Nova Scotia L&F looking for Biodiversity-Species at Risk Biologist

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“Date: Jan 28, 2019
Apply By: 2/11/2019
Lands and Forestry
Biodiversity-Species at Risk Biologist (Biologist 1(A)-(B)-2(A)-(B)), Permanent, KENTVILLE
Competition # 17731

“As the Biodiversity-Species at Risk Inventory & Monitoring Biologist, you will conduct, coordinate, compile and support priority inventories for species-at-risk, habitats and ecosystems. This will be accomplished through the standardized collection of field data and specimens, laboratory processing and data mining. Using established methods, you will support field surveys, inventories, research projects, diagnostic and analytical services and provide feedback for future management and recovery of biodiversity.

“You will organize and analyze information and data from field, literature or expert surveys to inform program management decisions, including the formal/informal production of technical reports. You will also support the design, evaluation and modification of information technology support systems related to this work. You will support the Biodiversity Program with interpreting and conducting biodiversity surveys and data collection efforts. This may include assisting with:
– training and field supervision of permanent and temporary employees assigned to surveys
– training of regional staff as needed for local program delivery

“Additionally, you will provide technical advice and support to internal stakeholders (such as biologists, technicians and foresters as well as managers within the Department) and assist with efficient project planning and delivery. You will also contribute to program, planning and policy development in the Division.

“As the ideal candidate, you will have a Bachelor of Science (such as Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, etc.).

“To be successful in this role, you must be able to:
– work with a wide variety of plants, animals and other organisms and have experience or knowledge of related monitoring
– develop and carry out practical but robust surveys, inventory and monitoring programs
– work with diverse data and other information

“You must work well under pressure, possess strong analytical skills and have the ability to handle multiple competing priorities. You have a demonstrated ability to work independently to ensure the delivery of departmental programs and services. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential to effectively interact and converse with diverse groups and individuals from industry stakeholders, government organizations to the general public. You have experience using computers including spreadsheets, word processing and data management software.

“The following are considered assets:
– knowledge of provincial legislation, regulations, policies and procedures related to the environment, wildlife species and habitats
– field experience with species at risk and/or suitable habitat
– GIS proficiency

“This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).”

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