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LSO FORS 2 - Tenures Forester

Requisition #:  44635
Department: FLNRO and Rural Development
Ministry Branch / Division: Skeena Regional Operations
Posting Close Date: 2018-01-04
Location: Smithers
Multiple Locations:
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: Job_Profile_Tenures_Forester.docx
Job Summary:


Tenures Forester

Licensed Science Officer (Forester) 2
Salary $55,601.52 -$69,445.80 annually, plus $32.89 bi-weekly isolation allowance

An eligibility list may be established
Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development has a mandate to manage specified Crown land and resources in a manner that embraces the economic, environmental and social goals of government. These results are all essential to improving the global competitiveness of BC industry and our ability to attract private investment and to stimulate economic growth and job creation across the province.

The Tenures Forester is a multi-faceted position, providing professional advisory services in the natural resource management field, including all aspects of decision support to Statutory/Delegated Decision Makers.  A key component of this position is the ability to build and maintain collaborative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders to ensure effective resolution to land and resource issues.  Additionally, this role leads or supports projects, conflict resolution activities, public consultation processes and education initiatives to negotiate and resolve disputes among conflicting parties, including First Nations’ groups, over the use of Crown resources to promote decisions that provide for best use of the natural resources.  Other important accountabilities include: developing and implementing new operational procedures, policies and standards, and providing guidance to staff carrying out related assignments; recommending changes in legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, or inter-agency agreements to increase efficiency; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of prescriptions and plans; and, analyzing, evaluating, and determining the highest and best use of natural resources to minimize effects on other values, including determining appropriate tenure, real property valuation (rental/sale price), including land, timber or improvements.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Ron.Donnelly@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.

Smithers is part of the natural splendour of Northwestern BC and is filled with activities like fishing, boating, camping, hiking, skiing, and shopping. This quaint town with a friendly atmosphere is a wonderful place to live and visit. 

In addition to this exciting opportunity in an amazing location, the BC Public Service is an award winning employer in British Columbia, including such accolades as being one of BC's Top Employers for 2017, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2017 and one of Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers in 2017.  The BC Public Service offers a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits, including one of the best pension plans available, and a variety of opportunities for career learning and development.  Regular, full time Professional Employee Association members are also entitled to 7% allowance in Lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby (taken as time or money), have a 35 hour work week, and 4 weeks’ annual paid leave entitlement.  To find out more, explore What the BC Public Service offers You

NOTE: 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, experience and professional designation requirements as outlined below:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a resource management related field (i.e.:  Geography, Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Agriculture, Forestry, Land Planning, Land Use Economics, etc.) plus three years of progressively responsible recent experience in a resource management related field; OR, education equivalency as recognized by the professional association for registration as a designated professional and three years of recent related natural resource experience; AND,
  • Registered as a Professional Forester (RPF), with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals or, immediately eligible for registration* as a professional forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP). 

    * Note:  immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer your current membership from another Canadian jurisdiction to the ABCFP.  Applicants who do not meet the RPF requirement may be considered at a lower level, subject to having their Forester in Training designation and are eligible to become a Registered Professional Forester within 12 months upon employment with the Ministry.  Applicants must contact ABCFP to confirm their eligibility.
  • Experience working in the field of resource management, preferably with forestry.
  • Experience with valuation analysis, techniques, and principles to ensure a fair and equitable return to the Crown for the allocation of these and related resources (i.e. timber), is preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5, BC Driver’s Licence.
  • Willingness to do 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.
  • May be required to operate field equipment (i.e., quad, snowmobile).
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.


Professional Designation:  YES - Must be registered, or immediately eligible for registration, as Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. As noted above, applicants who do not meet the RPF requirement may be considered at a lower level, subject to having their Forester in Training designation and are eligible to become a Registered Professional Forester within 12 months upon employment with the Ministry.  Applicants must contact ABCFP to confirm their eligibility.

Cover letter required: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

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 must provide detailed information about your education and experience including the job related responsibilities and the month(s) and year(s) for your education and for each job in your employment history.



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