Fisheries Stock Assessment Biologist
An eligibility list may be established.
An exciting opportunity to contribute to the Fish and Wildlife Program in British Columbia
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is charged with developing programs and initiatives which protect, restore and enhance the Province’s natural fish resources. The responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Program is to manage fish, fish habitat and fisheries for the people of British Columbia. The main strategies of the program are to conserve wild fish stocks, protect and manage fish habitat, serve the public interest and practice strong corporate management.
The regional program objectives are consistent with the provincial goals and include developing, implementing and enforcing strategies necessary for the protection of wild stocks to accommodate present and future recreational demands through a variety of management techniques including stock assessment, restoration and enhancement, habitat protection, land management, planning, research, and inventory, and to provide diversified and quality angling opportunities.
Under the limited direction of the Fish and Wildlife Section Head, the regional Fisheries Stock Assessment Biologist leads the planning, development and implementation of programs to manage, assess and monitor wild fish stocks, fish habitat and sport fisheries. The incumbent represents one of a very limited number of regional specialists that collaborate to address stock assessment issues of provincial concern. This includes provision of specialist advice to senior management, staff and others at regional and provincial levels on fisheries enhancement, habitat protection, compensation and mitigation, population dynamics and fish ecology. In all cases the specialist advice will use the best available science, including computer simulations and high level statistics to distil complicated ecological dynamics into easily interpretable targets for management policies and actions. Responsibilities include determining the effects of hatchery fish on wild fish stocks, optimal use of hatchery stocks to increase angling opportunities; recommending regional and ministerial priorities for fisheries restoration and enhancement, habitat acquisition and technical direction of fisheries compensation and mitigation activities; ensuring effective and efficient regional and province-wide program operations; designing stock assessment programs. This position provides quantitative expertise for other Fisheries Program staff at regional and provincial levels and collaborates with other resource agencies and industry on the conservation of wild fish stocks, the maintenance of biological diversity in fish communities, the development and maintenance of sport fishing and the appreciative use of fish.
This stock assessment position undertakes complex bio-statistical modeling to prioritize and evaluate research projects, answer applied management questions and recommend effective management actions. In this position, the incumbent must deal with a range of problems including separating fish production by stock and/or habitat as well as developing biostandards and management strategies. Some of the work is based on unproven technology, while requiring considerable practical judgement combined with innovation and application of principles of experimental design. Recommendations made by the incumbent of this position are critical to the management, protection, and enhancement of the fisheries resource in the Thompson-Okanagan region and the fisheries resource at the Provincial level.
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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Gerad.Hales@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:
- Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences or equivalent, and a minimum of 8 years of related experience; OR
- Masters Degree in biological sciences or equivalent, and a minimum of 4 years of related experience; OR
- PhD in biological sciences or equivalent, and a minimum of 1 year of related experience.
- Registered as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology, immediately eligible to transfer a current membership as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology, or eligible to apply to the College of Applied Biology as an RPBio within six months of employment.
- Experience in quantitative fish biology, including data collection and handling, statistical analysis, computer modeling of population dynamics, and/or report writing.
- Experience with stock assessment field work.
- Experience planning, coordinating, and/or implementing fisheries research projects.
- Experience presenting complex fisheries-related information to government organizations, non-government organizations, stakeholders, educational institutions, and/or members of the public.
- Experience with project management and/or budgets, including leading and/or supervising staff or project teams.
- Experience interpreting and applying environmental management legislation, regulations and/or policies.
Preference may be given to applicants with any of the following:
- Experience integrating, analyzing and/or interpreting biological data as it relates to freshwater fisheries management.
- Experience working effectively with Indigenous peoples on fisheries management issues.
- Valid B.C. driver’s licence or equivalent.
- Meet safety standards of Work Safe BC.
- May require the operation of a variety of equipment.
- Conducts field work which may include the following: travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in rough camp conditions and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
- Ability to carry equipment and supplies in difficult terrain.
Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or immediately eligible to transfer a current membership as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology, or eligible to apply to the College of Applied Biology as an RPBio within six months of employment. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, please explain how you are immediately eligible to transfer a current membership for registration (i.e. currently a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) member in good standing in another location and can immediately transfer to the CAB). To assess your ability to meet these criteria, please visit the CAB website academic self-assessment tool.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
Cover letter required: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.
Resume required: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.
Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.