disciplinary teams.

Ability to organize and conduct studies and statistical analyses.

Ability to interpret scientific data.

Ability to prepare, deliver presentations and communicate complex scientific concepts to an audience.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Driver’s license.

Traveling, occasionally, possibly for extended periods of up to two or three weeks.

Be available to work overtime.

Work in remote locations and in extreme weather conditions.

Undertake field work that could include working in and around water, wading, working on cableways and bridges or on ice.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.