Licensed Science Officer (Forester) 2
***POSTING AMENDED-CLOSE DATE EXTENDED***
One (1) Full-time position available
Position located in Merritt, BC
Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification
An eligibility list may be established
An exciting opportunity for a dedicated, senior professional committed to excellence in sustainable forest management
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is the Province’s agency responsible for land and resource management in BC, which includes the protection of the Province’s archaeological and heritage resources. Operating on a provincial land base of over 94 million hectares, the Ministry ensures the sustainable management of forest, wildlife, water and other land based resources; works with Indigenous and rural communities to strengthen and diversify their economies; and, supports activities that provide environmental, economic, cultural and social benefits. The Ministry is responsible for wildfire management and facilitates safe public access to a wide range of recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and access to B.C.’s wilderness and backcountry. The Ministry oversees policy development, operational management and implementation, and administers all or part of over 60 statutes and associated regulations.
The Cascades Natural Resource District Team provides expert advice and decision support related to sustainable timber supply and professional advice and opinions related to operational and strategic plans that apply to the working forest. The team also assists with the development, monitoring, and evaluation of forest management standards and practices.
This is a rewarding opportunity for a professional forester in Merritt. As the Licensed Resource Officer – Tenures/Stewardship, you join a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and assist with the review of strategic and operational plans as well as the development of operational goals that comply with the Forest Act, Forest and Range Practices Act, and other relevant legislation. Additional duties include identifying, obtaining and preparing a wide range of scientifically-based data related to on-the-ground forest practices required for the development and evaluation of area-specific standards and management practices. An effective written and verbal communicator, you liaise with ministry staff in other resource agencies and assist with the communication of area-specific standards for forest practices.
Merritt’s rolling hills, sparkling lakes and over 2,030 hours of sunshine every year is a haven for four-season outdoor recreation. Summer offers some of the best sailing and windsurfing in North America, with nearby Nicola Lake also offering a myriad of options for water activities. There is three season usage of endless trail systems for renowned mountain biking and hiking. Winter brings opportunities for activities such as Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and even curling.
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.
This is an opportunity to work in a collaborative, energetic team environment, engage in exciting field work and advance your forestry career. For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Tammy.Caruso@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your résumé and applying for jobs, are available on the following MyHR page: Your Job Application.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:
- Degree (or higher) in the natural resource field; OR equivalent as recognized by the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals, and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience (gained over the last 10 years); OR an equivalent combination of education and experience in a resource management related field may be considered.
- Registered member in good standing as a Professional Forester with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP) OR *immediately eligible for registration with the ABCFP.
NOTE: *Immediately eligible means you have a professional designation (in good standing) in an applicable Canadian jurisdiction and you are immediately able to transfer to the ABCFP. Applicants who do not meet the professional requirement may be considered at a lower level, subject to confirmation of eligibility for registration as Forester in Training (FIT) or Allied Forester in Training (ASFIT) immediately upon employment with the Ministry. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure eligibility.
Preference may be given to applicants with one (1) or more of the following:
- Experience in consulting, negotiating and resolving conflicts with stakeholders in natural resource management.
- Demonstrated experience with administrative and/or operational activities in tenures and land management.
- Experience and/or training in contract monitoring and administration.
PROVISOS AND WILLINGNESS STATEMENT:
- Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (Note: It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position).
- Valid BC class 5 driver’s licence.
- Meet safety standards of WorkSafeBC.
- May be required to operate a variety of equipment.
- Willingness to conduct field work which may include 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.
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.
Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or *immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. NOTE: *immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable Canadian jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the ABCFP. Confirmation of registration/ eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made. Applicants who do not meet the professional requirement may be considered at a lower level, subject to confirmation of eligibility for registration as Forester in Training (FIT) or Allied Forester in Training (ASFIT) immediately upon employment with the Ministry. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure eligibility.
Cover letter required: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.
Resume required: YES – A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes. Please 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.
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.