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Lend your technical skills and field experience to this exciting role

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development is responsible for the stewardship of Provincial Crown land and natural resources and oversees a land base of 94.8 million hectares in British Columbia. The Terrestrial Wildlife Resources Section manages terrestrial wildlife populations and the ecosystems and habitats that support them in the South Coast region of B.C.  This includes setting landscape-scale population and habitat objectives, assessing these objectives via field inventory and monitoring, and applying the results of these assessments to land-use decisions, species at risk recovery actions, and sustainable harvest allocation. The success of this work relies on meaningful engagement and collaboration with First Nations and consultation with stakeholders such as forestry licensees.

Specific responsibilities of this role will depend on evolving regional priorities. Key work plan items that currently need additional staff resources to include:

  1. Implementation of population recovery actions for the Northern Spotted Owl, a Critically Imperiled species at risk in B.C.  This includes strategic control of Barred Owls and an adaptive monitoring program to prepare for the release of the first captive-bred Spotted Owls in North America.
  2. In partnership with a consortium of 15 First Nations, completion of systematic conservation planning to identify and protect sites that benefit the greatest number of species at risk and indigenous values within Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
  3. Reviewing and collating wildlife habitat models into an interactive web-based tool to assess overlaps and protection statuses of mature- and old-forest-dependent species (Northern Goshawk, Marbled Murrelet, Roosevelt Elk, and Black-tailed Deer) to optimize future amounts and distribution of Wildlife Habitat Areas and Ungulate Winter Range.
  4. You will have strong technical skills, including field experience in remote settings, species-specific expertise, GIS modeling and mapping, and the ability to apply your analytical and scientific writing skills to a range of issues.  You will have strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, including the ability to understand and implement organizational goals and objectives.

Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you:

With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. Come be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health, and career growth. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position-related inquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


Job Requirements:
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:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences or a related field.
  • Minimum four years of related experience (or an M.Sc. with 2 years experience, or a Ph.D. with 1 year experience), including field-based biological sampling, analysis and reporting, and providing advice within a regulatory regime.
  • Registered (or eligible) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment.
  • Experience assessing and monitoring natural resources.

Preference may be given to applicants with the following:

  • Experience leading staff in project or field settings.
  • Experience interpreting and applying natural resource management legislation and policy.
  • Experience working with First Nations on complex resource management issues.
  • Experience in the design and analysis of complex ecological studies, including statistical modeling and GIS mapping using cutting-edge methods and tools.

Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) with CAB. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the CAB).

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 located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.



Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Biologist (RPBio) with the BC College of Applied Biology. Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the CAB. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES – You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.

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