Cowichan Valley Regional District

Watershed Coordinator

Job Locations CA-BC-Duncan
Competition Number
Closing Date
Regular Full Time
Engineering Services
Environmental Services
Location : Name
Head Office

General Information

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is now accepting applications for a Coordinator of the region’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program in the Environmental Services Division. By taking a watercentric view of policy, planning and operational decision making going forward, we can adapt to the realities of a changing climate, protect aquatic ecosystems, and ensure that the people who live here in the future also have safe sources of drinking water to sustain the communities they inherit. This view recognizes the linkages between human needs and the needs of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. It also sees groundwater and surface as one, interconnected whole. This program is regional in nature and provides supporting services to the Regional District as well as its municipal partners.


Reporting to the Manager, Environmental Services, the Watershed Coordinator has an exciting opportunity to be part of the region’s new Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) Program and will contribute to the effective implementation of the program by assisting with the following three key focal areas:  

  1. Watershed Science and Information - Collect existing and new data; analyze them to create new knowledge and science; create knowledge products such as maps, reports and online information systems.
  2. Watercentric Policy, Planning and Operational Decision Making - Use science and knowledge to inform policy, land use decisions, and operational activities that affect drinking water and watersheds.
  3. Share and Collaborate (Watershed Stewardship and Outreach) - Work directly with residents to help them understand the benefits of water stewardship and how they can contribute.

Work will be focused on an interdisciplinary approach including researching, analyzing, and preparing technical reports, environmental field studies, assisting with coordinating and facilitating various public and/or stakeholder processes, preparing grant applications, communications program development, and assisting with the overall development, preparation, implementation, project management and staff management of the DWWP program.


  • Graduation from a recognized university with a degree in watershed management, environmental management, environmental planning, ecology, restoration of natural systems, or a related field.
  • A minimum eight (8) years of progressive experience related to watershed management, including supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in or with local governments is preferred.
  • Experience working with business, community, special interest and multi stakeholder groups under a community based social marketing or community-based science program is considered an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 with CPR or equivalent
  • Member of the Association of Professional Biologists or Professional Forester or other related professional association is an asset.

For a full listing of the job requirements please view the job description.  Program details can be found at https://CVRD Watershed-Planning

Hours of Work

Guaranteed 35 hours of work per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and eligible for flex time. This position may be required to attend some evening and weekend meetings.


Wage rate in three steps as per the Collective Agreement between the CVRD and CUPE Local 358, $45.96 - $47.35 - $48.75 per hour (2021 rates). Benefits are included as per the CUPE Collective Agreement.

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume and cover letter at the link above by the date indicated. 


Note: Testing may be required during the interview process. Testing is based on the knowledge, skills, abilities and qualifications outlined in the job description.


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