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LSO FORS 3 - Research Silviculturist

Requisition #:  45679
Department: FLNRO and Rural Development
Ministry Branch / Division: Cariboo Natural Resource Region
Posting Close Date: 2017-12-14
Location: Williams Lake  -
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: LSO_FOR_3___Research_Silviculturist___Job_Profile.docx
Job Summary:

Research Silviculturist
Licensed Science Officer (Forester) 3
LSO FOR 3 Salary $61,805.03 - $ 77,194.06 annually
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 for potential hires to include the locations of 
Kamloops, Nelson and Cranbrook.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is responsible for the stewardship of Provincial crown land and natural resources, and protection of B.C.’s archeological and heritage resources. Overseeing a land base of 94.8 million hectares, the Ministry supports the sustainable management of forest, mineral and land resources, the property, viability and competitiveness of industries that use them, and public access for a wide range of activities such as hunting, fishing, and recreation. The Ministry is responsible for policy development, operational management and implementation, and oversees over 50 statutes and associated regulations.

This position is the scientific advisor in the field of natural resource management, who conducts applied research to support science-based decision-making and provides expert professional advice relating to silviculture and complex resource management issues. This position identifies needs, conducts research, and prepares extension materials on the silviculture components of silvicultural systems. You possess the ability to draw conclusions on complex technical issues, using advanced analytical reasoning and judgement skills. You have strong written and oral communication skills, exercising professionalism, tact and diplomacy to industry clients, external agencies and management. In addition, you possess the ability to effectively liaise with other industry clients, government agencies, First Nations, the public and diverse public interest groups.

Williams Lake is a small community with all the amenities of a larger city (pool, arenas, hospital, university campus, and arts events) yet has a low cost of living. It has many options for the outdoor enthusiast including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, horse riding, skiing, motor sports and water sports.  Williams Lake, in the heart of the Cariboo, is known for its diversity of ecosystems (grassland, forest, alpine, lakes), amazing scenery, and the Williams Lake Stampede.
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.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Michaela.Waterhouse@gov.bc.caDO 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:

  • Thesis-based M.Sc. specializing in Forestry, Forest Ecology or closely related Forest Science specialty; Plus three years of *directly related experience OR  a thesis-based Ph.D. specializing in Forestry, Forest Ecology or closely related Forest Science specialty; Plus 1 year of *directly related experience.

*Directly related experience may include: Planning or conducting research in silviculture, silvicultural systems, forest ecology, integrated resource management, and timber supply.

  • Registered or eligible for immediate registration as Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of BC Forest Professionals ABCFP. Applicants who do not meet the professional requirement may be considered at a lower classification, provided they are registered or eligible for registration as a FIT (Forester in Training) or as an ASFIT (Allied Forester in Training) with the ABCFP. Applicants must contact the ABCFP to confirm their eligibility.

  • Must have a valid BC Class 5 driver’s licence.

  • Experience in contract management is preferred.

  • Supervising experience is preferred.

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.

Resume required: YES - A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes. Please read the instructions on how to complete the Online Questionnaire below.

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.
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.

NOTE: Questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job qualifications noted above so please ensure you include all relevant information about your education and experience such as the date ranges of experience, job titles, and job duties when responding to the questionnaire. Your resume may not be reviewed for shortlisting purposes.



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