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Ecosystems Scientist II (Forest Health)

Reference number: CAP22J-068501-000006
Selection process number: 2022-PKS-LLYK-EA-090
Parks Canada - Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit - Resource Conservation
Lake Louise, AB; or Field, BC; or Radium Hot Springs, BC
Term / Acting / Assignment at Level
From $73,727 to $88,384 per year (under review)

Closing date: 5 January 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Parks Canada Agency considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian Citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.

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Assessment accommodation

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Failure to clearly demonstrate in the screening questions how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications, may result in the rejection of your application.
Applications will be screened for interviews, based on the “essential” education, language and experience criteria identified below. Following the interview process, successful candidates who are assessed as having met all the “essential” qualifications outlined below, will be placed in a qualified pool of candidates. Both “essential” and “additional” qualifications will be assessed through the interview process. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification during this interview process.


As the successful candidate, you will work towards the delivery of a sustainable and diverse forest health program across the geographical area of the mountain national parks, including, but not limited to: Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Banff, Waterton Lakes, Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

Frequent travel is an expectation of the position, and a significant portion of your time will be spent conducting field work in these areas.

You will manage, coordinate, conduct and communicate resource management activities, programs, and applied research and will be responsible for addressing emerging and priority issues related to impacts of forest pests and disease, including mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle management.

You will identify and evaluate the impact of forest health damaging agents (e.g. insects, diseases, invasive plants), providing Parks Canada managers and partners with applied scientific project outputs and advice on these issues.

Work environment

Be part of an inspiring team! Parks Canada is a world leader in natural and cultural conservation, Canada's largest provider of natural and historic visitor facilities and manager of destinations that form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.

Have you ever thought of establishing a career in one of Canada's most amazing and iconic places? Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas offer opportunities to work in unique locations and live the ultimate Canadian experience.

Want to be part of ensuring a great legacy for Canada and Canadians?

If you are interested in this opportunity, why not consider a career for the Parks Canada Agency? We offer:
• Rewarding work in every corner of the country;
• Learning opportunities that promote individual and organizational excellence;
• An opportunity to experience our rich natural and cultural heritage first-hand;
• Employment with dedicated colleagues in a well-respected federal organization:
• An opportunity to experience our rich natural and cultural heritage first-hand;
• Employment with dedicated colleagues in a well-respected federal organization:
• An opportunity to connect with Canadians at their most valued natural and cultural treasures.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff a five-year Term position and may be used in the future to fill permanent and/or temporary vacancies that may arise at the Ecosystems Scientist II, PC 02 group and level in the Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit, in various locations, with full or part-time hours for various tenures, such as: Indeterminate, Term, Acting Assignment or Assignment at level, depending on status of the selected candidate.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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 an undergraduate degree in resource management, conservation biology or other environmental science relevant to the position. (Environmental science includes forestry, biology, ecology, soil science, geology and geography.)

Degree equivalency

• Designing, conducting, analyzing and reporting on: forest health surveys and assessments, including: bark beetle surveys, budworm surveys, spring & fall population assessments, severity assessments, R-Value surveys, other forest pathogen surveys, ecosystem monitoring, active management, restoration, planning, or environmental impact assessment projects and/or initiatives;
• Collecting, organizing, summarizing and analyzing scientific information from diverse sources;
• Providing written and oral science-based advice to support decision-making;
• Working and collaborating with partners
• Preparing complex technical/scientific reports, manuscript drafts, protocols, presentations, web site information, public presentation or displays;
• Using ARC GIS tools and mapping software for spatial analysis and display
• Supervision of staff and/or volunteers;

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they relate to natural resource conservation and ecological integrity;
• Theories and principles of ecosystem structure and functioning, particularly related to forest health, insects and disease;
• Ecosystem management issues, management challenges and/or partnership opportunities related to resource conservation management;
• Experimental design, statistical & spatial analysis, GIS data manipulation and display and remote sensing tools and techniques

• To safely conduct field sampling in remote and complex mountainous terrain
• Analyze and synthesize scientific information;
• Plan and direct the work of multi-disciplinary teams;
• Make effective presentations adapted to diverse audiences (such as the public, media, technical and managerial);
• Work effectively with a variety of interests (such as colleagues, networks, external partners and stakeholders);
• Schedule and assign work, set standards and priorities, instruct staff and assess staff performance, within an allocated budget.

Personal Suitability
• Exercises sound judgment;
• Personally connects with people;
• Takes Responsibility;
• Makes things happen;
• Communicates effectively.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Operational Requirements
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation including extensive flights in helicopters or fixed wing aircraft;
• Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required;
• 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;
• Willingness to work and travel frequently within the geographical area of the mountain national parks, including: Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Banff, Waterton Lakes, Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier.
• Willingness to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks.

Conditions of employment

• Obtain and maintain Reliability Status.
• Possession and maintenance of a valid class 5 driver’s license (Class L, N or other graduated licenses will not be accepted);
• Advanced Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) and CPR.

Other information

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

Parks Canada 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. Parks Canada 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.

Each person is entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Dwight Bourdin, Resource Conservation Manager, Lake Louise Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit

Lake Louise Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit
Unité de gestion du secteur de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay
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