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Wildlife Biologist III

Reference number: DOE23J-019498-000733
Selection process number: 22-DOE-NCR-EA-560230
Environment and Climate Change Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
Ottawa (Ontario)
$82,579 to $106,319

Closing date: 15 March 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to fill one term position (4-5 years) in the National Capital Region. A pool of qualified candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions with various tenures (indeterminate, specified period, deployment, acting, acting extensions, assignment, secondment) and language requirements/linguistic profiles (“English Essential”, “English or French Essential”, “Bilingual BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CCC/CCC”) and/or security status (reliability, secret) within Environment and Climate Change Canada across Canada.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

Graduation with an advanced degree (Masters, Doctorate) from a recognized post-secondary institution in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position (such as applied mathematics, environmental science, conservation, biology, or zoology).

Degree equivalency

Recent* and significant experience applying innovative statistical approaches using advanced statistical analysis software for the analysis of complex biological data sets.
Recent* and significant experience working with teams to design and implement surveys for wild animals.
Recent* and significant experience providing statistical advice to managers or scientific professionals on topics such as survey design, sample allocation or data analysis.
Recent* and significant experience writing and publishing scientific papers involving the design of wildlife surveys and analysis of wildlife data.

* Recent experience is defined as experience acquired within the last five (5) years.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of statistical aspects of wildlife survey design.
Knowledge of advanced statistical approaches for analyzing wildlife survey data.

Demonstrating integrity and respect;
Thinking things through;
Working effectively with others;
Showing initiative and being action-oriented

Ability to transform general project objectives into quantifiable goals and explain statistical concepts, techniques and results to various stakeholders.
Ability to design wildlife surveys to address program objectives.
Ability to analyze biological survey data provided in any of a variety of formats using appropriate statistical methods.
Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to plan, organize and set priorities.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Experience designing and/or conducting surveys for seabirds and/or other marine animals.
Experience analyzing large wildlife datasets using Bayesian and/or Machine Learning methods.
Experience using complex species distribution and/or resource use models, to analyze spatial or temporal patterns in animal abundance or movement.
Experience analyzing demographic data for wildlife using approaches such as mark-recapture models, stage-based models or integrated population models.
Experience analyzing animal survey data using models that account for imperfect detection.
Experience conducting surveys for birds.

Knowledge of monitoring techniques relevant to birds in Canada.
Knowledge of how to use survey data for wildlife and/or natural resource management.

Ability to identify Canadian birds by sight and sound.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

• Willing and able to travel, this could include travel to various locations in Canada and internationally, on occasion.
• Willing and able to work overtime, irregular hours and weekends on occasion.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

The following may be required depending on the position being filled:
• Willing and able to perform fieldwork.
• Willing and able to travel to remote locations and by small boats or small aircraft.
• Willing and able to work in adverse environmental conditions.
• Willing to obtain and maintain a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for non-restricted firearms.
• Willing and able to carry and use firearms in the field.
• Possess a valid driver’s license.
• Pre-employment and ongoing medical clearance

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

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an
email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

A written examination, an interview and/or a reference check may be part of the candidates' assessment. Your ability to communicate effectively in writing will be assessed through the answers you will provide in all of the screening questions you will be required to answer in the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) questionnaire.

We will only accept on-line applications received via the jobs.gc.ca site. Persons with disabilities or residing in locations that prevent them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

If you are already working for the Public Service, please clearly identify your substantive group and level, your employment status, and PRI on your resume / application.

Candidates will be required to submit a copy of his/her education documentation. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

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

Contact information

Gaetan Arteau, Human Resources Advisor
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