Environmental Technologist

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Environmental Technologist

The North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD) is presently seeking a full-time staff member to join our team as an Environmental Technologist.

Located in the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, voted the Number One Art Town in Canada, is a vibrant, active, rural community and a great place to live. Surrounded by the Salish Sea, our year-round climate is mild, featuring sunny Mediterranean-type summers, and somewhat damp, but warm winters. Schools are excellent, and for the outdoor enthusiast we have fishing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, soccer, tennis, squash and year-round golf, with winter sports a short drive away on Vancouver Island or on the mainland.

The NSSWD serves a population of approximately 6,000 with drinking water supplied by two lake sources, each with its own treatment and distribution systems. In addition, the NSSWD operates six other small water systems under contract.

The NSSWD believes in taking a source-to-tap approach to drinking water protection and provision and, accordingly, owns and manages the protected Maxwell Lake watershed and two secondary watersheds from which streams are diverted to refill the lake each year. The NSSWD also conducts water quality and quantity monitoring at both lake sources and monitors the treated drinking water throughout the distributions systems for a wide range of parameters including bacteria, algae and algal toxins, metals, and disinfection by-products.

A new dissolved air floatation water treatment plant is nearing completion for the St. Mary Lake supply, and the District anticipates building another new treatment plant for the Maxwell Lake supply.
The Environmental Technologist will be assisting the Environmental Manager with a range of both office and field work. Duties of the Environmental Technologist are varied and include:

  • Coordinating and scheduling the water quality sampling program
  • Assisting with collection and transport of water samples from lakes, streams, treatment facilities and water distribution systems
  • Liaising with staff at external laboratories
  • Maintaining the water quality database and various spreadsheets
  • Analysing and reporting on water quality and quantity data
  • Maintaining field and laboratory equipment as necessary
  • Assists with preparation of annual water audit, annual water quality report, and other documents as necessary

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and are looking for someone with a positive, team-oriented attitude who is willing to learn and grow with us. Applicants must have completed a diploma in Water Quality, Water Treatment or Environmental Technology or a degree in a relevant science such as biology or environmental science. Please visit our website at www.northsaltspringwaterworks.ca to view the complete job description and the qualifications required.

Please send a cover letter and resume by October 31, 2018:
Meghan McKee, Environmental Manager
North Salt Spring Waterworks District
761 Upper Ganges Rd., Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1S1
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Full Job Description:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Environmental Technologist (O4)
Reporting to the Environmental Manager, this position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the water sampling program in the North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD) and other Salt Spring water districts contracted to NSSWD, including scheduling, coordination and collection of samples and supervision of sampling performed by operators. The Environmental Technologist (ET) acts as the prime point of contact for with operations staff on routine water quality matters. The ET is responsible for investigating non-routine water quality complaints and water quality events throughout the District’s drinking water systems.


  • Prepares the monthly sampling schedule for NSSWD and contract district systems according to established sampling plans.
  • Coordinates with the Waterworks Supervisor to have the Operators collect the samples required for the sampling program.
  • Reviews results of laboratory analysis of water samples and notifies Environmental Manager of any anomalous results and those that do not meet the relevant standards and/or guidelines.
  • Coordinates and participates in the collection of routine and non-routine samples in source lakes and streams and water distribution systems.
  • Liaises with staff at external laboratories.
  • Ensures adequate sampling supplies are available at all times.
  • Maintains field and laboratory equipment as necessary.
  • Provides technical input for sample site selection, sampling procedures and equipment.
  • Downloads data from hydrometric monitoring stations and SCADA system.
  • Monitors lake levels and climate data and updates spreadsheets and charts.
  • Enters, reviews and verifies data in water quality database.
  • Analyses water quality and quantity data and reports on trends.
  • Monitors the effects of adverse weather in the watershed as the need arises.
  • Measures, records, tabulates, and summarizes field data as required.
  • Operates power boats (electric motors) for routine purposes and in response to threats to source water quality.
  • Participates in reviewing treatment plant data and notifies Environmental Manager of potential water quality or compliance issues.
  • Investigates customer complaints and provides recommendations for remedial measures.
  • Reports unusual problems or events in the watershed and the distribution system to Waterworks Supervisor and/or Environmental Manager. Conducts investigations and makes recommendations.
  • Assists in development and updating of data sheets and standard operating procedures for source and system water sampling procedures and field analytical methods.
  • Responds to emergencies in the NSSWD watersheds (i.e. emergency Oil Spill Response) that may pose a threat to water quality and to emergencies in the distribution system (i.e. disinfection failure).
  • Along with the Environmental Manager and other staff, is jointly responsible for the selection and purchase of boats and sampling apparatus as required.
  • Researches and obtains quotes for the purchase of sampling equipment and supplies.
  • Assists with preparation annual water system report.
  • Assists with preparation of annual water audit.
  • Prepares and posts public water quality notices and advisories as directed by Environmental Manager or District Manager.
  • Follows all NSSWD policies, procedures and standards.


Physical Effort:
Nature of work often requires a high level of physical effort and/or dexterity.

Mental Effort:
Nature of work may include frequent short periods of intense concentration or longer periods of concentration to meet moderately demanding work schedules and/or interruptions and deadlines and multiple tasks.

Visual/Auditory Effort:
Nature of work may frequently include visual and/or auditory concentration or focusing on small areas for short periods.

Work Environment:
Inside and outside work are required.


  • Solid understanding of the function of a waterworks utility.
  • Excellent communications (verbal and written), interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Ability to respond to water quality complaints and inquiries with tact and good judgement.
  • Experience and working knowledge of MS Word and Excel and aptitude to learn new software applications.
  • Knowledge of common drinking water quality parameters and problems.
  • Basic knowledge of limnology and surface water hydrology, and aquatic ecosystems
  • General knowledge of laboratory methods used for analysis of drinking water and source water.
  • Experience collecting water samples from source water and water treatment facilities and distribution systems.
  • Experience performing field analysis of water samples.
  • Knowledge of proper sampling methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of provincial and federal drinking water regulations, standards, and guidelines including general knowledge of waterborne diseases and their public health significance.
  • Knowledge of water treatment and disinfection methods such as chlorine and UV light.
  • Experience in the launching and operation of boats.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team under minimum supervision.
  • Ability to adapt to and assist in organizing and implementing new procedures related to water quality and sampling.
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions.


  • Completion of Diploma in Water Quality, Water Treatment or Environmental Technology or a degree in a relevant science such as biology or environmental science.
  • Minimum 5 years' related experience.
  • WHMIS Certification
  • Possession of a valid BC Driver's License.
  • Possession of a valid BC Pleasure Craft Operator Card.


  • Technical writing skills will be an asset.
  • Experience working in drinking water treatment or distribution operations will be an asset.
  • Possession of BC EOCP Water Treatment I certificate will be an asset.
  • Experience in laboratory analysis of water samples will be an asset.


Is Accountable for Results:
Aligns the people, resources and systems necessary to deliver business results including:

  • Takes personal accountability for actions and outcome in own area of responsibility.
  • Empowers others to be accountable by setting clear outcomes, checking-in regularly, and providing mentoring to ensure goals are met.
  • Celebrates individuals/teams successfully delivering outcomes.

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