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BIO 24R – Ecosystems Biologist

BC Public Service Agency

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted July 14, 2021.

Ecosystems Biologist Biologist 24 This position is located in Nanaimo, BC.

An eligibility list may be established to fill future, similar vacancies.

Confirmation of the following certification/membership is required at the time of a job offer following this competition: Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) with the BC College of Applied Biology.

Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification.

Influence and engage in complex natural resource initiatives The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has a mandate to manage specified Crown land and resources in a manner that embraces the economic, environmental and social goals of government.

These results are all essential to improving the global competitiveness of BC industry and our ability to attract private investment and to stimulate economic growth and job creation across the province.

The role of the Ecosystems Biologist is to implement and support Fish, Wildlife and/or Ecosystems management.

More specifically, this position works both independently and collaboratively with other natural resource based teams across the Ministry to ensure the achievement of Ministry and program goals.

This Ecosystems Biologist position works collaboratively with the other teams in the Region and Ministry (e.g.

Districts, Water Protection, Fish and Wildlife, Water Authorizations, and Compliance and Enforcement) and will focus on urban, rural, and aquatic issues as well as species at risk.

A career with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development offers an exceptional opportunity to undertake a variety of challenging and rewarding roles, while supporting a healthy work/life balance.

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

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.

For specific position related enquiries, please contact


Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your resume and applying for jobs, are available at the following link: Your Job Application.

If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to, before the stated closing time , and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens.

Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service.

For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: or by phone: 778-698-1336.

Vancouver Island’s Harbour City, Nanaimo, maintains a small town charm for such a bustling city hub.

Quaint boutiques, waterfront ice cream parlours and even big box stores offer such convenience you never have to leave (and why would you want to?).

Nanaimo has year-round activities, from camping, hiking, mountain biking and water sports (including the famous annual bathtub race), to snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing at nearby Mount Washington.

For a destination with big city convenience and small town charm, Nanaimo is the place to be.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer, earning such accolades as being one of BC’s Top Employers, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers.

The BC Public Service offers a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits (including an allowance to cover professional fees), and a variety of avenues for career learning and development.

To find out more, explore What the BC Public Service Offers.

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

JOB REQUIREMENTS: 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 related field.

Registered (or immediately eligible for registration within six months of employment) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in BC with the College of Applied Biology.

Minimum of four years of related experience, including field-based biological sampling, analysis, and reporting.

Minimum of two years of experience providing advice within a regulatory regime.

Experience assessing and monitoring natural resources.

Experience determining the impacts of proposed developments on aquatic and/or terrestrial values.

Must possess and maintain a valid British Columbia Class 5 driver’s licence, or equivalent.

Preference may be given for one or more of the following: Experience leading staff in project or field settings.

Experience interpreting and applying natural resource management legislation and policy.

Advanced scientific knowledge of a speciality area related to job duties.

Experience with authorizations under the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation and/or the Water Sustainability Act.

Experience working in aquatic (foreshore and freshwater) habitats.

Experience working on management, protection, and recovery of environmental values in an urban and rural setting (i.e.

amphibians, turtles, herons, sensitive ecosystems, etc.).

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.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

– Please include your registration number with the BC College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application.

You must be registered (or immediately eligible to register within 6 months of employment) as a Professional Biologist (RPBio) with the CAB.

Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction.

If not yet registered, 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
– A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes .

Questionnaire (Comprehensive): YES
– As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed in the job profile.

Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Note: for long or essay style questionnaires, we recommend saving frequently while completing it.

You can also copy the questions into another document, complete it offline, then log back in and copy/paste your responses when you are ready to submit your application.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements.

Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history, including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your job-related responsibilities, accountabilities, and accomplishments.

Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your resume may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.