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STO-RE 27R - Protected Areas Applied Ecologist (Aquatic/Marine)

Requisition #:  41046
Department: Min of Environment
Ministry Branch / Division: Prov Services Branch / BC Parks
Posting Close Date: 2017-05-26
Location: Victoria  -
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: Job_Profile_Protected_Areas_Applied_Ecologist__Aquatic_Marine ...
Job Summary:

Protected Areas Applied Ecologist (Aquatic/Marine)
Scientific Technical Officer (Resource) 27
Salary $66,200.03 - $75,658.71 annually

This position is located in Victoria, BC
An eligibility list may be established

Put your understanding of marine and freshwater ecosystems to work for BC’s magnificent protected areas.

BC Parks is entrusted with promoting and guiding the effective management, conservation and protection of the natural, recreational and cultural heritage values in the province’s protected areas system, one of the largest systems in North America. The BC protected areas system includes over 1000 protected areas covering more than14% of the provincial land base and almost half a million hectares (or approximately 1%) of BC’s coastal and ocean area, forming the cornerstone of biodiversity protection in the province. The Conservation Section at BC Parks is responsible for setting provincial policy and guidance in these program areas in addition to working with partners inside and outside of government to implement principles of conservation biology to protect ecological integrity.

This position coordinates and leads the research, analysis, development and implementation of policies and legislation for and on behalf of the BC Parks Conservation Program. The focus of this position is freshwater aquatic and coastal marine ecosystems within the protected areas system. The successful person will work closely with staff in the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. As a key resource for regions, the successful person will liaise with and provide policy advice and guidance regularly to operational staff and volunteers and will provide applied science advice related to protected areas to decision makers, staff and ministry executive. They will also be involved in planning activities for existing and new marine components of protected areas.

If you are a multi-tasker with a knack for collaboration and influence that enjoys employing your expertise of marine and aquatic ecosystems to achieve results on the ground, then we encourage your application.  For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position-related enquiries, please contact James.Quayle@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  If you experience technical difficulties submitting your online profile, or for more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the “HOW TO APPLY” section below.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm 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 and experience as outlined below:

  • Degree in biological sciences, natural resource management, or equivalent plus 5 years’ related experience; OR
  • Master of Science in biological sciences or natural resource management, with 4 years’ related experience; OR
  • PhD degree in biological sciences or natural resource management, with 3 years’ related experience; OR
  • Other equivalent combination of education and related experience may be considered; i.e. Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) and 7 years’ related experience.
 Related Experience: 
  • Experience providing scientific advice to scientists and non-scientists, decision-makers and other agencies in coastal marine or aquatic natural resource management. 
  • Experience managing complex and sensitive natural resource management issues/projects in a team environment.  
  • Demonstrated project or policy leadership experience, including working collaboratively with internal and external teams. 
  • Experience in negotiating/mediating solutions with external and internal stakeholder groups. 
  • Experience in concisely and persuasively writing a range of documents/content.

Preference may be given to applicants with the experience in one or more of the following:

  • Protected area management, or a field of applied ecology that is directly related.
  • Marine protected area planning and policy development.
  • A wide range of aquatic and coastal marine issues, activities, and management approaches, relevant to protected areas management (e.g., ecosystem classification, impact assessment, recreation management).
  • Working with and developing provincial, federal, and/or local government natural resource legislation and policy.

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.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


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Online Questionnaire: YES - As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications. You need to allot 30-60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
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