Salary: $83,314–$95,028 a year

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Posting Title
BIO 27R - Senior Wildlife Biologist
Position Classification
Biologist R27
Work Options
Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1A7 CA
Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6L8 CA
Squamish, BC V8B 0H3 CA
Surrey, BC V4P 1M5 CA
Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA
Salary Range
$83,313.86 - $95,028.49 annually, which includes a 3.3% Temporary Market Adjustment*
Close Date
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date
BC Public Service -> Water,Land,ResourceStewardship
Ministry Branch / Division
Strategic Land Use/Coast Area - South
Job Summary

Bring your strong leadership skills to this dynamic team environment

The Senior Wildlife Biologist will be a key team member in the South Coast, Ecosystems, Terrestrial Wildlife Resources Section focused on supervising professional staff, supporting decision making within regulatory frameworks, and implementing regional wildlife and ecosystems projects. Leading a regional team of subject matter experts, the Senior Wildlife Biologist guides regional wildlife and habitat stewardship planning, including cross-ministry engagement and collaboration with Indigenous Nations and partners.

Our work is increasingly delivered through an agile approach, with a focus on our 8 epics: Terrestrial Habitat Management; Population Recovery; Collaborative Management of Natural Resources with First Nations; Planning the Land with First Nations; Aquatic Ecosystems and Watersheds; Fraser River; Building Public Trust & Engagement; and People Care.

Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you: Why Work for the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship.

Check out this video to learn more about biology careers at the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship.

Job Requirements:
  • Degree in biological sciences or equivalent.
  • Registered (or immediately eligible) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment. (Note: Immediately eligible is defined as being registered as a Professional Biologist (RP Bio) with the College of Applied Biology within 6 months of appointment. Confirmation of registration/ eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be confirmed. If you are not currently registered, advise how you have confirmed with the CAB that you are immediately eligible.)
  • Experience interpreting and applying environmental management legislation and policy.
  • Experience leading staff in project or field settings.
  • Experience in public and First Nations consultation processes on ecosystem management issues.
Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience in wildlife management, conservation biology, and species-at-risk management, especially for Northern Goshawk, Marbled Murrelet, Grizzly Bear, Mountain Goat, Black-tailed Deer, and Roosevelt Elk.
  • Experience in providing expert advice and recommendations to senior decision makers, with a focus on complex natural resource management issues.
  • Experience in the design and analysis of complex ecological studies.
  • Experience working with First Nation communities and/or facilitating First Nation consultation or negotiations.
  • Experience working collaboratively with First Nations on complex natural resource management issues.
  • Experience and knowledge of relevant provincial and federal acts, regulations, policies, and procedures (e.g., BC Forest and Range Practices Act, BC Wildlife Act, BC Land Act, Federal Species at Risk Act).
Provisos & Willingness Statements:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid B.C. driver’s licence.
  • Willingness to meet safety standards of Work Safe BC.
  • May require the operation of a variety of equipment.
  • Willingness to conducts field work which may include the following: travel to remote areas by vehicle, boat, air or foot, overnight or extended stay in rough camp conditions and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be ability to carry equipment and supplies in difficult terrain.

Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) with CAB. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the CAB).

For questions regarding this position, please contact

About this Position:
This position can be based in any of the following Coast Area Natural Resource Sector offices: Surrey, Squamish, Chilliwack, Nanaimo, or Victoria.
Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work at home subject to an approved telework agreement.
There will be occasional travel required to meet with the team and clients face to face; therefore, willingness to travel should be an important consideration in your application.
Please refer to MyHR for more information on Temporary Market Adjustments.
Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.
An eligibility list may be established.

Working for the BC Public Service:
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact or 778-405-3452.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

Professional Designation: YES - Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Biologist (RPBio) with the BC College of Applied Biology. Note:immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the CAB. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES - You will need to complete a standard questionnaire (current employment status, eligibility to apply, etc.).

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the posting.

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Category
Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical
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Deadline: 22-12-2023

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