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Forest Reclamation Scientist

Organization Name: Department of Natural Resources - Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre
Location: Edmonton (Alberta)
Salary: $53,161 to $133,410 (SE-RES-01 to SE-RES-05, depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.)
Closing Date: March 20, 2015 - 23:59, Pacific Time
Reference number: RSN15J-013773-000019
Selection Process Number: 2015-RSN-EA-0164-163754
Vacancies: 1
Employment tenure: You must ensure that you select at least one employment type when submitting your application: Employment tenure

Web site: For further information on the department, please visit Department of Natural Resources

Process intent

A pool of (fully or partially qualified) candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions within Natural Resources Canada with various tenures (determinate period or permanent), various language requirements (English Essential, French Essential, English or French Essential, or Bilingual), linguistic requirements (imperative and/or non-imperative) and profile(s) (BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CCC/CCC, etc.), various security requirements (Reliability status or Secret clearance), various conditions of employment and for various locations.

Who Can Apply

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Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment

Applicants who meet the following criteria will also be assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment for this position.

Essential Qualifications

Qualifications that are necessary for the work to be performed and that must be met in order for a person to be appointed.

Official Language Proficiency

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English essential


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Graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree in one of the following areas, Ecology, Biology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Landscape Ecology or Modeling, Land Reclamation, Plant Physiology or Plant Genetics.

Recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, or other written communications resulting from basic or applied research and scientific analysis. Demonstrated authorship of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


. Experience in developing and conducting research relevant to reclamation and/or restoration of forest ecosystems after disturbance from resource extraction
. Experience in supervising professional and technical staff

Asset Qualifications

Qualifications that are not essential to perform the work, but that would benefit the organization or enhance the work to be performed currently or in the future.


Experience in developing and/or contributing to successful research funding proposals
Experience in research of cumulative impacts of resource development
Experience in establishing partnerships and/or collaboration with oil and/or forest industrial stakeholders

Organizational Needs

Current or future needs that could enhance the way in which the organization operates or fulfills its mandate.

Employment Equity Group

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Natural Resources Canada is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. This organizational need may be identified as part of the appointment decision. In such cases, qualified candidates who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities or women (in non-traditional occupations) could be considered in priority.

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

Conditions of Employment

Requirements that a person must meet or comply with for as long as they occupy the position.

Security and Reliability

Reliability Status security clearance
This factor is not used at the screening stage. The hiring department is responsible for the security clearance process.

Other Conditions of Employment

Medical suitability
Willingness and ability to travel internationally occasionally
Willingness and ability to perform forestry related field work


A Forest Reclamation Scientist is sought to join the Ecosystem Health Science Program at the Northern Forestry Centre of the Canadian Forest Service. Working within an interdisciplinary team environment, the successful candidate will develop their own research program and contribute to existing studies in interdisciplinary teams. They will have discipline-based knowledge and experience in forest ecosystem science with an emphasis on the boreal forest landscape ecology and will have the ability to use this expertise to address one or more of the following sustainable forest management issues: land reclamation, integrated resource management, or assessing and managing cumulative impacts of resource development.

Information to be provided:

You must provide the following information when submitting your application:

Other Information (Notes)

The client organization will accept applications on-line only.

All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. Following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line:

Applicants can create a profile and a resume that can be used when applying for other processes without having to recreate a new application each time.
Applicants can modify their application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.
Applicants can verify the status of their applications, at any time.
Applicants can be notified electronically of tests or interviews and results.
For some jobs, applicants will find important information, namely the job questionnaire and a complete statement of merit criteria that are only available when applying on-line.

To submit an application on-line, please select the button "Apply Online" below.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email for screening and assessment purposes. This will include communication of screening results and invitations to written tests and interviews. To that end, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate's responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

NOTE: You must provide concrete and detailed examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience requirements listed in the essential qualifications and asset qualifications section. The screening board cannot make any assumptions about your experience. It is not sufficient to say that you have the required qualifications or to list your current duties. One effective approach would be to use the wording of each experience criterion as a heading and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating that you have the required experience and ensure that clear and accurate details are provided. APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THAT THE CANDIDATE MEETS THE SCREENING CRITERIA MAY NOT BE GIVEN FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

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

Candidates must meet the conditions of employment and continue to meet these same conditions during their employment.

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

Natural Resources Canada is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. This organizational need may be identified as part of the appointment decision. In such cases, qualified candidates who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities or women (in non-traditional occupations) could be considered in priority.

An interview will be sought.

A written test will be administered.

Reference checks will be sought.

For the purpose of personnel selection, the federal Public Service will accept any international education credentials which are recognized by a Canadian educational institution. For information on how to obtain an assessment of such an educational, professional and/or occupational credentials, contact:

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
95 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1106
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N6
Tel: (416) 962-9725
Fax: (416) 962-2800
Email: http://cicic.ca/691/ask-us-a-question.canada

Candidates should be prepared to provide proof of education (copy of degree/diploma) and citizenship or permanent resident status. If you have obtained education outside Canada, you will be required to submit proof of evaluation of Canadian equivalency.

You will be required to provide proof of your credentials.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

If you are selected for further consideration, please advise the person who will contact you of any accommodations you may require during the selection process.

Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

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

Your résumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.

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

Questions regarding travel and relocation.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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