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Alberta Environment and Parks

Director, Watershed Sciences



Company Information

Government of Alberta

Job Description

Senior Manager, Zone 2


Alberta Environment & Parks, Edmonton. 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.


For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at:


The Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key air, water, land and biodiversity indicators. EMSD has a legislated requirement to make data, scientific evaluation and assessments available to the public in a timely manner. EMSD produces a robust line of science products addressing the needs of a variety of end users (government, industry, academia, Indigenous communities, and the general public). The line of science products range from legislated products such as the State of the Environment Reports to real-time data and peer reviewed scientific papers.

EMSD website address:


Reporting to the Executive Director of Science Branch, the Watershed Sciences Director is responsible for the strategic guidance and leadership in planning, development, and implementation of the surface and groundwater water quality and quantity programs. Specific duties will include: identifying and making appropriate connections between strategic priorities and science and monitoring objectives, and program designs and outcomes; working closely with other science branch directors to develop the long term vision and plan for provincial aquatic science programs; coordinating the design, planning and implementation of aquatic science programs, including ensuring that and appropriate scientific and public reporting products are produced in a timely fashion; ensuring that appropriate scientific standards, protocols and methodologies for monitoring, data generation, analyses, and reporting are established and adopted, to ensure their credibility, trustworthiness, accuracy, usability, and consistency; mentoring and guiding junior scientists in career planning and professional development; leading and inspiring teams of scientists and technicians in a safe respectful, and fiscally responsible workplace to manage risks and programs with an eye on continuous improvement.


Salary: $4,037.95 - $5,127.61 bi-weekly ($105,390 - $133,830 annually). Closing Date: April 7, 2017. Job ID #1041317


Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a relevant field of aquatic sciences plus 7 years of progressive leadership in an academic, government, or industry position. Experience as a member of expert scientific advisory panels is an asset. The position requires evidence of the scientific expertise and credibility, demonstration of a high degree of scholarship and professional activity via appropriate and continuing scientific publication, and evidence of an ability to lead collaborative, interdisciplinary research.


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:


Critical Competencies for the role:

Systems Thinking: Ability to broadly assess options, implications and future opportunities to promote program delivery and for developing strategies to meet the needs of the division.


Develop Networks: to establish and maintain effective relationships with provincial, national and international academic, government and private sector experts in aquatic sciences to ensure that EMSD leads and directs internationally recognized, scientifically credible aquatic sciences and monitoring programs.


Build Collaborative Environments: Proactively building networks and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders. Well-developed interpersonal skills will allow you to effectively facilitate communication to develop internal partnerships, and promote EMSD through high level engagement in professional activities and associations at the regional, national and international level.


Drive for Results: to plan, prioritize, and work with limited guidance in a complex and dynamic work environment.


Final Candidates will be asked to undergo a security screening. This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, and candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.


What we offer:

• Comprehensive benefits plan:


• Pension plan:


• Health Spending Account:


• Leadership and mentorship programs


• Professional learning and development


• Positive workplace culture and work-life balance


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 via will be able to track the status of this competition.


If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Melissa Mangal, Environment and Parks, Human Resources, 4th Floor, Petroleum Plaza, South Tower, 9915-108 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5K 2G8. Fax: (780) 427-2513.


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 Melissa Mangal at 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.

Contact Information

Alberta Environment and Parks
Posting Date: 29-Mar-2017Environmental Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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