Senior Park Ranger
Scientific Technical Officer [Resource] 18R
This posting is to establish a Province-wide eligibility list for permanent vacancies for regular Senior Park Ranger positions in BC Parks.
The following BC Park locations have a current vacancy for a permanent Senior Park Ranger position:
Hagensborg in the Bella Coola Valley, BC; Alice Lake Park in Squamish, BC; and, E.C. Manning Park [Park Field Office], BC.
Both the [Bella Coola] Hagensborg and E.C. Manning Park vacancies are identified as isolated positions, subject to BC Parks internal isolation transfer policy. The Hagensborg position will receive a bi-weekly add to pay for isolation allowance.
A unique opportunity to work outdoors and help protect British Columbia’s natural beauty
Today, BC has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas of all provincial Canadian jurisdictions. Over 14 million hectares [14.4 percent] of British Columbia is located within provincial parks and protected areas and these areas receive over 23 million visitors annually.
BC Parks is responsible for all matters related to the effective management and conservation of natural and cultural resources in provincial parks, protected areas, recreation areas, conservancies and ecological reserves throughout British Columbia. Our vision is a protected areas system that is vibrant, relevant and inspirational. Our mission is to protect important areas and their natural and cultural values, while providing outstanding recreation opportunities. Explore our website to learn more: BC Parks.
The Senior Park Ranger position provides a diverse opportunity of work objectives with BC Parks. We have a great team of employees across the province where you will get an opportunity to work with various other professionals, such as Wildlife Biologists and Conservation Officers. If you are a confident leader with hands-on resource and recreation management expertise who understands the balance between protecting the natural environment and providing outdoor recreation, we look forward to your application.
BC Parks’ network includes stunning and rugged marine parks as well as vast grassland and remote forested areas. You must be an excellent spokesperson for conservation and enjoy interacting with the public. Our park system has been a proven development ground for Rangers to build their skills, team working abilities, and core competencies to go onto full time positions with the Province as biologists, park managers, and conservation enforcement positions. Learn more about this unique role at The Great Ranger Experience.
Bella Coola [Hagensborg]
Have you ever wanted to work, live and recreate in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest? The Bella Coola Area Senior Park Ranger works with a dynamic team to manage some of the most diverse landscapes that British Columbia has to offer. Starting in the dry pine forests along the eastern boundaries of Tweedsmuir Park [South], to the west where you encounter lush coastal estuaries, like those found in the Kwatna Estuary Conservancy, coupled with rugged Coast Mountain alpine areas, the Turner Lake Canoe Chain, volcanic Rainbow Mountain Range, the iconic Dean River Conservancies, joint projects in the Hakai Lúxvbálís and other coastal conservancies – Bella Coola Area is as diverse as it gets. This rewarding position directly supervises three staff members, works in collaboration with the Nuxalk, Ulkatcho and Heiltsuk Nations, delivers the BC Parks operated front country camping [Own Forces] program, BC Parks and Nuxalk Nation bear viewing program along the Atnarko River, winter patrols by skis and snowmobiles, and many other exciting and challenging programs. If you are interested in collaborating with Indigenous communities, working with diverse stakeholder groups across an extremely varied landscape and keeping people and grizzly bears safe – this is a position for you!
Squamish [Alice Lake Park]
What better way to start or enhance your career with BC Parks by working and living in the beautiful Coast Mountains. See yourself as a Senior Ranger patrolling and helping to protect abundant wildlife and scenic vistas in sites such as Garibaldi Park, walking along ancient rock formations in the Tantalus range, monitoring for rock climbing safety and promoting stewardship in parks such as the Stawamus Chief and Murrin, or venturing out to monitor the world record abundance of wintering bald eagles in Brackendale Eagles Park. Being based out of the family orientated Alice Lake Park, you will be well positioned to embark on your duties as a Senior Park ranger and your daily tasks will be varied and filled with opportunities to liaise with the general public, stewardship organizations and Indigenous communities.
