Dam Safety Manager

Posting Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: Edmonton (preferred), Calgary, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Dam Safety Manager 

Job Requisition ID: 25286

Ministry: Environment & Protected Areas

Location: Edmonton (preferred), Calgary

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate found

Classification: Management Senior Manager Zone 1

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx.

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required to support environmental outcomes, outdoor recreation and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-protected-areas.aspx.


Alberta Environment and Protected Areas has an exciting opportunity for a technical leader to join their senior management team.

You will lead and develop the Dam Safety team of 9 professionals who are primarily responsible for the administration of Water Act, Water (Ministerial) Regulation-Part 6 and Alberta Dam and Canal Safety Directive pertaining to dam and canal safety regulatory framework. Your team’s primary responsibility includes regulating the dams and canals and monitoring compliance for risk management/mitigation to factors at risk including public, property and environment due to potential failure of the structures. The team is also responsible for providing technical services to regional operations teams regarding safety management of dam and canal infrastructure owned by the Department and operated and maintained by the Water Infrastructure and Operations Branch (WIOB). Organizationally, the position reports to Director, Infrastructure Technical Services and for its technical services role. Uniquely, the position also reports directly to the Department’s Executive Committee on dam safety regulatory issues to ensure the committee is aware on provincial dam safety matters.

As the successful candidate, you will apply your effective interpersonal and communication skills to provide inclusive leadership, effectively motivate, engage and develop staff, and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.  Your ability to foster and build relationships across the department is necessary to deliver strategic advice and recommendations to department leaders and government officials assisting the Government of Alberta in meeting their key mandates, goals and initiatives.



  • University degree in the fields of Civil Engineering, preferably geotechnical, or Geosciences supplemented by a minimum of six years of related experience in dam safety management.
  • 3 plus years experience leading a team of professionals as well as experience with stakeholder engagement and consultation on complex projects.
  • ​​​​​​​Professional membership with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), or immediately eligible for professional membership with APEGA.


  • Thorough knowledge and/or experience with the legislation, regulations, policies, codes and programs related to dam and canal safety management.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Knowledge and understanding of the Alberta Dam and Canal Safety Directive and related legislation.
  • ​​​​​​​Masters or higher education in related field.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

SYSTEMS THINKING: Take a holistic and long-term view of challenges and opportunities at multiple levels across related areas. You will seek to understand a range of stakeholder perspectives and how they interrelate.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: Finds ways to improve complex systems or structures to better meet goals and outcomes.

AGILITY: You will identify, and support others to identify, alternative approaches or courses of action in unclear and complex situations.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Strive to improve the performance efficiency of the department by participating and contributing to department initiatives and goals.

BUILDING COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: Create an environment for teamwork and collaboration with other departments, stakeholders and agencies.


$3,394.66 to $4,631.75 bi-weekly ($88,600 - $120,888/year)


This is full-time permanent position, for 36.25 hours per week

 What we offer:
•    Comprehensive benefits plan: https://myaps.alberta.ca/Pages/My-HR/Benefits.aspx
•    Pension plan: https://www.mepp.ca/page/mepp-home
•    Health Spending Account: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=benefits/healthspendingacct/overview&cf=2
•    Leadership and mentorship programs
•    Professional learning and development
•    Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How To Apply

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Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx
Tips for applicants: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-hiring-process.aspx

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Jane McEwen via email at Jane.McEwen@gov.ab.ca.

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.