Soils Analyst with BC Public Service

Contribute your flair for organization and prioritization

Within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), the Knowledge Management Branch (KMB) provides leadership and service for the management of BC’s natural resources through: the acquisition, storage, management, provisioning, visualization, analysis, reporting and publication of scientific and technical data and information.  With a focus on client service, KMB; provides innovative, high-quality analytical support; manages key fish, wildlife and ecosystem data and information systems; leads the modernization of water, species and ecosystems information systems; administers and in some cases operates various environmental climate monitoring networks; reports on environmental indicators through State of Environment Reporting; conducts environmental economic analysis and reporting; and provides laboratory, library and knowledge services.

The Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (the Laboratory) provides innovative, high-quality analytical chemistry support to the natural resource sector on a cost recovery basis.  The Laboratory conducts routine chemical, physical, and biological tests on soil, water, and vegetation to support environmental monitoring.  It also completes customized or specialized analyses and method development to support emerging research.  The Laboratory processes several thousand samples each year. 

The Ministry supports the Government of British Columbia in its focus on building a true and lasting vision of reconciliation.  The Ministry is committed to building and maintaining partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and the KMB reflects this commitment in its collaboration with First Nations.

Working under the general direction of the Unit Head, the Soils Analyst analyses a variety of environmental, agricultural and forestry soil, plant and water samples.  This position is the primary operator for the combustion, colorimetric autoanalyzer’s and UV-vis spectrophotometer instruments and the secondary operator of the instruments primarily operated by the Metals Analyst and the Organic Analyst (see Addendum).  This position works independently to plan, prioritize, schedule and conduct a high volume of complex scientific chemical, physical, and biological analyses, using a variety of testing methodologies, sophisticated computer applications/systems, sensitive laboratory equipment and complicated diagnostics for themselves and support staff.  The Soils Analyst is responsible for reviewing datasets to ensure all quality control specifications have been met prior to reporting results to the unit supervisor.  The Soils Analyst provides the lab and clients with the theoretical knowledge pertaining to soil chemistry, physics, and preparation.

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 an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: or by phone: 778-698-1336.

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Page created: 20.07.2021 | Page updated: 20.07.2021

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