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Wildlife Biologist III

Reference number: DOE23J-098399-000054
Selection process number: 23-DOE-ONT-EA-576276
Environment and Climate Change Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
Ottawa (Ontario), Port Rowan (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario)
BI-03, PC-03
$82,579 to $106,933

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

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Closing date: 25 September 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

The information provided must enable the Selection Board Members to understand HOW (clear explanation of duties), WHEN (date) and for HOW LONG (length of time in months or years), and WHERE (employer and geographic location) the experience was acquired. You will be asked to provide this information during the application process.

Your resume may be used to confirm the information provided. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information. A lack of information may result in your application not being considered any further.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Work environment

Are you interested in working with one of the oldest arms of Canada’s Public Service responsible for conservation issues in Canada?

We are the Canada Wildlife Service (CWS) - Canada’s national wildlife organization. Our central area of focus is on the protection and management of migratory birds, non-aquatic species at risk and their nationally important habitats. The Canadian Wildlife Service is composed of a dynamic team of dedicated biologists, natural resource managers, wildlife technicians, administrative officers and other professionals. We work extensively with partners, including other branches of Environment and Climate Change Canada and federal departments, provinces, First Nations, Métis and Inuit and non-government organizations to implement federal wildlife laws and policies and to advance wildlife conservation programs and initiatives.

CWS is a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and is among Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2021. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference!

If you would like to work in a dynamic environment with a passionate group of people who work together to solve challenging problems, please submit your application!

The various positions will work in a team environment that deliver a variety of programs including regional engagement with partners and stakeholders on stewardship, project management and funding initiatives, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife monitoring and assessment, landscape and geospatial analysis, planning, evaluating, and implementing nature-based solutions for greenhouse gas emission reduction, effecting wildlife conservation permitting activities, and informing regional impact assessments. The team is a fun, adaptable and innovative group so you will be encouraged to be creative, connected, and curious. Depending on the position, your duties could range from planning and leading fieldwork, to reviewing and contributing to policy, or to building partnerships with stakeholders to extend the influence of our programs. You will meet and work with many different partners and stakeholders and you will also work with national program teams to share the regional perspective, contribute to national policies, and coordinate projects.

Intent of the process

The intent of the process is to staff one (1) position immediately.

A partially or fully qualified pool of candidates will be established to staff similar positions within the Canadian Wildlife Service Ontario region with various tenures (indeterminate, specified period, deployment, acting, acting extensions, assignment, secondment), various linguistic requirements, various conditions of employment and/or operational requirements.

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)


EX1. Significant experience* leading the planning and implementation of a habitat conservation, species at risk, migratory bird or protected area project.
EX2. Significant experience* leading the analysis of information on ecosystems, habitats or species.
EX3. Significant experience* providing scientific advice or technical advice and formulating recommendations to advise decision makers on ecosystems, habitats or species conservation projects.
EX4. Experience** collaborating*** with officials from the federal government, provincial government, Indigenous groups, municipalities, or industry on environmental issues.
EX5. Experience** supervising staff, other temporary employees or students.
EX6. Experience** in developing, revising, or interpreting natural resource or conservation policies, plans, or regulations.
EX7. Experience** with project management.

*Significant experience refers to the depth and breadth of experience associated with having performed a broad range of related activities which were the candidate’s primary work responsibilities over a minimum of three (3) years. The scope, complexity and diversity of the work performed will be taken into account in assessing this component.

**Experience refers to the depth and breadth of experience associated with having performed a broad range of related activities.

***Collaborating means working jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


STREAM 1 (BI-03):

ED1. 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.

STREAM 2 (PC-03):

ED2. Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to 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


K1. Knowledge of key challenges in wildlife conservation or habitat conservation in Canada, including relevant natural, social and economic factors.
K2. Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the federal/ provincial / territorial / Indigenous governments, and non-government organizations with respect to wildlife conservation.


A1. Ability to communicate effectively orally.
A2. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
A3. Ability to set and manage priorities and workload to attain program results.
A4. Ability to plan multi-disciplinary projects and lead teams.


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

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

Based on the hiring division’s needs, the following listed asset qualifications and operational requirements may be identified and applied during the assessment and/or selection of candidates.


AED1. Graduation with an advanced degree (Masters, Doctorate) from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization relevant to the position to be staffed.

Degree equivalency


AEX1. Experience utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) suite of products.
AEX2. Experience working with Indigenous peoples.
AEX3. Experience with financial project management or negotiating a financial contribution agreement.
AEX4. Experience leading recovery planning or action planning for species at risk or protected area management planning or habitat monitoring planning.
AEX5. Experience working with government policies, industry practices, or legislation/regulations in the forestry, agriculture, or urban development sectors to drive planning or decision making for conservation initiatives.
AEX6. Experience in negotiating agreements, Memoranda of Understanding or partnerships for wildlife or habitat conservation.
AEX7. Experience utilizing ecological, geological, or planning information to conduct landscape-scale analyses and inform decision-making.
AEX8. Experience leading habitat restoration projects in wetland or grassland ecosystems.
AEX9. Experience in the process of protecting land for conservation purposes, including fee-simple acquisition, registration of conservation easements, designation or establishment of Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), or other mechanisms resulting in perpetual protection.
AEX10. Experience planning and leading programs or projects with a strong field component and a focus on habitat conservation, species at risk, migratory birds, protected areas, or other topics relevant to the position.
AEX11. Experience participating in environmental / impact assessment processes for development projects.
AEX12. Experience maintaining relational databases and implementing information management best practices.


AK1. Knowledge of carbon accounting processes and the impact of conservation activities, including avoided conversion and habitat restoration, on greenhouse gas emission reduction.
AK2. Knowledge of municipal, regional, provincial or territorial land-use planning processes, and how land-use planning, including that of the forest, development, resource extraction, or agricultural sectors, impacts biodiversity, habitat conservation, or climate change mitigation/adaptation.


Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population we serve. In support of achieving a representative workforce and our employment equity goals, selection may be limited to qualified candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity designated groups: Indigenous People, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women.


• Willingness and ability to travel;
• Willingness to work occasional overtime including evenings and weekends;
• Willingness to do field work in adverse environmental conditions and potential exposure to environmental hazards, travelling by small aircraft, boat, or ATV (only for some positions);
• Willingness and ability to travel; this could include travel to remote locations and by small boats or small aircraft.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance


• Valid driver’s license
• Depending on the requirements of the position(s) being staffed from this process, the following conditions of employment may apply:
• Successfully pass a medical evaluation from Health Canada prior to appointment, and then at specific intervals as required.

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 written examination, an interview and/or a reference check may be part of the candidates' assessment.

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 pass mark will be established for each qualification. However, achieving the pass mark is not guarantee of an appointment or that candidates will advance to the next stages of the assessment process. A cut-off score (in other words, establishing a higher threshold than the pass mark and selecting only the candidates who meet this threshold) and a top-down approach (in other words, establishing a maximum number of candidates who can proceed to the next assessment stage) may be used at any step if there is a sufficient number of candidates to meet immediate and anticipated staffing needs.

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

Éléonore Curodeau, Human Resources Advisor
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