Limnologist, Alberta Environment and Parks

  • Full time
  • Non-academic
  • Alberta

Alberta Environment and Parks


Natural Resources 9

Environment and Parks, Various Locations. We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

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The Limnologist / Water Quality Specialist is responsible for the development and/or implementation of programs, policy, standards and objectives to support the protection of aquatic ecosystems and manage cumulative effects of human activities in the Upper Athabasca Region. Under the direction of the Resource Manager, Upper Athabasca Region, the Limnologist / Water Quality Specialist provides technical expertise to all levels of government, partners, stakeholders, and the general public, with respect to the quality of Alberta’s surface water resources. You will develop, design and maintain oversight of the regional management programs, as well provide specialist services in aquatic ecosystem assessment, water quality analysis and watershed management.

The successful candidate will ensure that water quality issues are considered in key water planning strategies and that work is being conducted towards the achievement of goals outlined within provincial strategies such as Water for Life. The Limnologist / Water Quality Specialist also provides technical expertise and professional advice in support of regulatory processes and ongoing performance assessment of industrial and municipal facilities governed under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement act and Water Act.

Salary: $2,975.50 to $3,850.62 bi-weekly ($77,660 to $100,501 annually). Closing Date: June 22, 2018. Job ID #1049295 


At minimum, this role requires:

  • University graduation in Natural Science or Aquatic Resource Management, or a related field.
  • Minimum 6 years of related experience in areas of aquatic science, limnology, aquatic ecosystems and/or ecology, and watershed conservation/management
  • Equivalencies will be considered and candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.

Assets to the role include:

  • A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Additional directly related experience.
  • A working knowledge of statistical analysis, modelling and related software, as well as, provincial legislation, regulations and policy surrounding water quality.
  • Demonstrated alignment with the competencies listed below.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of ambient water quality issues and environmental management planning.

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The links below will assist you with understanding competencies:

SYSTEMS THINKING – Working as part of a larger team, you will understand how input works within a larger system and you will consider inter-relationships, emerging trends, assessing options and implications.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS – Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve desired outcomes.

DEVELOP NETWORKS – Proactively building networks, connecting, and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING – Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to inform decision making in order to achieve outcomes and solutions.

This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

What we offer:

Note: Various locations include Spruce Grove, Edson, Hinton, Slave Lake, Whitecourt, High Prairie or Athabasca

Online applications are preferred via Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith,Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

To apply online, for first time users you will be required to create a Careers Account.

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Please address your cover letter to Human Resources.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Human Resources at 780-643-1643.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile:

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Human Resources at 780-643-1643. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.

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