BIO 27R - CDC Program Zoologist***POSTING AMENDED-CLOSE DATE EXTENDED***

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

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CDC Program Zoologist
Biologist R27

One (1) full-time position available
Position located in Victoria, BC
An eligibility list may be established

***POSTING AMENDED-CLOSE DATE EXTENDED***

An excellent opportunity for a dedicated senior conservation professional

Housed within the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, Ecosystems Branch, the BC Conservation Data Centre (BC CDC) supports the conservation of our province's biodiversity by collecting and sharing scientific data and information about species and ecosystems in BC. The primary functions of the BC CDC are to:

Compile a list of species and ecosystems that occur in BC, based on current literature and expert advice.
Assess conservation status ranks: collaborating with scientists and experts across the country, the CDC assigns status ranks for BC's species and ecosystems according to their level of risk of being lost.
Map known locations (element occurrences): map the locations of species or ecosystems that are at risk of being lost and compiles information on these occurrences.
Make data and information available: the CDC disseminates data and information about species and ecosystems in BC in easily accessible formats to serve its wide-ranging client base.

The CDC Program Zoologist is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the CDC Zoology unit, supervising Zoology unit staff, overseeing the maintenance of the CDC list of animals in BC, assigning conservation status ranks that reflect the risk of species extinction, mapping of Element Occurrences of species at risk, and the compilation, analyses, and maintenance of zoological data and information from multiple sources. The Program Zoologist is the provincial authority on at-risk animal species in British Columbia, providing expert professional advice and works with staff of other disciplines within the Conservation Data Centre, with contractors, and with other provincial, national and international zoologists. The position reports to the Manager, BC Conservation Data Centre, who maintains overall responsibility for the work of the BC Conservation Data Centre.

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Damien.Joly@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

  • NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific 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 requirement as outlined below:

Education and Experience:
MSc or PhD in the field of Zoology (or related field) with at least three (3) years’ *directly related experience; OR
BSc in the field of Zoology (or related field) with at least five (5) years’ *directly related experience.

  • Directly related experience must include all of the following:
Experience working on issues related to the conservation of BC animal species.
Experience in the identification of vertebrate and invertebrate species in the field, by collecting field sample data and using genetic and/or morphological characteristics to identify species.
Experience planning, directing and organizing own work, and providing professional and technical direction to other staff and contractors.

Professional Designation:
Registered or **immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in BC with the College of Applied Biology (CAB).

**Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or **immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) with CAB. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, please explain how you are **immediately eligible (i.e. currently a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the CAB). To assess your ability to meet these criteria, please visit the CAB website academic self-assessment tool. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Preference:
Preference may be given to applicants with one (1) or more of the following:

Experience using the NatureServe and/or COSEWIC conservation status ranking and threat assessment methods.
Experience using the NatureServe method of Element Occurrence mapping.
Experience with BC zoological inventory, related data processing, specimen identification and processing.
Experience with conducting analyses using geographical information systems (GIS).

Provisos & Willingness Statements:
Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence.
Must successfully complete the security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry.
Willing and physically able to carry equipment and supplies in difficult terrain.
Willing and able to conduct field work in all weather conditions and environments. This may be including travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in camp conditions and operation of a variety of equipment.
Willing and able to meet safety standards of WorkSafeBC.
Must successfully complete the security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry.

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Professional Designation: YES - Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Biologist (RPBio) with the BC College of Applied Biology (CAB). Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, to assess your ability to meet the RPBio criteria, visit the CAB website academic self-assessment tool. 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 - 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 job-related responsibilities, accountabilities and accomplishments. *Ensure your questionnaire responses are complete as your resume may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.