As a hydrometrics technologist with the Water Survey of Canada, a division of Environment Canada, I survey and monitor water and discharge levels throughout the province of Saskatchewan. A fun but hazardous task at times, my position involves working through ice jam season and spring freshet, drilling holes in river ice in -30 temperatures, and wading streams once the ice cover has melted. The position is extremely versatile - working with the most high-tech acoustic Doppler current profiler systems and computation software available, in combination with obtaining field measurements in order to provide the most reliable data possible, can be a very fun and challenging task.
The field aspect of the job is what drew me to work for the Water Survey of Canada. Throughout the pursuit of my B.A. with Honours in Geography at the University of Ottawa, I participated in every field course I could sign up for. These included a glaciology course in Antarctica, a Northern field course in the Kluane region of the Yukon Territory, a permafrost course in central Norway through the Cryo-Ex program, a compulsory field course in Western Quebec, and local field courses and trips related to geomorphology and hydrology. Because the geography department at the U of O strives to take its students into the field, and has a strong focus on experiential learning, I was able to learn both practical and theoretical aspects of hydrology, and find work in my field of interest.
With many advancement opportunities within the Water Survey of Canada, the possibility to move across the country, a fun work atmosphere and many hours spent out-of-doors, I have quite possibly found the perfect job for a geographer.