Nature Legacy Ecosystem Scientist (Skidegate) (Full Time)


Parks Canada
Calgary (Alberta), Jasper (Alberta), Lake Louise (Alberta), Sidney (British Columbia), Skidegate (British Columbia), Radium (British Columbia), Field (in Yoho National Park) (British Columbia), Wasagaming (Manitoba), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada (New Brunswick), Gros Morne National Park of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador), Rocky Harbour (Newfoundland and Labrador), Inuvik (Northwest Territories), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Cheticamp (Nova Scotia), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Maitland Bridge (Nova Scotia), Pond Inlet (Nunavut), Naujaat (in Kivalliq region) (Nunavut), Cornwall (Ontario), Leamington (Ontario), Marathon (Ontario), Markham (Ontario), Nipigon (Ontario), Peterborough (Ontario), Tobermory (Ontario), Dalvay (Prince Edward Island), Forillon National Park of Canada (Québec), Gatineau (Québec), Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec), Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada (Québec), Québec (Québec), Shawinigan (Québec), Val Marie (Saskatchewan), Haines Junction (Yukon), Whitehorse (Yukon)
Employment tenure: indeterminate, deployment, temporary (term, acting, assignment)
$69,240 to $83,006 (Salary under review)For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

Closing date: 18 December 2018 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All 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.

**In the spirit of the Nunavut Agreement and in accordance with Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreements relating to the positions being staffed, qualified Inuit will be considered ahead of other applicants for all positions to be staffed in Nunavut.**

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As a Nature Legacy Ecosystem Scientists your role is to ensure that field units and other operational managers have access to science and knowledge to undertake conservation planning and decision making in support of the effective management of an interconnected network of protected areas.

In your role you will:
-Conduct analysis and provide advice with respect to landscape-level ecological issues that have the potential to impact biodiversity within and beyond Parks Canada heritage places.
-Play a key role in developing and implementing multi-disciplinary applied research, management and monitoring projects aimed at the maintenance and/or restoration of ecological integrity and sustainability and/or enhancing connectivity.
-You will collaborate with partners and stakeholders to understand landscape-level issues and propose measures to address them, including measures to improve connectivity between park ecosystems and the surrounding landscape.
-You will be responsible for providing advice and expertise with respect to the planning and implementation of recovery measures for species at risk, particularly in the context of multi-species and/or ecosystem based action plans, in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.
-You will evaluate and analyze technical information and data and, wherever possible, work with partners to bring forward Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, to support EI decision-making and strategic planning in relation to park, site, marine conservation area and regional ecosystem management, including recovery of species at risk.

Work environment

Want to make a difference?
Parks Canada, along with many partners, is embarking on an ambitious initiative to enhance the conservation of biodiversity across the country. Our approach to conservation is evolving. Instead of managing our parks as isolated islands of wilderness, we’re moving toward managing them as part of a broader landscape and integrated network of protected areas.

What impact do you want to leave?
We are seeking motivated leaders to work with us to ensure that Canada’s wilderness, ecosystems and species are protected using innovative approaches. These leaders will work, along with Indigenous peoples and other partners, to deliver science and conservation projects that help ensure protected areas are resilient to ecosystem changes within and beyond their boundaries. If you are creative, skilled at working with diverse partners and passionate about protecting some of Canada’s most iconic places, this could be the opportunity for you.

Join us in building Canada’s Natural Legacy.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to offer a number indeterminate and specified period appointments in multiple locations across the country. The duration of specified period appointments could vary and could be for a period of up to four years.

A list of qualified candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions within Parks Canada Agency, whose tenure could vary depending on the position being staffed (i.e. determinate period or indeterminate) and whose language requirements, linguistic profiles and security requirements could also vary.

As part of this process, applicants may expect to:
• write an exam
• take part in an interview
• take part in psychometric tools
• have your references checked

All communication relating to this process, including telephone and email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

A top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process. Additional qualifications may be invoqued at any time during the process.

Positions to be filled: 25

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

  • Your substantive group and level and your employment status as a federal public servant, if applicable.
  • The language requirements/linguistic profiles for which you wish to be considered.

If you have ever participated in a second language evaluation in the federal public service of Canada, indicate the evaluation date and the results obtained.

Your willingness to relocate (if required).

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in conservation biology, natural resource management, earth sciences, environmental science or a related scientific field relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

– Recent* experience working on science-based projects related to conservation or natural resource management;

– Experience in analysing issues and providing science-based advice;

– Experience working with multiple stakeholders or partners to advance projects or initiatives.

*Recent is defined as experience approximately acquired within the last three (3) years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

– Graduation with a Master’s degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in conservation biology, ecological science, resource management, or related environmental science relevant to the position;
– Post-secondary diploma in Geographic Information Systems or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience;
– Graduation with a degree with specialization in one of the following fields or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience in:
 – marine or freshwater ecology
 – climate change
 – community or landscape ecology
 – forest ecology
 – fire ecology
 – geographic information systems.

Degree equivalency

– Experience working on science or conservation initiatives related to the management of protected areas;

– Experience supervising staff or managing a team;

– Experience managing a budget;

– Experience developing and maintaining working relationships with Indigenous peoples;

– Experience integrating traditional knowledge (Indigenous or local) into analysis or decision making;

– Experience in analysing and interpreting data, including statistical analysis;

– Experience negotiating agreements or contracts with partners;

– Experience planning and managing the implementation of projects or programs;

– Experience delivering projects related to ecosystem recovery or the recovery of species at risk;

– Field experience working on science-based projects in the natural environment.

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

Various language requirements
– English Essential
– Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB)
– Bilingual Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

– Knowledge of Parks Canada policies and legislation relating to ecosystem and species conservation;
– Knowledge of current practices and techniques for ecosystem and species conservation.

– Ability to analyse and evaluate data and determine appropriate recommendations for senior management;
– Ability to work with a variety of people with diverse perspectives;
– Ability to deliver science-based projects;
– Effective oral communication;
– Effective written communication.

– Makes things happen
– Exercises sound judgement
– Strives for excellence
– Respectful of diversity
– Effective interpersonal relationship

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – Reliability Status security clearance

Willingness to travel and relocate.

Other conditions of employment will vary depending on the position being staffed and may include any of the following:
– Possession of a valid driver’s license (Class 5);
– May be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks;
– When position is located in area classed as isolated and remote, a pre- employment medical examination of an individual and his/her dependants may be required;
– Valid Canadian Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) (non-restricted);
– 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;
– Willingness to work irregular hours and/or overtime, including evenings and weekends;
– Willingness to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles, equine travel) and marine (motorized and non-motorized vessels) transportation as required.

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

The Parks Canada Agency 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. The Parks Canada Agency 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.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

Persons who have received pay in lieu of unfulfilled surplus period, a Transition Support Measure (TSM) or an Educational Allowance and are re-appointed to the Parks Canada Agency are required to reimburse an amount corresponding to the period from the effective date of such reappointment or hiring, to the end of the original period for which the TSM and education allowance was paid. Please contact your Human Resources Manager if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

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

Contact information

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