Water Quality Scientist

We are passionate about environmental issues affecting the province and we represent a dedicated team made up of individuals and organizations across Alberta seeking to provide open and transparent access to scientific data and information on the condition of the environment.

We are searching for an experienced, collaborative, results driven Water Quality Scientist to join our interdisciplinary science team to help transform and improve Alberta’s environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems. This role provides scientific and technical expertise in the area of surface water quality as part of an interdisciplinary scientific team that provides leadership in the delivery of AEMERA’s water monitoring programs. Additionally, the suitable candidate must understand the hydrologic cycle, the close interrelationships between surface and groundwater and implications of cumulative watershed effects on water quality. Our Water Quality Scientist is expected to: publish relevant articles in peer reviewed scientific journals; oversee the collection and in situ testing of water and sediments using physical, chemical, biological scientific testing procedures; provide solutions on improving and maintaining water quality; evaluate and report on the state of water quality and pollution issues; and provide expert advice on the cumulative impacts on freshwater ecosystems. 


  • Applications are being sought for PhD graduates from an accredited university along with 5 years water quality and watershed sciences experience. Related experience in at least one of the following areas is required: aquatic biogeochemistry, sediment chemistry, inorganic and organic contaminant chemistry.
  • Familiarity with watershed modelling is preferred.
  • The position requires a minimum of 5 years post-doctoral experience or equivalent work experiences. A combination of education and experience will be considered as equivalencies.
  • Proven track record in the production of peer-reviewed scientific publications, writing scientific reports, proposals and work plans.
  • Experience or familiarity with analysis of large data sets and/or the evaluation of water quality data and watershed modelling.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to develop and deliver presentations to senior executives, key stakeholders, the scientific community and public audiences.
  • Experience leading and working in multidisciplinary scientific teams; working with partners in academia and industry and government and non-government agencies.
  • Experience in linking different knowledge systems (e.g., western science with indigenous knowledge) is an asset.



Closing Date:

June 29, 2016


AEMERA offers a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits plan including an employer-supported defined pension plan and a health spending account.


Learn more about AEMERA.

Role Profile:

To learn more about the requirements of the role, click here

How to apply:

Please email your resume and covering letter and three publications that best represent your work to HumanResources@aemera.org referencing Water Quality Scientist and your name in the subject line.


This competition may be used to fill multiple future vacancies. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please note: On April 5, 2016, the Minister of Environment and Parks announced the intention to dissolve AEMERA by amendment to legislation, with the science and monitoring functions to be continued in a new division within the department of Environment and Parks in the Government of Alberta. More information on this transition will be provided during the interview stage of this competition.