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Opportunity Type:

If you are a dynamic leader and resource professional come join the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry team, where you will lead the acquisition, development/transfer of biological, ecological and forest science data knowledge and information required for the description and forecasting of forest growth, yield and stand dynamics in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence (GLSL) and Deciduous forest ecosystems in southern region.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
• a defined benefit pension plan
• maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
• comprehensive health plan
• life and disability insurance
• flexible work arrangements
• collegial and professional work culture
• career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• on-the-job training to support your success in the role

What can I expect to do in this role?
In this role, you will:

• develop, evaluate and validate GLSL/Deciduous forest growth and yield (G&Y) information management products and tools
• provide program expertise and advice in the development and calibration of GLSL/Deciduous forest growth and yield and stand dynamics
• provide evaluation of forest sustainability in southern region
• conduct resource analysis and modelling
• provide leadership and advice in developing GLSL/Deciduous forest science strategies, programs and practices in support of natural resources policy, management, planning/operational program needs for southern Ontario

How do I qualify?
• You must have a valid class ‘G’ driver’s licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that they have a valid driver’s licence upon being hired.
• You must possess a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation from the Ontario Professional Foresters Association or have the ability to transfer designation from out-of-province and be able to practice professional forestry without professional supervision.

Technical knowledge and skills:
• You have advanced knowledge of GLSL and deciduous forest region biology, ecology, soils, mensuration, forest growth and yield modelling and quantitative silviculture.
• You have advanced knowledge of selection and shelterwood silvicultural systems and G&Y decision support tools applicable to these for silvicultural decision making and wood supply analysis.
• You have sound knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of ecosystem and forest resource management.
• You have knowledge of scientific methods such as experimental design, plot establishment, measurement and maintenance of forest growth and yield plots and statistical analysis.

Communication and interpersonal skills:
• You have well developed communication skills to lead and provide input to strategic and operational plans, scientific publications and reports and prepare project proposals and status reports.
• You have demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills to participate in workshops and communicate with internal and external stakeholders and to present project and program proposals to clients, partners and ministry staff.
• You can facilitate cooperation between researchers, clients and partners with varying views and interests.
• You demonstrate a proven ability to work within and across teams.

Analytical and problem-solving skills:
• You have analytical and problem-solving skills to determine, clarify and evaluate options and identify approaches to address forest management problems.
• You can interpret and synthesize information from scientific studies into solutions by developing guidelines and recommendations.
• You can analyze and assess the effectiveness of research and technology development and establish criteria for measuring the success and future applicability of project results.

Planning and organizational skills:
• You have demonstrated planning skills to implement and manage complex field monitoring, assessment and model validation programs in a changing, flexible environment.
• You have organizational skills to determine client needs, and by leading working groups and workshops to determine southern client needs to direct provincial program direction.

Computer skills:
• You have demonstrated computer querying skills with database management systems, as well as proficiency with spreadsheets, GIS, graphics packages, statistical software, word-processing, email and internet.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:
We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:
1 Permanent, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
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Lands and Resources
Posted on:
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
How to apply:
You must apply online.
Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 24, 2022 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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