LSO FORS 4 - Senior Policy Officer

BC Public Service - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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Senior Policy Officer
Licensed Science Officer Forester 4

An eligibility list may be established for similar vacancies within the BC Timber Sales Headquarters, Victoria.

Bring your policy and legislation expertise to this exciting leadership role

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) manages about 20 per cent of the province’s allowable annual cut for Crown timber, generating economic prosperity for British Columbians through the safe, sustainable development and auction of Crown timber. BCTS operates in 33 communities and directly supports over 8,000 jobs across B.C.

Data from our operations are used to help determine the market value of the timber harvested from public land and ensures British Columbians receive fair value from their timber resources.

BCTS also supports government’s commitment to true, lasting reconciliation with First Nations in BC as we move toward fully adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The goal of BCTS is to provide credible representative price and cost benchmark data for the market pricing system through auctions of timber harvested from public land in BC. BCTS has three objectives supporting its goal:

Objective 1: Sell the full BCTS apportionment over the business cycle, consistent with safe practices, sustainable forest management, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Objective 2: Generate direct net revenue and indirect revenue for the Province over the business cycle.
Objective 3: Continuous business improvement – within BCTS, across government and with third parties.

To find out more about our program check out the BCTS website

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Tenure Operations & Sustainability, the Senior Policy Officer, Legislation and Regulations (SPO) has a leadership role and is the authoritative expert and provincial advisor to ministry executive and program staff regarding the development, interpretation and application of BCTS-related legislation, regulation, policy and procedures including those related to forest planning, development, protection and stewardship, the registration of program participants, timber sale auctions, and tenure issuance and administration (i.e., the BCTS tenure model). The SPO represents BCTS on various task teams, working groups and ad hoc and standing committees; develops and implements methods for monitoring and evaluating adherence to legislation, regulations, policies and procedures; reviews operational forest management planning processes; identifies and provides advice on issues of significance to improve operational practices and procedures; and develops and/or prepares cabinet documents, briefing notes and other communication materials.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

In addition to this exciting opportunity and amazing locations, the BC Public Service is an award-winning employer in British Columbia, including such accolades as being one of BC's Top Employers for 2020, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2020 and one of Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers in 2020.

The BC Public Service offers a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits, including one of the best pension plans available, and a variety of opportunities for career learning and development. Regular, full time Professional Employee Association members are also entitled to 7% allowance in Lieu of Overtime Shiftwork and Standby (taken as time or money), have a 35 hour work week, and 4 weeks’ annual paid leave entitlement. To find out more, explore What the BC Public Service offers You

A career path in BC Timber Sales offers exceptional opportunities to develop new solutions to complex problems, and to learn and grow personally and professionally. Existing and future BCTS employees have the opportunity to impact public and private forests, communities, the economy and the lives of British Columbians in positive and unique ways.

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.

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

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, requirements and qualifications, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website.

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

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirements as outlined below:

Bachelor's degree in forestry, forest science, forest ecology, forest engineering, or other relevant area, or related degree acceptable to the Senior Manager, Tenure Operations & Sustainability, and a minimum of 5 years of operational experience in forest management (e.g., harvest operations, planning, silviculture) or tenure administration.


Diploma in forestry, and a minimum of 7 years of operational experience in forest management (e.g., harvest operations, planning, silviculture) or tenure administration.

Registered or eligible to immediately register with the Association of BC Forest Professionals as a Registered Professional Forester.

Experience providing services in accordance with established standards of professional ethics and conduct.

Preference may be given to applicants with experience in:
Preparing written briefing materials, reports and correspondence for executive and senior management levels of ministries and organizations or elected members of government (e.g., treasury board and cabinet submissions, ministerial response letters, information notes, decisions notes, analyses and recommendations etc.).

Planning, developing and implementing natural resource sector legislation, regulation and policies.

Policy research and analysis, and research project work.

Planning, coordinating and implementing research and analytical activities.

Successfully negotiating/mediating solutions in the natural resource sector.

Planning, auctioning and administering forest tenures or timber harvesting-related sale and purchase contracts.

Preparing instructional, educational or other communication materials such as advisory bulletins, standard operating procedures, or training materials.

Please include your registration number with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) within your application as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with the ABCFP. If you are not yet registered with the ABCFP, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a registered RPF member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the ABCFP).

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.

Cover letter required: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed. Please select "SKIP" on the cover letter screen to continue with your application.

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 (COMPREHENSIVE) As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

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 accountabilities and accomplishments.