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LSO FORS 2 - Practices Forester *Posting Extended*ExpectedStartDateAmended

Requisition #:  48076
Department: FLNRO and Rural Development
Ministry Branch / Division: BCTS - Okanagan-Columbia Business Area
Posting Close Date: 2018-02-25
Location: Vernon  -
Job Type: Temporary (Auxiliary)
Temporary End Date: 2019-08-02
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: PracticesForester.pdf
Job Summary:

Practices Forester
Licensed Science Officer (Forester) 2
Salary $56,380.02 - $70,418.15 annually effective February 4, 2018

This is a 13 month temporary opportunity from approx. April 23, 2018. Regular employees must have their supervisor's approval prior to applying on the temporary opportunity. A permanent appointment may result from this temporary opportunity.
An eligibility list may be established for similar temporary or permanent positions in the Business Area.
Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification.
This posting is not limited to the geographic area.

An exciting multi-faceted opportunity in professional forestry with BC Timber Sales

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) plans, develops, and sells through auction, a substantial and representative portion of the Province’s annual available timber volume. The bid prices received from auctioned timber support the Market Pricing System (MPS) in setting stumpage rates for coastal and interior operating areas of the province. The costs incurred by BCTS also provide data for the Tenure Obligation Adjustments, contributing to another integral part of the MPS.
The goal of BCTS is to provide credible representative price and cost benchmark data for the MPS through auctions of public timber. BCTS has three objectives supporting its goal.

  1. Sell the full BCTS allowable apportionment over the business cycle, consistent with safe practices and 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.

 To find out more about our program check out the BCTS website

The Practices Forester is accountable for performing a wide variety of professional services to support the development and operational stages of pre and post Timber Sales License (TSL) awards, active harvesting, and silviculture operations.  Responsibilities include operational planning, cut block and forest road layout and development, planning and evaluating silviculture activities, and ensuring compliance with the Forest Stewardship Plan.  The Practices Forester is responsible for ensuring all activities associated with these responsibilities are consistent with BCTS business and financial goals and objectives and are effective and appropriate. The range of duties assigned to a particular Practices Forester will vary from BA to BA due to the geographic location, apportionment and management requirements

The Practices Forester reports to the Woodlands Supervisor who provides professional advice and direction to the practice forester.  In turn the practices forester provides professional advice to technicians and contractors.

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. Consider this exciting opportunity to live and work in the thriving and vibrant community of Vernon, British Columbia. Vernon is surrounded by the beautiful panorama of the BC outdoors and warm lakes, offers year-round, unlimited outdoor activities, amazing cultural opportunities and a welcoming atmosphere. To learn more, please access the web link provided.

In addition to this exciting opportunity and amazing locations, 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 2018 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. This is a temporary opportunity therefore, in lieu of health and welfare benefits, auxiliary employees receive a compensation allowance of $0.72 per working hour, up to a maximum of $50.40 per biweekly pay period.  To find out more, explore What the BC Public Service offers You

For complete details on the qualifications and accountabilities, please review the attached job profile.

To learn more about these opportunities please contact: Richard.Garner@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:

  • A Registered Professional Forester (RPF), or be eligible for registration as an RPF with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and two years (gained within the last five years) of experience in operational forestry such as forest tenures, cut-block and road development, engineering, silviculture, harvest operations or compliance and enforcement.

  • 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 position.


  • 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.


Preference may be given to applicants with specific forestry experience in one or more operational field-based forestry activities such as forest tenures, cut-block and road development, engineering, silviculture, harvest operations, planning integrated resource management or forestry contract administration.

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) may 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 - 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. 

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 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
It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the ABCFP to confirm eligibility, and possibly provide proof of registration/eligibility.

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.
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.



The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


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