Apply By: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:59 pm EST
Competition Status: Application Screening

Approximately 125 individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Science and Research Branch, Provincial Services Division
Peterborough, Rosslyn
Job Term:
1 Permanent, 1 Temporary assignment/contract for up to 6 months with the possibility of extension
Job Code:
14026 - Biologist 3 (B/U)
$1,377.99 - $1,738.17 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Do you have an interest in wildlife populations with a background in terrestrial inventory and monitoring? If so, consider this exciting opportunity with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
• a defined benefit pension plan
• maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
• comprehensive health plan
• life and disability insurance
• flexible work arrangements
• collegial and professional work culture
• career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• on-the-job training to support your success in the role

Please note that only one position can be filled in each location. Work location will be determined by the successful candidate's current place of residence, the runner up will receive an offer of the remaining position/location.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• collaborate as part of a provincial wildlife monitoring team to develop, implement and review provincial wildlife monitoring programs, and provide leadership to a regional team of biologists and technicians involved in wildlife monitoring
• participate in the implementation of the provincial Integrated Science Action Plan (ISAP) as it relates to monitoring of terrestrial ecosystems
• identify the best existing wildlife population science, knowledge, information, and technologies that can help meet the needs of resource management practitioners
• liaise with resource management practitioners, researchers and specialists to support the transfer of existing science, knowledge and information related to provincial wildlife monitoring programs
• develop and refine methodologies, standards, indices and tools related to the assessment and monitoring of wildlife populations and , terrestrial ecosystems
• lead and/or participate on project/task teams and other forums related to terrestrial ecosystems
• review and synthesize information from scientific and resource management literature

How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirements:

• You must have a valid class 'G' driver's licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that they have a valid driver's licence upon being hired.

Technical expertise:

• You have demonstrated knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of wildlife ecology, monitoring, physiology, behavior and management, and terrestrial ecosystem classification, productivity and management.
• You have demonstrated experience conducting field work related to wildlife, terrestrial ecosystems, and/or forestry.
• You have the ability to interpret and apply resource management legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines (e.g. Environmental Bill of Rights, Environmental Assessment Act, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, Crown Forest Sustainability Act, Far North Act, Provincial and Federal Endangered Species legislation, and the Federal Migratory Birds Convention Act).
• You have demonstrated experience applying scientific methods, including developing and implementing statistically-based sampling designs.

Computer skills:

• You have demonstrated experience with computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, relational databases, and statistical analysis software to access and analyze information, prepare scientific reports, publications and presentations.
• You have knowledge and experience working with large datasets and relational databases.
• You have demonstrated experience using GIS software to address natural resource challenges, and have used GIS software to create, query, and manipulate spatial data.

Communication and interpersonal skills:

• You have proven communication skills to deliver project and program information to managers, technical staff, and public audiences.
• You have demonstrated experience writing scientific publications such as technical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and project reports.
• You have strong interpersonal and consultative skills to facilitate cooperation between program staff, researchers, clients and partners.

Project management skills:

• You have project management and organizational skills to determine client needs by leading working groups, interviewing staff and researching available scientific/technical information to meet those needs.

Analytical and problem-solving skills:

• You have analytical and problem-solving skills to clarify problems, identify and evaluate options, and recommend scientifically sound approaches to address natural resource monitoring and management issues.
• You have demonstrated experience applying and interpreting inferential statistics related to wildlife, terrestrial ecosystems, or forestry.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region or 173-25th Side Rd, Rosslyn, North Region
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 6 months, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region or 173-25th Side Rd, Rosslyn, North Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Fish and Wildlife
Posted on:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • E-NR-167106/21
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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