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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Science and Research Branch
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
15404/06 - Research Scientist 3/4 NatRes
$1,210.26 - $1,974.35 (MplusM) Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Bring you wildlife ecology research expertise to this exciting position with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

• design, coordinate and conduct a diverse and comprehensive applied wildlife research program
• publish in scientific journals, newsletters and other publications as well as present at scientific meetings, training shops and courses
• ensure policy and practice is based on best available science
• assess research needs and priorities
• identify research problems and the methods and resources required to address them
• direct and train technical and professional staff and graduate students

How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirements:

• You must possess a valid class 'G' driver's licence or equivalent as recognized by the Province of Ontario.
• You have a Ph. D. in a natural science discipline from a university of recognized standing or a Masters in a directly related discipline, with extensive research experience and the ability to achieve a Ph.D.

Technical expertise:

• You have expert knowledge of conservation/species at risk (SAR) biology theory, principles and practices in order to conduct advanced scientific research which is authoritative (typically acquired through the completion of a post-graduate degree in a related discipline from an institution in recognized standing).
• You have practical knowledge of field and laboratory-based research gained from previous conservation biology/SAR research experience and a demonstrated ability to work across taxonomic groups.
• You have sound knowledge of procedures and approaches required to initiate, design, conduct, analyze and publish research.
• You have an expertise in 2 or more of the following research areas: development and application of spatially-explicit population models, population viability analysis, meta-population ecology, landscape ecology, community ecology, theory of reserve design and evaluation, natural resource management, population ecology, wildlife disease, and habitat modelling.
• You have knowledge of resource management principles and practices, especially around management of habitat to implement a research program that meets the requirements of the ministry's mandate.
• You have knowledge of worker and supervisor responsibilities as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Project management and analytical skills:

• You have strong project management skills to manage a research program to successful completion on time and within budget.
• You have planning and coordination skills to develop and maintain complex multi-year programs.
• You possess technical/analytical skills to plan and perform statistical and spatial analyses using associated software packages, and to use modern, state-of-the-art equipment for ecological research.
• You possess strong reasoning and problem-solving skills to formulate hypotheses, analyze issues and provide alternative solutions to problems.

Leadership and communication skills:

• You have well developed group leadership and interpersonal skills to train and communicate and generate positive interactions with the public, staff and clients.
• You have excellent written communication skills to prepare scientific reports, journal papers and other articles for technical and non-technical audiences.
• You have good oral communication skills to present and discuss highly detailed or complex information at an audience-appropriate level.

AMENDED: Job classification and salary was amended.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 2140 East Bank Dr, Peterborough, East Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • N-NR-91895/16
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