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STO 21R - Operations Technologist

Requisition #:  46192
Department: FLNRO and Rural Development
Ministry Branch / Division: BC Timber Sales - Cariboo-Chilcotin Business Area
Posting Close Date: 2017-12-15
Location: Williams Lake  -
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: OperationsTechnologist_STO_21_7AF8.pdf
Job Summary:

Operations Technologist
Scientific Technical Officer R21
Salary $55,422.02 - $63,164.54 annually 

An eligibility list may be established for similar vacancies within BC Timber Sales.
Bring your forestry operations experience to this exciting opportunity. A rewarding opportunity exists for an experienced forest technologist in the community of Williams Lake, BC.

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) was founded in 2003 with a mandate to provide the cost and price benchmarks for timber harvested from public land in British Columbia.  BCTS plans, develops, and auctions as much as 20% of the province’s annual available volume.  The bid prices received from auctioned timber and costs of developing the timber are available to support market pricing of the province’s timber.  BCTS is an autonomous organization within the Ministry with staff located in the headquarters unit in Victoria and in the 12 Business Areas (BAs), which are geographically dispersed throughout the province.  Despite its operational and financial independence, BCTS remains a proud part of the Natural Resource Sector and maintains mutually productive and beneficial relations with all other parts of the Ministry.

BCTS has one primary goal and three objectives that are guided by the overriding principles of safety, sound forest management and effective relationships.
Goal: To provide credible representative price and cost benchmark data for the market pricing system through auctions of public timber.


  1. Sell the full BCTS allowable annual cut over the business cycle, consistent with sustainable forest management.

  2. Generate net direct revenue and indirect provincial government revenue over the business cycle.

  3. Pursue continuous business improvement within BCTS, across government and with third party partners and customers.

BCTS is committed to the safety of all people affected by its operations which is demonstrated by the achievement of SAFE Company certification.  Sound forest management is another commitment of BCTS.  BCTS is the largest tree planter in the province and has achieved and maintained certification of an Environmental Management System in all BAs under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001) and achieving Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification over 100% of its operating areas.
The Operations Technician is responsible for developing operating standards, implementing new forest management practices, coordinating technical activities, monitoring adherence to legislative, environmental standards and providing technical expertise to staff in Timber Sales License (TSL) development, operations, silviculture and forest health (FH) activities.

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. Williams Lake is a warm and inviting community that offers breath-taking surroundings, a wide variety of all-season indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, quality education facilities, and an accessible purchase housing market. To learn more about this community, please access the web link provided above.
A career path in BC Timber Sales offers exceptional opportunities to develop new solutions to complex problems, and to learn and grow personally and professionally. Existing and future 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.
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, requirements and qualifications, please refer to the attached job profile. 

For specific position related enquiries, please contact Sydney.Monteith@gov.bc.ca .  DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For 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 


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:

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

  • Two years (gained within the last five years) of experience in one or more operational field-based forestry activities such as tenure development, road and block layout, silviculture, timber tenure administration and forestry contract administration.

  • Or an equivalent combination of education or experience such as, or five years (gained within the last seven years) of experience in one or more operational field-based forestry activities such as tenure development, road and block layout, silviculture, timber tenure administration and forestry contract administration.

  • Applicants must be registered or eligible for registration with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP) as a Registered Forest Technologist or equivalent.

  • Preference may be given to applicants with three years (gained within the last five years) of experience with specific forestry experience in one or more operational field-based forestry activities (such as tenure development, road and block layout, silviculture, timber tenure administration or forestry contract administration.


  • Must be willing and able to withstand the rigors of fieldwork.

  • Must be willing to work in adverse weather conditions.

  • Must be willing and able to travel to meet job requirements.

  • Must be willing and able to travel in fixed and or rotary winged aircraft and or watercraft.

Please include your registration number with Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) within your application, as you, must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) with ABCFP. If you are not yet registered with the ABCFP, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a registered RFT 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.


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 - 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. If you do not clearly identify how you meet the education and experience requirements for the position, your application will not be considered.

Online Questionnaire:  YES - As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications. Your questionnaire must provide detailed information about your education and experience including the job related responsibilities and related the month(s) and year(s) history.
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 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, submitted through your online profile, will be used to support the information you provide in your questionnaire.



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