Competition # : 33258
Department: Natural Resources & Renewables
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG
Salary Information: $1,880.06 – $2,796.86 Bi-Weekly
Closing Date: 11/18/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
The Fleet Management and Forest Protection Division is responsible for:
The health of Nova Scotia’s Woodlands by protecting them from forest pests and wildland fires,
Providing centralized aviation services to government departments and agencies for forest fire detection and suppression, provincial emergency situations, ground search and rescue, medical evacuations, aerial surveys, and resource development and management,
Fleet Management to ensure a high quality, safe and reliable motorized fleet of vehicles is available to the department, province-wide,
The science, technology, and business planning components of the provincial forest protection programs.
About Our Opportunity
Reporting to the Manager of Risk Services within the Forest Protection Division, the Junior Forest Analyst will work closely with the Risk Services GIS Analyst and Provincial Fire Science Officer and other Risk Services and Forest Health staff to provide science and GIS support to the Provinces Forest Health and Wildland Fire Management programs, and other Departmental projects as needed.
You will assist with the following: update and maintenance of key databases; functioning of all programs and applications used to support the Provinces Fire Centre, development of decision support tools and risk models, risk analyses (forest pests and fire), analysis of current and historic field data, maintenance of the Provinces fire weather station network, and GIS support including the development of new applications and tools to detect natural disturbances, and collect and share forest health and wildfire information. With respect to the latter, as a member of the Risk Services Unit, you will assist with the evaluation of different risk and hazard management systems including the use of remote sensing for the detection of natural disturbances caused by insects and diseases, forest fires, and climate changes.
As required, you will also take part in field, aerial, and lab work to collect forest health data and assist in other Forest Protection activities as required. Field work may be in rugged and isolated terrain, and during inclement weather resulting in walking in hazardous conditions (e.g. slippery footing, sharp stumps, blow down and hanging trees). As the successful candidate, you will understand the challenges of completing field work in a demanding outdoor environment and be confident in your abilities to complete tasks assigned to them. Data collection may also involve working in helicopters or fixed wing aircraft.
You will use your professional skills, knowledge, and judgment to help in making informed decisions regarding risks to and the protection of the Provinces Forest Resources. This will include helping to perform tasks in the provincial fire center, including fire duty as the Provincial Duty Officer as needed. You will be required to demonstrate analytical thinking, initiative, innovation, and an ability to communicate and work effectively with others. In addition, there is a strong collaborative and creative component where the science of forest protection is constantly evolving with improved methods, technologies, and control methods. In your role you will be required to develop effective working relationships with others both within and outside of government.
Qualifications and Experience
You are a highly motivated professional with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Environmental studies or Applied Science with strong Geomatics skills. You must have the ability to deal with multiple ongoing complex projects and as needed be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
You have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft software products, computer modelling, and GIS products such as ArcGIS online/portal, QGIS, and ArcMap, and use of remote sensing tools. You have excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills to communicate complex issues clearly and credibly with widely varied audiences.
As the ideal candidate you are able to think creatively and embrace change, recognize when a new approach is needed; integrate new information quickly while considering different options, introduce new approaches. You are highly motivated, a strong team player, can work with a minimum of supervision as required, and you produce accurate and reliable results.
While not required, it is considered an asset if you have knowledge/experience in forest health or forest protection.
We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.
Generally, working in an office environment.
You must have a valid driver license and travel within the province will be required. Participation on various working groups may also require out of province travel.
On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.
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Department Specific Flexible working schedules.