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Species at Risk Biologist

Reference number: DOE23J-139395-000002
Selection process number: 23-DOE-PNR-EA-605040
Environment and Climate Change Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Iqaluit (Nunavut), Whitehorse (Yukon)
$89,579 to $115,332

For further information on the organization, please visit Environment and Climate Change Canada

Closing date: 4 March 2024 - 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

*If you want a copy of the poster in Inuktitut – please email Michael Svoboda at Michael.Svoboda@ec.gc.ca.*


We are seeking a Species at Risk Biologist. This is not your typical field biologist position!

The duties of this position include:
• Providing coordination and implementation of selected species obligations, as identified by the Species at Risk Act, in conjunction with regional land claim obligations.
• Establishing, maintaining and participating in partnerships, committees and working groups with Indigenous organizations, government and non-government organizations on initiatives related to Species at Risk.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff 1 indeterminate, English essential position in Whitehorse, Yukon.

A pool of qualified candidates may be created to staff similar positions, with various tenures (indeterminate, specified period, deployment, assignment, secondment, acting, acting extensions), language requirements and profiles, and conditions of employment across Canada.

Northern Allowances (rates and conditions may change):
-Isolated Post Allowance
-Vacation Travel Assistance for each eligible member of the household

We also Offer:
-Housing: Federal government housing may be provided (Nunavut only).

-Relocation Assistance: Applicants may be eligible for relocation assistance and may wish to review the Relocation Directive: https://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/d6/en.

-Training, Development and Education Opportunities: A multi-year career development plans which include opportunities for education assistance funding and training opportunities.

-Pension and Benefits: Pension and health benefits. For more information, see: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/topics/pension-plan.html.

-Flexible Work Arrangements: Possibility of flexible hours and compressed work weeks.

We encourage you to check out the Cracking the Code video that helps people who are looking for a new career with the Government of Canada to navigate the application process step by step.

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 a degree 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.

Note: The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency


• EX1 - Experience working on environmental protection or wildlife issues.
• EX2 - Experience leading or participating on teams or partnerships with at least two of the following groups: Indigenous people, government, regulators, environmental non-government organizations or industry.
• EX3 - Experience analyzing and interpreting information on ecosystems, habitats or species.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other 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.

Degree equivalency


• AEX1 - Experience communicating in an Indigenous language of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut.
• AEX2 - Experience working effectively with Indigenous communities in northern Canada.
• AEX3 - Experience working in Nunavut (only for positions located in Iqaluit).
• AEX4 - Experience supervising or mentoring staff.
• AEX5 - Experience working on caribou research or management.

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

English essential
The immediate need is to staff 1 position, English essential position.

A pool of qualified candidates may be created to staff similar positions, with various language requirements and profiles.

Information on language requirements


• KN1 - Knowledge of Canadian wildlife species and their habitats.
• KN2 - Knowledge of legislation for species at risk.


• AB1 - Ability to communicate effectively orally.
• AB2 - Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• AB3 - Ability to plan, organize and set priorities.
• AB4 - Ability to provide technical advice to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Personal Suitability:

• PS1 - Demonstrating integrity and respect.
• PS2 - Working effectively with others.
• PS3 - Showing initiative and being action-oriented.
• PS4 - Thinking things through.

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


• AKN1 - Knowledge of the Nunavut Agreement (only for positions located in Iqaluit).
• AKN2 - Knowledge of Inuit culture, society and economy (only for positions located in Iqaluit).
• AKN3 - Knowledge of Indigenous culture, society and economy in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon (Yellowknife and Whitehorse location only).
• AKN4 - Knowledge of environmental characteristics of the Nunavut Settlement Area (only for positions located in Iqaluit)

Organizational needs

Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to building a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the Canadians who we serve.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other Conditions of Employment:

Conditions of employment may vary depending on the position to be staffed. They may include some or all of the following:

• Willing and able to work overtime, irregular hours and weekends on occasion
• Willing and able to travel within Canada, including travel to remote locations in Northern Canada.
• Possess a valid driver’s license.
• An approved Health Canada medical.
• Willing and able to travel in small aircraft, boats, or off-road vehicles.
• Willing and able to work in adverse environmental conditions.
• Willing and able to obtain and maintain First Aid Training certification.
• Willing and able to obtain required safety training/certifications and implement safety protocols.

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

Are you unable to submit your application online?

Should you be unable to apply online, please submit your application, quoting the Selection Process Number 23-DOE-PNR-EA-605040, to Atifa Syed at Atifa.Syed@ec.gc.ca and Michael Svoboda at Michael.Svoboda@ec.gc.ca on or before March 4, 2024. Alternatively, you can also mail your application to Michael Svoboda, ECCC – Canadian Wildlife Service, 91780 Alaska Hwy, Whitehorse Yukon, Y1A 5X7.

Applicants that are unable to apply online must prepare a cover letter on how they meet the education and experience listed under the “In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)” header of the job poster.

Applicants must:
-Use each of the education and experience criteria as a header. Under each corresponding header you should write one or two paragraphs that state exactly how you meet the education and experience factors.
-State clearly where and when you obtained the education and experiences, including the educational institution, and by identifying the employer(s) or organization(s) where you obtained the required experience factors, as well as concrete examples demonstrating your experiences.
-Demonstrate how they meet the asset education and asset experience by using the same format.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application being rejected. For this part of the screening process, resumes will only be used as a secondary source to validate the essential experience listed in the cover letter.

Assessment Process

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position. Please provide concrete examples of how you meet the essential education and each of the experience criteria. You will be asked to provide this information during the application process. Your resume will be used to confirm the information provided. A lack of information may result in your application not being considered.

Candidates invited to an interview will be asked to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript. 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/.

Our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes. Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Please ensure you check your e-mail periodically.

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


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

Michael Svoboda, Unit Head - If you have any questions, please include the following in the email subject line: BI 03, Species at Risk Biologist, 23-DOE-PNR-EA-605040.
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