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Resource Analyst - Wildlife Biodiversity Modeler (Biologist 3)

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: KENTVILLE, NS, CA, B4N4E5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27674 

Department: Lands and Forestry


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/3/2020

About Us

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province. 

As part of the Renewable Resources branch, you will be contributing to programs that develop and conduct research related to biodiversity and ecosystem management practices, develop strategies for sustainable management of Nova Scotia’s renewable natural resources, and interact with diverse organizations in the conservation, recreation and industrial sectors. The Wildlife division does this by monitoring populations of harvested and species-at-risk, maintaining digital and spatial (GIS) databases of occurrence and distribution of species and ecosystems, and developing species and ecosystem management tools for Integrated Resource Management through ongoing research.

About Our Opportunity

The Resource Analyst is a new position in the Wildlife Division.  In this role, you will be able to showcase your leadership skills and provide professional and expert technical advice to various stakeholders. You will be responsible for carrying out ecological and statistical model development, programming, and database management of an integrated suite of population, habitat, ecosystem and landscape modelling data and using a variety of other wildlife management planning tools.

Primary Accountabilities

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about innovative new biodiversity modelling approaches and their implementation.  The position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and initiative to advance provincial-level biodiversity conservation initiatives using a variety of ecological and statistical modelling approaches. You will provide expertise in the development of species and habitat distribution models that require a strong understanding of population dynamics, habitat ecology, and ecological relationships across a range of geographic and temporal scales to support an ecosystem-based management framework.  You will play a central role in ensuring forest management is informed by and responsive to biodiversity and wildlife habitat requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Master’s Degree in Science or Natural Resource Management and a minimum 4 years experience in the development and application of statistical models for ecological data, or a PhD in Science or Natural Resource Management with an emphasis on quantitative ecology.

You must possess extensive experience and expertise in wildlife/biodiversity/ecosystem modeling, including spatial modeling and statistical analysis using R or comparable statistical software, Python, Remsoft Spatial Planning Software (Woodstock, Stanley), Patchworks, or other comparable spatial modeling software. Computer programming experience for developing software applications and analytical scripts (e.g. in R, Python) that support the modeling of wildlife/biodiversity/ecosystem processes is required. Experience with relational and spatial databases and software used in modeling, specifically ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Workstation or equivalent (e.g. QGIS) and relevant extensions (e.g., FragStats, Patch Analyst) are preferred.

To be successful in this position, you will have the ability to deal with multiple ongoing and complex projects, shifting priorities, and tight timelines. You will be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, and to develop effective working relationships with staff and clients at all levels of government, the public and academic communities.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Salary Information

PR 15 - PR 15 

$2,575.57 - $3,139.57 


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to


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