Senior Hydrogeological Policy Engineer

Company: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Website: https://career17.sapsf.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=13025&company=cityofvancP&username=
Email: [email protected]

Main Purpose and Function

The Senior Hydrogeological Policy Engineer resides in the Utility Modelling and Data Management (UMDM) Branch and reports directly to the Branch Manager. This position is relied on as the City’s technical expert in groundwater, providing professional guidance for the City’s Groundwater Vision related to utility planning and municipal engineering. They will need to liaise and collaborate with staff across City departments, Metro Vancouver, and the Province in the development of the City’s groundwater policies.

The Senior Hydrogeological Policy Engineer will be responsible for directing a team of 2 to 3 staff and perform activities related to review, advice, and policy development and implementation on behalf of the City’s Engineering Services Department related to hydrogeology, drainage, environment, and municipal infrastructure.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Mentor and supervise up to three staff (e.g., engineers, policy analyst);
  • Lead the facilitation process to update of City’s bylaws and policies related to groundwater, sewers, and drainage;
  • Lead the hydrological review component of the development and rezoning review process;
  • Senior review of hydrogeological submissions to ensure that the studies meet the City’s policies, and do not impact City infrastructure;
  • Implement groundwater protection and management policy (including requirements for construction on city and private property) and embed requirements within construction and permitting processes;
  • Develop and implement groundwater monitoring, reporting process, and enforcement measures, as required;
  • Interpret and analyze subsurface data, reports, and existing records related to the hydrogeological components of public and private projects;
  • Develop internal standards and procedures as they relate to construction projects and buildings (e.g., dewatering and foundation drainage);
  • Work closely with health authorities to develop standards and processes to support the potential usage of groundwater as a potable source, or to offset potable water use;
  • Build and improve hydrogeological data collection and data management, to improve updates the existing GIS database and maps;
  • Contract and/or support branches in contracting out hydrogeological work by reviewing/developing RFPs, scopes of work, contracts, and managing the engagement, performance, and feedback around a roster of hydrogeological engineering consultants supporting the City’s Engineering Department;
  • Manage citywide documentation of hydrogeological projects including technical documents, research projects, field supervision, and coordination, case studies, and non-technical reports on an as-needed basis; and
  • Liaison and collaboration with other City branches, consultants, stakeholders (Metro Vancouver, Provincial and Federal Governments), partners (BC Groundwater Association, CSAPs, Engineers and Geoscientists BC), and developers on groundwater policy, industry outreach and education.

Minimum Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum requirement is a completion of a university bachelor’s degree in geology, civil engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering or environmental sciences. Preference for a master’s degree with specialization in hydrogeology;
  • Registration as a professional engineer or geoscientist with Engineers and Geoscientists BC;
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience related to hydrogeology in civil engineering or equivalent combination of experience in hydrogeology and drainage. Experience working with local government, utilities, development industry, or similar public works organizations is an asset;
  • Thorough understanding of the Water Sustainability Act, Drinking Water Protection Act, and other applicable groundwater, geotechnical, environmental, and water resources legislature, best practices, procedures; and
  • Understanding of municipal infrastructure (sewer, drainage, and drinking water infrastructure), would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead a team, work collaboratively, and with different stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in compiling data and writing reports, guidelines, and policies;
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills including the demonstrated ability to deal effectively with multiple tasks of moderate to high complexity and setting/meeting competing deadlines;
  • Working knowledge of GIS software platforms (ArcGIS, ArcPro);
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible in a changing environment, working within a matrix-type organization;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement;
  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations and decisions;
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion with confidential and sensitive matters;
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies, processes, standards, and policies; and
  • Member of the British Columbia Groundwater association or other industry association is preferred.


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