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LSO FORS 3 - Timber Supply/Geomatics Forester

Requisition #:  42640
Department: Forests Lands Natural Res Ops
Ministry Branch / Division: Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch/Office of the Chief Forester
Posting Close Date: 2017-08-14
Multiple Locations: Nanaimo, Kamloops, Victoria, Prince George
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: 42640_JOB_PROFILE_July2017.docx
Job Summary:
Timber Supply/Geomatics Forester
Licensed Science Officer (Forester) 3
Salary:  $61,805.03 - $ 77,194.06 annually

This position can be performed from any of the following communities: Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George or Nanaimo
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.

The Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch is within Office of the Chief Forester of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  The branch’s two key programs (Forest Analysis and Forest Inventory) provide critical forest analysis, inventory data, strategic direction, and policy support to enable sustainable forest resource management, including the determination of the allowable annual cut (AAC) for timber supply areas and tree farm licence areas. 
The Forest Act requires the province’s Chief Forester to regulate timber harvest levels through AACs that reflect the sustainability of the forest as well as the social and economic objectives of the province.  The branch also contributes to informing management and decision making by providing information and analysis that help explore the implications associated with a wide range of current and evolving forest resource issues and practices, including: different management strategies and approaches to ecosystem-based management, climate change and carbon; changes to the timber harvesting land base due to land use decisions and market uncertainties; changes to forest and range tenures and legislation; trends in management for wildlife habitat; and catastrophic events (wildfires and insect attacks).

As Timber Supply/Geomatics Forester, you will undertake and document timber supply and other resource analyses, as well as provide expert timber supply and related forest management advice to the Chief Forester, the Minister, ministry managers and staff, the forest industry, and the public. Most notably you will support the Chief Forester for their allowable annual cut determinations.
You will share your expertise in quantitative methods including modelling, data analysis, and Geographic Information Systems with colleagues, specifically by keeping abreast of the latest data and tool developments. You have demonstrated your ability to develop and present findings, reports and summaries of results both verbally and in writing. Additionally, you will assist in the development of analysis models or systems, develop procedures for preparing spatial data for use in forest estate models, and provide related training or advice to a broad range of clients.

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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 Jeff.Stone@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.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 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:

  • Registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP).

Immediately eligible means you are currently a registered RFP member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to 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 or Allied Forester in Training upon employment with the Ministry. Applicants must contact ABCFP to confirm their eligibility.

  • Preference may be given to applicants with a post-graduate degree with specialization in natural resource modelling, forest biometrics, resource economics, geographic information systems, or other quantitative discipline.

  • Preference may be given to applicants with over five of forest management experience, with at least 2 years in the use and/or development of landscape level resource analysis or at least three years of forest management experience with a post-graduate degree.

Please include your registration number with Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) within your application, as you, must be registered or immediately eligibility for registration as a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with ABCFP. If you are not yet registered with the ABCFP, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a registered RFP member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to ABCFP
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.


Cover letter required:  NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed. Please select "SKIP" on the cover letter screen to continue with your application.

Résumé required: YES - Ensure your résumé provides detailed information about your education and employment history as it relates to the required job qualifications. Your résumé must include the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history, as well as the job related responsibilities.

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.  Note:  Your resume, submitted through your online profile, may be used to support the information you provide in your questionnaire. 

IMPORTANT: The online questionnaire cannot be saved and will time out after 60 minutes. You will need to complete the questionnaire and submit your application within 60 minutes or you will lose any information you have entered.  If you require more time to prepare your responses, copy the questions and prepare your responses outside of the system and paste them into the online questionnaire when you are ready to apply.  Further instructions are provided in the questionnaire and are available on the Apply for a Position page on MyHR.



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