Manning Park Office [E.C. Manning Park]
The West Okanagan is a diverse area spanning the North Cascade mountains as they transition from coastal to interior climates. The area contains eight parks including E.C. Manning and Cathedral, as well as two protected areas and an ecological reserve, totaling over 142,000 hectares. The area boasts a large amount of high use backcountry facilities and front country campgrounds. Popular resorts are present at the core of both E.C. Manning and Cathedral, and E.C. Manning also contains downhill ski and Nordic facilities.
As diverse as this area is, so are the skills, experience and knowledge required for this position. The successful candidate will be required to work with and, in some cases, manage, a full breadth of stakeholders, including volunteers, local governments, First Nations and other government agencies, as well as supervise Ranger staff and be a first point of contact for private business, search and rescue and the public. You will provide backcountry facility maintenance [often staying in a tent for multiple nights], frontline public relations and enforcement activities. You will plan, implement, and complete various complex projects, as well as assist in research and develop and administer park use permits and contracts. You will be required to use a power saw and other power equipment, and occasionally access remote areas by helicopter. Winter work will require the ability and experience to ski tour into facilities. Mostly, you need to be a great team player and have fun while working hard.
For complete details about the Senior Park Ranger position, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Keith.Baric@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your résumé 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 BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
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Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
Undergraduate degree in natural resource management, outdoor recreation or a related field [biology, geology, resource management, recreational planning, forestry, fisheries, etc.], and one year related experience; or,
Two-year technical diploma in one of the above fields and three years of related experience; or,
Secondary school graduation and a minimum of five years of related experience; or,
An equivalent combination of education and experience totaling five years.
Mandatory training and certification for all Senior Park Rangers includes:
Current and WorkSafeBC recognized Occupational First Aid Level 1, 2 or 3 Certificate with Transportation Endorsement [time of start].
A valid BC Driver’s Licence [Class 5] or equivalent from another Canadian Province [Class 7 is NOT equivalent].
Successful completion of Enhanced Security Screening [to be completed at job offer stage].
- Completion of Public Safety and Park Security Training [Law and Its Administration].
- This course is referred to as PRKS 1010 - BC Parks Law and Its Administration and can be obtained through the BC Institute of Technology [BCIT]. Course information can be found at: https://www.bcit.ca/study/courses/prks1010. Note: if you have already successfully completed the BCIT PRKS 3110/3120 courses, BCIT course 1010 is not required.
Successful candidates will have up to 6 months from date of hire to successfully complete the course. If required, work time will be made available to complete the course. Course costs will be reimbursed upon successful completion.
Please refer to the job profile for a list of other training that may be required depending upon the location [on the job training provided if required].
Related experience includes:
Experience in natural resource management [such as ecosystem management, fish and/or wildlife management, forestry management, invasive species management, natural resource inventory and research, environmental impact assessment], cultural resource management [such as archaeological or cultural site management, archaeology, First Nation agreement management] and/or preferably parks and protected area management, encompassing a broad range of activities and initiatives related to the delivery of recreation and conservation programs and services;
Experience in outdoor recreation management [such as outdoor recreation planning, outdoor recreation facility development or operation and maintenance, outdoor recreation service delivery]; and/or,
Experience in compliance and enforcement related to natural resource or recreation management.
In addition to candidates meeting the above education and experience, preference may also be given to applicants with experience in any of the following areas:
Experience in remote area backcountry travel, [hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc.].
Experience in operation of a variety of equipment such as chainsaws, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and/or power boats.
Experience in operating a variety of specialized equipment including radios, smart phones, tablets, satellite phones, and/or GPS units/inReach.
Experience in using a variety of software including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Power Point, iMap [or other online mapping programs], and ArcGIS.
Experience in contract management [contract planning, tendering, award, monitoring, and evaluation].
Experience in compliance and enforcement [such as enforcement of acts or regulations and/or development and implementation of compliance and enforcement plans to deal with non-compliance issues].
Experience operating and maintaining motor vessels in a coastal marine environment.
Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and/or communities.
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.
NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.
YES - Ensure your résumé includes your educational accomplishments, employment history, including job titles, start and end dates [month and year] and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
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.
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.