Coordinator, Aquatic Monitoring and Research

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Closing date: Apr 26, 2017

Location: Yellowknife

Department: ENR Water Research & Studies

Job Code: 14267

Salary: $83,363 - $99,509

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) promotes and supports the sustainable use and development of natural resources to protect, conserve and enhance the Northwest Territories environment for the social and economic benefit of all residents.


Job Information

The Coordinator, Aquatic Monitoring and Research is responsible for the delivery of environmental monitoring programs (water quality, quantity, snow, climate, and biological), and for providing  technical information, support services and advice to Divisional, Departmental, Regional, and other internal and external stakeholders related to the planning, collection, documentation, management, analysis and presentation of monitoring data to support water stewardship initiatives so that healthy  ecosystems  benefitting  all NWT residents are maintained.

Working collaboratively with multiple agencies, the Water Resources Division bears the primary GNWT roles and responsibilities related to water management and water stewardship. It ensures the water stewardship and management objectives of ENR are met in an integrated and timely manner. The Division maintains continuous liaison with all public and private sector organizations with responsibilities for sound water stewardship in the NWT. All Division initiatives have NWT or national implications and therefore require timely and effective analyses, decisions and actions to ensure GNWT political and legal obligations and partnership commitments are fulfilled and public interests are advanced.

Water stewardship functions involve the ongoing implementation of the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy in collaboration with other water partners. Water Resources Division focus areas currently include transboundary water agreement negotiation and implementation, community source  water protection initiatives, community-based aquatic ecosystem research and monitoring, coordination of Water Stewardship Strategy implementation, collection of water quality and quantity information, administration of the Waters Act and Regulations, provision of information and expert advice to  regulatory boards about effects on aquatic ecosystems, as well  as  federal/provincial/territorial initiatives related to watershed management.

Reporting to the Manager, Water Research and Studies, the Coordinator, Aquatic Monitoring and Research coordinates and delivers aquatic field research and monitoring studies. The incumbent is responsible for the field sampling and data management as well as assisting in the compilation and reporting of results. The Coordinator also supports capacity building at the community level and training of local residents and other individuals involved in field work.

The incumbent will be responsible for organizing and conducting field surveys for the collection of water level, stream flow, sediment, water quality and weather data, biological data and for the quality and integrity of field information collected, including through maintenance of field equipment.  The information collected is the basis for water management analyses across the NWT, with neighboring jurisdictions, and nationally.

Technical analysis of information directly impacts the accuracy and level of information available for water management decision-making.

Within the broad parameters of the Water Strategy, the incumbent works independently and is expected to make decisions in the field based on overall departmental objectives.

Typically the above qualifications would be attained by a diploma in Natural Resources or Environmental Science plus a minimum of four years of experience in watershed management related to field monitoring, research programs, data management and analysis, public consultation including working with Aboriginal governments and community members in the collection of environmental data, and reporting of scientific findings.  


More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a One (1) Year Term


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $42.75 per hour to $51.03 per hour (approximately $83,363.00 - $99,509.00) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal records check.  Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14267        

Closing Date: April 26, 2017 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

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Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Human Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445