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Forester 3 (Forest Carbon/Climate Change Resource Analyst)

Date: Jan 17, 2018

Location: TRURO, NS, CA, B2N 0G9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia


Competition # 7641  


Forester 3 (Forest Carbon/Climate Change Resource Analyst), Permanent, TRURO   


Natural Resources 


Posting Closing Date: 1/31/2018   


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Department Overview


The Department of Natural Resources has broad responsibilities relative to the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land.


As part of the Renewable Resources branch, you will be contributing to the vital Forestry division that develops and conducts research related to forest management practices, developing strategies for sustainable management of Nova Scotia’s forests. The Forestry division does this by maintaining a provincial forest inventory and a comprehensive digital (GIS) database, coordinating the maintenance of scaling standards, managing the provincial forest nursery and developing forest management tools for Integrated Resource Management through extensive and ongoing forest ecosystem research. 



As the Resource Analyst – Forest Carbon/Climate Change Modeler you will be responsible for carrying out forest model development, analysis and database management. You are an expert in forest modelling and will take on a leadership role in the update & development of various forest resource modelling and planning processes. You will be a key player in the development of provincial legislation, regulations and policy related to forest resource management and forest land management. By using approaches that are socially and environmentally acceptable, you will seek solutions that provide multiple and demonstrable benefits to diverse stakeholders and the public. You will make significant contributions to Nova Scotians by illustrating your leadership skills and providing professional and expert technical advice to various stakeholders.


If you are passionate about innovative new modelling approaches and their implementation this is the position for you!  It will provide you with an exciting opportunity to be creative, take initiative and showcase your exceptional analytical skills to advance provincial-level initiatives and modelling approaches in support of ecosystem-based forest management.



A Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry or Natural Resource Management plus 6 years’ experience in forest resource modelling or a Masters Degree in Forestry or Natural Resource Management and 4 years of related experience is required.


You must possess expertise in forest-level modeling and have extensive experience using the Remsoft Spatial Planning Software. You will have experience with forest resource analysis tools, relational databases and spatial databases used in forest modeling, specifically ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Workstation software, and relational database software (Microsoft SQL Server, MS Access, MS FoxPro).


You are knowledgeable in forest carbon dynamics and climate change in the context of forest management and will be able to provide expert advice on forest carbon management to diverse stakeholders including senior staff of government. You are also knowledgeable in regional, national and international guidelines and legislation related to Climate Change.


To be successful in this position, you will have the ability to deal with multiple ongoing and complex projects, shifting priorities, and tight time lines. 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.


Experience developing, managing, deploying strategic and tactical level planning models across diverse stakeholder groups is highly desirable. Modelling experience related to forest economics, forest policy assessment, forest carbon, forest based bioenergy or climate change would be considered assets.


Pay Grade:  PR 15  


Salary Range:  $2,414.00 - $2,826.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. Applicants applying for this opportunity must clearly indicate in their covering letter or resume that he/she is currently a Nova Scotia Government Civil Service Employee and a member of the NSGEU and include their Employee ID.  Failure to do so means that your application will not be given first consideration and will only be included if external applications are pursued. Your Employee Self-Serve access will allow you to confirm what your employment status and ID number are prior to applying for this restricted position.


External applicants and current casual Nova Scotia Government employees will only be considered if there are no qualified Nova Scotia Government Civil Service NSGEU bargaining unit candidates.


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 or will result in termination of your employment.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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