Forest Health Officer
Rocky Mountain House
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April 5, 2013
Natural Resources 8
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
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Located in Rocky Mountain House and reporting to the Forest Program Manager, this position is responsible for operational delivery of the Forest Health Program in the Clearwater area.
The Forest Health Officer conducts surveys to detect and evaluate the impact of insect pests and disease on forest stands, nursery stands and seed orchards as well as develop plans to execute suitable actions for management, this includes specific management of mountain pine beetle, spruce budworm, mistletoe and a variety of aspen defoliators. This position is responsible for the genetics site maintenance and liaising with the Tree Improvement Section on work such as Limber Pine Cone collection as well as for a component of Firesmart and forest management planning and operations.
The incumbent will be responsible for Clearwater Area's Invasive Plants Program, the goal of which is to fulfill the Department's responsibility under the Weed Act and minimize losses of productive forest land. This position provides training and ensures increased awareness amongst area staff, stakeholders, industry and the general public for recognition and reporting of forest insect, disease and invasive plant incidence. You will evaluate, develop, acquire and transfer appropriate information and technology for the purpose of detection, prediction and control of major forest pests. The incumbent is also responsible for supervision of seasonal forest health staff and ensures proper linkages between the mountain pine beetle, spruce budworm, aspen defoliator and invasive plant programs and all of the local and provincial databases.
Working as part of a team you will be required to communicate departmental forest health priorities to external stakeholders and jurisdictions. The successful candidate should posses excellent communication, problem solving and leadership skills along with the ability to be creative. Strong negotiation, mediation and interpersonal skills are required. Experience and understanding of forest management planning, operations, land use management, compliance and performance monitoring, auditing practices and local timber programs would be an asset.
A degree in forestry or related field plus a minimum of four years related experience. Membership or eligibility for membership, in the College of Alberta Professional Foresters, Alberta Professional Technologists or Alberta Society of Professional Biologists is required. Equivalencies will be considered. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary. A valid class 5 driver license is required.
$2,610.76 to $3,371.99 bi-weekly ($68,140 to $88,008 annually)
This competition may be used to fill a number of current and future vacancies at an equivalent or lower level in various Ministries throughout the Government of Alberta.
How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: April Husak, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, 4th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza, 9915 - 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2G8. Phone: (780) 644-4614; Fax: (780) 427-2513.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact April at Phone: (780) 644-4614 or e-mail: ESRD.HRS@gov.ab.ca.
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