STO 24R – BCTS Data Specialist (Full Time)


BC Timber Sales


Posted on September 24, 2020

Closes on October 19, 2020

Requisition Number: 71762

Job Type: Temporary Assignment (TA)

Job Category: Scientific and Technical,Natural Resource Sector

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Classification: Scientific/Technical Off R24

Temporary End Date: May 15, 2021


BCTS Data Specialist
Scientific Technical Officer 24R

There is currently 1 Temporary Assignment until 5/15/2021 which may become permanent.
An eligibility list may be established for future similar temporary and/or permanent vacancies
This position may be located in any BCTS office, dependent on space and operational requirements. For a full list of Service BCTS offices, please click here.
Although this position has onsite office based requirements, it can temporarily be performed virtually due to the current extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19. This will remain in place until physical distancing advisories are lifted.

A unique technical opportunity to contribute to natural resource and forest management activities in BC

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

The BCTS Data Specialist is to provide specialist advice to senior ministry decisions makers and to technical and professional staff in the ministry, sector or industry on the use and interpretation of corporate dataset(s). To maximize the potential of all corporate data and information technologies to support the business objectives of the program and its clients.

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 2017, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2018 and one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers in 2017.

This is your opportunity to build your career and to gain a better understanding of all the public service has to offer, such as competitive employee benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with an award winning employer. The BC Public Service encourages a healthy work/life balance that enables you to take advantage of the community and surrounding area in which you live. For more information, please visit 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 referencing REQ 71762 in the subject line of your e-mail. 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 and experience requirements as outlined below:

  • Degree or diploma in computer science, geomatics, resource management or related area.
  • Experience managing large spatial and attribute data sets.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office tools, relational databases and other business intelligence tools for managing, quality assuring, data mining (analyzing) and reporting.
  • Experience designing, gathering and testing business requirements, complex queries and report designs.
  • Experience developing reporting methodologies and performing custom  data and/or geo-spatial modelling, complex analyses and interpretations.


Preference Statements:

  • Experience in client service including prioritizing, troubleshooting and resolving client data and reporting issues.
  • Accredited education in SQL or data management.


  • If permissible, some travel may be required for key meetings and/or workshops.

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.

How to Apply


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 – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

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.


Job Profile

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