Scientific/Technical Officer R21 – Resources
This position is located in Nelson, BC; due to the nature of this position, other locations will not be considered.
An eligibility list may be established for future similar positions in Nelson.
There is currently a temporary opportunity available until March 31, 2021, this temporary opportunity may be extended. For more details on the duration of this opportunity please contact Marley Bassett at Marley.Bassett@gov.bc.ca.
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 BC’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 Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes Reservoir Nutrient Restoration Programs (NRPs) are long term compensation programs whereby nutrient additions to both systems are actively managed to restore pelagic productivity. Program implementation includes a wide range of activities involving multiple partners and procurement arrangements, such as fertilizer purchase and dispensing, limnological monitoring and analyses, kokanee assessments (hydroacoustic and trawl surveys), spawner enumeration, a creel survey, and predator monitoring. Success of these NRPs relies heavily on the limnological and kokanee monitoring results.
This position is a unique opportunity in the Kootenay Region; job responsibilities will cover a range of duties both in the office and in the field on Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes Reservoir. As the Fisheries Technologist reporting to the Fish Restoration Biologist, you play a key role supporting the delivery of technical biological services to meet the long-term compensation programs for the Region and Ministry. Specifically, the Position would be responsible for overseeing the NRPs field monitoring program, including planning and coordination as well as contract management and working and collaborating with other FLNRORD staff, First Nations and other partners. Field components include work on Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes Reservoir, where competence with large boat operation and trailering will be needed. Field work will include, but not limited to, limnological sampling (collecting, analysing and shipping), trawling and fish processing, and spawner enumeration. A portion of the limnology sampling and trawling is conducted at night.
Located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, Nelson is home to a large variety of outdoor activities, and its proximity to Whitewater Ski Resort allows for skiers of all levels to test out the Nelson powder. Nelson also hosts events all year long, such as the Cottonwood Farmers Market and the Shambhala Music Festival.
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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 Marley.Bassett@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your 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 Standard 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 and experience as outlined below:
- Diploma in biological sciences, ecology or related natural resource field, plus experience working on aquatic monitoring projects.
- Experience working on large water bodies (>1000 ha).
- Experience with data management, analysis and report writing.
- Experience with Microsoft Office; specifically, Excel.
- Have, or willing and able to obtain First Aid Certification, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) and Heavy Trailer Endorsement (HTE).
Preference may be given for one or more of the following:
- Degree in biological sciences, ecology or related natural resource field, experience working on aquatic monitoring projects
- Experience in planning, implementing and coordinating complex aquatic field programs.
- Experience with contracts; preparation, monitoring performance and authorizing payment.
- Experience with R.
- Limnology sampling and trawling experience
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
CRC – A Criminal Record Check [CRC] will be required.
Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.
Résumé: YES – A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.
Questionnaire [COMPREHENSIVE]: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements and preferred education and/or experiences listed in the job profile. 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. Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your résumé may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.