The Human Wildlife Coexistence Specialist is an experienced and capable program leader, supervisor, and mentor in operational delivery of the Human-Wildlife Coexistence Program. Reporting to the wildlife ecologist, the position works as part of the Resource Conservation team to ensure ecological integrity and the safety and well-being of both the ecosystem and public in Jasper National Park. Duties include conducting active management operations, support for science-based adaptive management, as well as planning for daily operational needs in a dynamic and challenging wildlife-human interface environment.
Key duties include:
• ensuring staff are adequately trained and prepared for wildlife conflict responses;
• leading responses for complex incidents;
• critical thinking to identify problems and solutions related to human-wildlife coexistence, including support for science-based decisions in an adaptive management framework;
• providing control and stewardship of a significant inventory of firearms and immobilization equipment and drugs;
• scheduling staff for operational program delivery;
• supervising, training and mentoring staff;
• working closely with the wildlife ecologist to ensure the Program’s goals are achievable and being met.
Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.
If you have a passion for wildlife in protected mountain environments, come live and work in Jasper National Park and explore the extraordinary peaks, rivers, and trails. We offer a work life balance that will enable you to spend your free time hiking, biking, skiing, camping or just absorbing the natural splendour of one of Canada’s most dramatic landscapes. Be part of a dedicated team, working to protect and restore our national parks and historic sites, now and for generations to come.
Intent of the process
This process will be used to staff one indeterminate vacancy starting March 1, 2022.
This process may also be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures (temporary, indeterminate, full-time, part-time) in the same or other parts of the country.
Positions to be filled: 1
Information you must provide
Contact information for 2 references.
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Graduation with a degree from a recognized university with specialization in environmental and/or natural sciences (e.g. biology, ecology, zoology, botany, or forestry) or other discipline relevant to the position.
Proof of education will be required at time of interview.
•Recent* and significant** experience in the management or delivery of a human/wildlife coexistence management program and applying current risk management strategies and concepts related to human use and wildlife management including a variety of wildlife management techniques (i.e. hazing, aversive conditioning, capture, immobilization, radio collaring, posting warning and closures, use of wildlife deterrents and wildlife necropsies);
•Recent* and significant** experience as a team leader/mentor and supervising/scheduling multiple staff in the delivery of complex and high risk activities, in addition to establishing goals, mentoring and completing evaluations;
•Significant** experience in the emergency response relevant to the duties of this position;
•Significant** experience in non-restricted firearms operations, mentoring, and instruction;
•Experience with managing the public in controlled or uncontrolled environments;
•Experience in immobilizing/capturing and handling various wildlife species relevant to this position, as well as humane destruction of wildlife;
•Experience in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, townsite residents, Indigenous peoples, colleagues from various functions, public, and partners from other agencies and disciplines.
* Recent experience is defined as experience gained within the last 5 years.
** Significant experience is defined as a minimum of 3 years of experience in a role where the experience described formed a core responsibility.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Information on language requirements
•Knowledge of policies and procedures applicable to emergency wildlife management;
•Knowledge of Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they relate to conservation and visitor safety in national parks;
•Knowledge of current principles and practices of human-wildlife coexistence management;
•Knowledge of wildlife ecology and behaviour relevant to human-wildlife coexistence management in the context of western Canada, preferably knowledge of bears and large ungulates;
•Knowledge of methods and procedures for resource management data collection and analysis.
•Ability to develop, coordinate, monitor, deliver, and evaluate specialized wildlife management and conflict operations and activities;
•Ability to train, coordinate, supervise, evaluate, and lead staff in their specialized and emergency operations and activities with respect to human wildlife conflict;
•Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to various audiences;
•Ability to provide recommendations to management and other agency experts on resource management issues.
•Personally connects with others;
•Shares Parks Canada’s vision;
•Makes things happen;
•Exercises sound judgment;
•Strives for excellence;
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
A graduate degree in a program related to biology and/or natural sciences (e.g. biology, ecology).
ADDITIONAL OCCUPATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:
•Valid Immobilization certificate;
•Advanced Search and Rescue and First Aid certification;
•Incident Command System (minimum ICS 200)
•Advanced firearms certification.
•Experience conducting, analyzing and reporting on research or monitoring that is intended to determine effectiveness of adaptive management or assess ecosystem health;
•Experience as a National Firearms Instructor and course delivery experience to various level candidates;
•Experience in internal and external communications including significant experience with various forms of media (e.g. television, radio, and/or newspaper interviews);
•Experience with Financial Management (budgets, purchasing, payments);
•Experience effectively participating as part of an emergency response team (human/wildlife conflict, search and rescue, fire management, spill response);
•Experience in a leadership role in emergency management using the Incident Command System.
•Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
•Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required;
•Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation;
•Willingness to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles) and marine (motorized and non-motorized vessels) as required.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance
- Possession and maintenance of a valid class 5 driver’s license;
- Will be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks, including: rabies vaccination, Occupational Health Assessment for firefighters; meet and maintain certified status for the Canadian Physical; and, meet and maintain a fitness level as assessed by the CIFFC Field Pack Test;
- Valid 40 hour wilderness First Aid Certificate (or equivalent) and CPR certificate;
- Incident Command System 200 (minimum);
- Successful completion of the Canadian Firearm Safety course;
- Valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL);
- Will be able to pass within the first 12 months of employment and maintain the:
o Parks Canada Wildlife Immobilization Certification
o Parks Canada Firearms Certification;
- All Parks Canada Agency employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.
Information on employment equity
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Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.
Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.
The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.
In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.
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• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.
Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.
On November 8th, 2021, the Parks Canada Agency announced the details of its vaccination requirement for all employees.
As per the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for Parks Canada Agency, employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate, determinate (term), casual, as and when required, and student hiring (full-time, part-time and seasonal). Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to ensure terms and conditions of employment are met, the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete a vaccination attestation form.
Preference will be given to any veteran who was honourably released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) after at least three years of service and is not already an indeterminate public servant. This preference applies for five years following release from the CAF.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.