Municipal Approvals Engineer

Posting Date: Nov 4, 2022

Location: Grande Prairie, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Municipal Approvals Engineer 

Job Requisition ID: 31275

Ministry: Environment & Protected Areas

Location: Grande Prairie

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary (2 year term)

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open Until Suitable Candidate Found

Classification: Opted Out & Excluded Engineering & Related Level 2

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:

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

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, please visit our website at:


This position will be based in Alberta’s Northwestern hub of Grande Prairie, which offers something for everyone including stunning natural landscapes and outdoor adventures. Learn more about the City of Grande Prairie at:

Reporting to the Approvals Manager, the Municipal Approvals Engineer will be responsible for the technical review of applications and preparation of approvals to establish project specific conditions, performance limits, monitoring and reporting requirements for water treatment, wastewater treatment, storm drainage systems and solid waste management facilities within Boreal District.

As the Municipal Approvals Engineer, you will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating municipal discharges and disposal of wastewater generated from communities and ensuring availability of safe drinking water in adequate quantities. These duties are performed within the parameters of the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and policies of the Department.

Working in partnership with various internal, municipal and public stakeholders, you will provide information and advice to facilitate the discussion and resolution of environmental issues in order to expedite approval processes and abatement activities. Your knowledge of physical, chemical and biological processes will be critical to your success in this position, as you are required to provide direction on process operations and control, facility modifications, treatment changes, and chemical usage.

This position requires in-depth technical knowledge and excellent verbal and written communication skills to represent the Region/Department in public forums and interaction with other stakeholders including technical experts, owners/operators of facilities and advise elected officials. It also requires the ability to cope with emergency situations and act as a member of the response team.

Role (cont'd)

Your main areas of focus will be:

  • Ensuring effective regulation of municipal facilities within the framework of legislative requirements by issuing approvals, renewals, amendments and registrations for water treatment, wastewater treatment, storm drainage systems, and solid waste management facilities.
  • Supporting continuous improvement initiatives for abatement issues (i.e. activities/actions in situations where problems are predicted to occurred, have occurred or are occurring).
  • Representing regional interests and issues thorough participation on regional working societies, internal and external review teams/committees, and provides technical expertise and input to public hearing and appeal processes.
  • Developing and implement safe drinking water program as outlined in the Water for Life strategy.
  • Conducting abatement activities at waterworks, wastewater, compost and landfill facilities.
  • Providing technical support to internal staff and external stakeholders to ensure effective community level service in the region, protection of the environment, as well as health and safety of the public.
  • Assisting in the development of regional/departmental expertise on specific activities.


Education and Experience:

  • University Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
  • 5 years of directly related experience, including:
    • Water and wastewater treatment plant unit processes.
    • Quality assurance/control relating to sampling, testing, and analysis of data.
    • Work related to relevant legislation, standards, and guidelines.
    • Public Health risk assessment.
    • Knowledge of contaminant hydrology principles related to wastewater and landfill design/operation.
  • Eligibility for membership with APEGA.

Equivalencies: Additional related education considered in lieu of experience on a one-for-one basis.

Candidates who do not meet the educational and experience requirements may be considered at lower classification and salary.


  • A Master level degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
  • Broad knowledge of water, wastewater, air, groundwater and soil quality issues.
  • Knowledge of water treatment technology, wastewater pollution control technology, stormwater management technology, water source protection and their respective principles.
  • Understanding of Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
  • Ability to interpret technical information/concepts including standards and requirements to both technical and non-technical individuals.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours 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: 

As the successful candidate, you are:

  • An exceptional communicator who enjoys dealing with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Confident in applying engineering principles and knowledge to facilities independently.
  • Capable of managing significant workloads and balancing priorities.
  • Experienced in evaluating the technological and economic viability of proposed projects.

The following key competencies will be critical behavioural characteristics required of successful candidates:

DEVELOP NETWORKS - Your demonstrated experience building trust, confidence and credibility with community and industry officials in order to establish potable water, wastewater and waste systems management strategies, clarify approval requirements and provide advice to improve environmental performance.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING - Your ability to research and develop treatment and management strategies and approval standards for potable water, waste water and waste systems for which there are no existing Alberta guidelines in place.

AGILITY - You are able to be reliable, act independently and think beyond tasks in order to accomplish organizational goals. You anticipate and adapt to rapidly changing priorities while effectively working in a variable environment.


$3,007.16 to $4,163.64 bi-weekly ($78,486 - $108,671/year)


Hours of Work: This is a temporary salaried 36.25-hour per week position.

This position has an anticipated end date of approximately June 23, 2024.

What we offer:

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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, please contact Jane McEwen via email at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.LI-A