The PC-03 Ecologist Team Leader II is a senior ecologist and program manager in the field of wildlife management for the Jasper Field Unit. This person reports to the Resource Conservation Manager and works as part of the Resource Conservation team to ensure ecological integrity and the safety and well-being of both the ecosystem and the public in Jasper National Park. Duties include program leadership for active management, ecological monitoring and applied research projects in both front-country and backcountry settings, as well as data analysis and reporting in an office environment. This work requires sharing information with a wide range of audiences including various forms of news media. Much of the work is focused on safely and effectively managing a team of approximately 15 staff working in the field of wildlife management, human-wildlife coexistence, and ecosystem monitoring, within the federal government work environment. As the program manager you are the financial manager for this entire program (salary, G&S, and capital funds). This role requires the candidate to report to work in the Municipality of Jasper on a daily basis and be available to work overtime and shift work if required.
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.
Intent of the process
The Jasper Field Unit is accepting applications for an indeterminate (permanent), full-time, position at the PC-03 level in the Resource Conservation Function.
Please note that this is a very challenging position with a significant leadership role involving daily risk management. Only fully qualified candidates with significant experience and a proven track record of success in a similar role are encouraged to apply.
The results of this selection process MAY be used for filling similar specified period positions (term) as well as acting assignments, seasonal, indeterminate and/or similar positions. This list may also be used by other field units to staff similar positions.
Positions to be filled: 1
Information you must provide
Contact information for 3 references.
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Graduation from a recognized university with a graduate degree in natural resources management, conservation biology or other environmental science relevant to the position.
Proof of education will be required at time of interview.
-Significant* and recent** experience leading the planning and development of project work plans, allocating resources and implementing projects in the specialized area of wildlife management, including human-wildlife coexistence management;
-Significant* and recent** experience collecting, organizing, summarizing and analysing scientific information from diverse sources;
-Significant* and recent** experience providing written and oral science-based advice to support decision-making in specialized areas including wildlife management and monitoring;
-Significant* and recent** experience coordinating, planning and implementing projects with internal and external stakeholders and partners;
-Significant* and recent** experience in preparing complex technical/scientific reports, manuscripts drafts, protocols, presentations, web site information, public presentations or displays;
-Significant* and recent** experience in a supervisory role.
* “Significant” is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with the performance of the duties for a period of 2 years.
** “Recent” experience is defined as having acquired the experience within the last 5 years.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
-Knowledge of Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they relate to natural resource conservation;
-Knowledge of key Government of Canada acts and policies related to ecological integrity and natural resource management that apply to Parks Canada Agency (National Parks Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Species at Risk Act, Parks Canada Guiding Principles and Operational Policies);
-Knowledge of the theories and principles of ecosystem structure and functioning;
-Knowledge of ecosystem management issues, management challenges and/or partnership opportunities related to specialized resource conservation management;
-Knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis;
-Knowledge of the science of wildlife management and human-wildlife coexistence principles, challenges and opportunities related to resource conservation management in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem.
-Ability to analyse and synthesize scientific information;
-Ability to plan and direct the work of multi-disciplinary teams;
-Ability to make effective presentations adapted to diverse audiences (such as the public, media, technical and managerial);
-Ability to work effectively with a variety of interests, i.e. colleagues, networks, external partners and stakeholders;
-Ability to schedule and assign work, set standards and priorities, instruct staff and assess staff performance, within an allocated budget.
-Exercises sound judgment;
-Personally connects with people;
-Shares Parks Canada’s vision;
-Makes things happen;
-Strives for excellence .
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
-Experience in completing multi-day wilderness trips by foot, skis and/or horseback in mountainous terrain while conducting field work (active management, monitoring, research etc.);
-Recent* experience working cooperatively with Indigenous Peoples, stakeholders and the public;
-Experience and certification** in the use of non-restricted firearms for the purpose of wildlife management.
-Experience in large animal collaring and monitoring;
-Experience in the specialized area of leading an operational human-wildlife conflicts program or an active management program involving large mammals.
* “Recent” experience is defined as having acquired the experience within the last 5 years.
** Copies of current certification will be required at time of interview.
-Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
-Willingness and ability to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transport (e.g. Hiking, ski, boat, atv, helicopter, horse);
-Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends, and/or statutory holidays, and provincial/territorial holidays, when required;
-Willingness and ability 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
-Successful completion of the Canadian Firearm Safety Course, a valid Possession and Acquisitions License (P.A.L.) for non-restricted firearms, and maintain the Parks Canada long-arms 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
For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.
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.
Tips for applicants:
• 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.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.