Unit Head & Senior Provincial Laboratory Specialist
Laboratory/Health Science Officer R30

Amendment: November 12, 2019 – Location updated. Surrey added as a job location.
Amendment: November 7, 2019 – Job requirements updated. Added to posting and job profile:
Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Toxicology, with at least 7 years’ related experience*.

Amendment: November 7, 2019 – Closing date extended to November 19, 2019

An eligibility list may be established.

An excellent opportunity to apply your analytical expertise

Within the Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy Division, the Knowledge Management Branch exists to facilitate the effective creation, acquisition, synthesis, translation and mobilization of environmental knowledge across the natural resource sector and beyond. The Branch acquires, creates, interprets, manages and shares environmental information about water (surface & groundwater quality & quantity), air, climate, species, ecosystems, fish and wildlife resources, soil, and terrain. It provides science and technical expertise (economics and survey methodology) to clients across the natural resource sector. The Branch is responsible for maintaining the knowledge management framework and implementing it through partnerships and strategic alliances.

The Branch is comprised of three sections: Analytics, Reporting and Knowledge Services (ARKS), Environment and Climate Monitoring; and, Ecosystems Information. The Laboratory Standards & Quality Assurance (LSQA) Unit within the ARKS section, is responsible for contracting and monitoring external environmental laboratory services to support the Natural Resource Sector (NRS) monitoring, compliance and emergency operation. In regards to environmental regulations, the unit is also responsible for policy and regulation development for laboratory and field sampling operations within the Province’s NRS.

This unique opportunity combines both communication skills and technical experience, such as:

•    The development and implementation of provincial environmental laboratory quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), testing methods, compliance and audit standards;

•    Leading provincial teams of government, academic and scientific professionals in the development of provincial and federal regulatory standards to accommodate new/unusual pollutants and emerging microbiology issues;

•    Negotiate formal monitoring agreements;

•    Developing and delivering educational and training programs and official publications.

If you want to ensure the province’s environmental laboratory service program delivers high quality, reliable data and want to have a positive impact on the province’s environmental laboratory program, we encourage you to apply to this position.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Joyce.Austin@gov.bc.ca . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Ph.D., in Chemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Sciences, with at least 3 year’s related experience*, OR
  • Master’s of Science Degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Toxicology, with at least 5 years’ related experience*; OR
  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Toxicology, with at least 7 years’ related experience*.

*Related Experience must include all of the following:

  • Bench experience in analytical chemistry and microbiology, including the planning and evaluation of technical criteria and approaches, selection of available techniques and development, evaluation of purchased lab equipment performance to prescribed specifications, and verification and implementation of environmental laboratory methods.
  • Experience in technical interpretation of laboratory analytical results.
  • Experience providing technical advice to staff concerning methods applications and related methods performances.
  • Experience in applying statistical and related technologies used in laboratory methods.
  • Experience leading chemistry- and microbiology-based audits and/or environmental investigations.
  • Experience in the development of laboratory QA/QC methods, strategies, and sampling protocols.
  • Experience training staff in laboratory QA/QC methods, strategies, and sampling protocols.
  • Experience in leading the development of technical communications and educational materials on lab methods and standards.
  • Experience in leading technical committees or project teams.

Preference may be given to candidates with any of the following:

  • Experience working with environmental science, biology or chemistry field sampling techniques and methods.
  • Experience working with laboratory and field sampling QA/QC procedures, interpretation tools and methods.
  • Experience using issues/conflict resolution and negotiation skills to manage professional service providers on regulations and contract specifications.


  • Must have a valid BC driver’s license or equivalent.


Some overnight travel may be required throughout the province to attend committees, task forces, working groups/meetings. Some disagreeable elements exist in the work when inspecting and imposing regulatory methods and procedures on others for compliance. Work occurs in a normal office environment with frequent visual attention to computer screens, printed reports and statistical data and documentation. Some exposure to toxic/hazardous substances when conducting lab visits and testing.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume: YES –  Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES – You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire .

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