GC Jobs

Physical Scientist – Forest Carbon Analyst

Reference number: RSN22J-084202-000006
Selection process number: 2022-RSN-EA-CFS-213624
Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service - Pacific Forestry Centre
Victoria (British Columbia)
$74,580 to $89,411

For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Closing date: 25 October 2022 - 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

Intent of the process

A pool of (fully or partially qualified) candidates may be established through this process to staff with identical or similar positions within Natural Resources Canada with various tenures, 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.

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, with acceptable specialization in forestry, natural resource management, geography, relevant biological or physical science, computer science or engineering or some other science relevant to the position.

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

• E1: Experience with simulating forest conditions for sustainable forest management planning, e.g. forest estate models.
• E2: Experience conducting aspatial or spatial analyses of natural resources-related data (i.e., forestry related) and preparing reports of a scientific-technical nature.
• E3: Experience with relational database manipulation, database queries using SQL, and database reporting.
• E4: Experience with scripting languages such as Python, or R.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• K1: Knowledge of forest data (i.e., forest inventory, forestry activities); forest analysis; and sustainable forest management planning.
• K2: Knowledge of quality assurance / quality control (QAQC) procedures for scientific-technical data and methods including computer analyses.
• K3: Knowledge of database management including queries, scripts, computer resources.

Abilities & Competencies
• A1: Ability to analyze and interpret output of scientific-technical computer simulation models.
• A2: Ability to organize work and establish priorities to meet deadlines.
• A3: Ability to communicate orally
• A4: Ability to communicate in writing
• A5: Ability to work under pressure and time constraints.

Personal Suitability
• S1: Effective interpersonal relationships
• S2: Problem solving
• S3: Team player
• S4: Thoroughness

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

Asset Experience
• AE1: Experience with forest carbon dynamics or harvested wood products modelling..
• AE2: Experience working on projects involving collaboration with multidisciplinary groups or agencies.
• AE3: Experience with spatial analysis, spatial data, and spatial analysis tools.

Asset Knowledge
• AK1: Knowledge of methods to estimate and report GHG emissions and removals associated with forest management activities, natural disturbances and wood use (i.e., consistent with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements, and the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 Guidelines and 2019 Refinement).
• AK2: Knowledge of forest carbon cycle science approaches.

Abilities & Competencies
• AA1: Ability to work under pressure

Personal Suitability
• AS1: Client service orientation.

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.

The work requires long periods of sustained attention to a computer screen.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other Conditions of Employment:
• Willing and able to travel

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

Other information
All applications must be submitted online through the GC Jobs website. DO NOT email, fax or mail in applications, as these will NOT be accepted..

Acknowledgment of receipts of applications will not be sent; we will only contact successful applicants when the screening process has been completed.

Applicants are required to meet the Essential Qualifications. Asset Qualifications MAY be applied at any point in the assessment process. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to answer Asset Qualifications questions in your online application. Applicants do not need to meet any/all of the Asset Qualifications for consideration; however, possessing any/all of the Asset Qualifications may increase the likelihood of being considered for an appointment.

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 may be sought.

A written test may be administered.

A situational exercise may/will be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

Random selection and/or top-down selection may be used at any time during the process to identify which applicants will be further assessed.

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. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca.

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.
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.


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

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