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STO 18R - Forest Technologist

Requisition #:  44429
Department: Forests Lands Natural Res Ops
Ministry Branch / Division: BC Timber Sales
Posting Close Date: 2017-10-31
Multiple Locations: Dawson Creek, Smithers, Fort Nelson, Vernon, Revelstoke, Squamish, Cranbrook, Queen Charlotte, Williams Lake, Nakusp, Port Alberni, Clearwater, Port McNeill, Vanderhoof, Terrace, Houston, Hazelton, 100 Mile House, Nelson, Burns Lake, Castlegar, Chilliwack, Mackenzie, Fort St James, Kamloops, Grand Forks, Powell River, Campbell River, Quesnel, Fort St John, Prince George
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: Forest_Technologist_STO_18R_JP.docx
Job Summary:
STO 18R - Forest Technologist
Salary:   $49,917.96- $56,739.27 annually

Apply now for Forest Technologist positions across British Columbia

We are establishing an inventory of applicants to fill Forest Technologist positions with BC Timber Sales. We are currently seeking to fill full-time and part-time permanent and temporary positions throughout British Columbia.
Applicant inventories are used to streamline the recruitment experience. They are designed so applicants can be considered for multiple opportunities with the BC Public Service. Successful applicants will be placed into an applicant inventory and notified of opportunities as they arise. Only members of the inventory will be provided access to postings for these jobs.

Before you apply, please read this important information on Applicant Inventories and how they work - 
Applicant Inventories on MyHR

Grow your career with BC Timber Sales

A career path in BC Timber Sales (BCTS) offers exceptional opportunities to develop new solutions to complex problems, and to learn and grow personally and professionally. BCTS employees have the opportunity to impact public and private forests, communities, the economy and the lives of British Columbians in positive and unique ways.

BCTS is a semi-autonomous program within the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. BCTS plans, develops, and sells through auction, a substantial and representative portion of the Province’s annual available timber volume.

As a Forest Technologist, you will perform a variety of technical and operational duties to support the planning, engineering and reforestation activities of the Timber Sales Office. Applying your knowledge of technical forestry management and field operations, you will estimate and compile resource needs, cost requirements, and conduct resource assessments. An integral part of a high-functioning, multidisciplinary field team, you will perform various activities required to develop Timber Sales Licenses and support Field Team operations.

An excellent verbal and written communicator, you act as the liaison between stakeholders, participate on a variety of committees, and prepare and present technical reports. In this multifaceted role, you will be actively engaged in field activities, make independent decisions and play an important role in the community. This position can require physically demanding field work (several days per week) with the potential for adverse weather conditions. The job can also require that you work alone in semi-isolated areas.

If you are a motivated self-starter seeking an opportunity to advance your forestry career and gain valuable experience, we look forward to receiving your application.

Why Work for Us!
Not only does the role of a Forest Technologist provide an exciting career opportunity, as a BC Public Servant you are eligible for:
  • A generous moving allowance (for more information check out the MyHR website)
  • A thirty-five hour work week
  • Three weeks of vacation to start
  • Eligibility for the Pacific Leaders Loan Forgiveness Program for BC Student Loans
  • Financial assistance for obtaining your professional designation
  • Financial assistance for career development
  • A competitive salary and benefits package which includes: Basic and extended health and dental, group life insurance, an employee and family assistance program, and a pension plan that ranks among the best!
This is your opportunity to build your career and to gain a better understanding of all the public service has to offer, such as competitive employee benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with an award winning employer.  The BC Public Service encourages a healthy work/life balance that enables you to take advantage of the community and surrounding area in which you live. For more information, please visit What The BC Public Service Offers You.

For a full description of accountabilities and qualifications, please review the attached job description.  If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Colleen.Plunkett@gov.bc.ca.  DO NOT APPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  

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 become a member of the inventory, applicants that meet the minimum requirements will be invited to: complete a written assessment, participate in a virtual interview, and attend a mandatory online orientation session.

Those who submit their applications to the inventory early may have earlier access to opportunities.
Applicants that meet the minimum requirements can expect to be invited to complete the assessment process according to the tentative schedule noted below:

  For applications received by October 9 For applications received between October 10 and 31
Written Test October 16 - October 18 November 8-November 10
Interview October 26 - November 3 November 27-November 29
Orientation to the Inventory November 8 – November 14 December 4 – December 10
Note: Specific dates and times may change. Updates and other communications will be shared with applicants by email.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Graduation from an approved technical institute with a diploma or a degree in resource or forestry management

  • Two years of experience in operational field forestry activities (such as timber harvesting cut-block development, forest road engineering, silviculture, harvest operations or compliance and enforcement).

  • Or an equivalent combination of education or experience such as, five or more years of experience in forestry activities.

  • Applicants must be registered or immediately eligible to be registered as a Registered Forest Professional with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP).

  • Must possess at minimum a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License that does not limit or restrict the ability to conduct the duties of the job.

Please Note:

Registration with the ABCFP as a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) is a requirement of this position. Lesser qualified applicants may be considered at a lower classification if they can provide proof of registration with the ABCFP as a Trainee Forest Technologist (TFT) or Forester in Training (FIT) and attain their RFT designation with 24 months of employment.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the ABCFP to confirm eligibility, and provide proof of registration/eligibility upon request.

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.


1. Resume required:  YES - Prior to submitting your application for this opportunity, update your resume profile by using the copy and paste function to add your resume. Your resume should provide detailed information about your education, training, experience and employment history. Include the month and year(s) for each work employment history as well as the job related responsibilities.  Note:  Resumes will only be used to clarify questionnaire anomalies.

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

3. Online Questionnaire:  YES - As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to identify your areas of qualification and to indicate the inventories for which your application is to be considered.

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 also available on the Resources for Applicants page on MyHR



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