Various forestry group positions - Inventory
Natural Resources Canada
Edmonton, AB
Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service
Edmonton (Alberta), Victoria (British Columbia), Fredericton (New Brunswick), Corner Brook (Newfoundland and Labrador), Ottawa (Ontario), Petawawa (Ontario), Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), Québec (Québec)
FO-02 - FO-03
Indeterminate (permanent), Term (including acting appointment) and Temporary (casual or part-time worker)
(FO-02 $72,362 to $86,724; FO-03 $84,527 to $98,114)

For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Closing date: 8 August 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Important messages

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

The inventory will be used to staff vacancies with various tenures including temporary (casual or part-time worker) and term (including acting appointments) and permanent (indeterminate). Under certain conditions, candidates appointed to a casual or term position may subsequently be appointed indeterminately to the same position. As various positions will be filled from this inventory, a complete statement of merit criteria is not provided at this time. The criteria listed are those requirements to be met for entry into the inventory. Should you be contacted for further consideration, the hiring manager will provide a copy of the complete Statement of Merit Criteria for the position being filled. At that time, you may be required to provide additional information to be used for screening and assessment. The merit criteria may be assessed each time using a variety of assessment methods in accordance with the position requirements. Where relevant and as a means to manage volume, we may randomly select candidates from the inventory as opportunities arise.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled workforce that is representative of Canada's diversity, which includes the recruitment of Canadian Veterans and releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel:

Work environment

At Natural Resources Canada, we encourage developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. We know it takes people from diverse pools of talent to make this happen. That is why we are looking for people like you. As an employee at Natural Resources Canada you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis. We support balancing your work and private life by offering the benefits of flexible work arrangements.

Intent of the process

Candidates may be referred from this inventory for various positions based on the needs of the organization, asset qualifications, or random selection. The inventory will be updated every 60 days. If your application is part of the inventory, you will receive a system generated email notice in your applicant account 10 days before that period. The notice will ask you whether your application should continue to remain active for an additional 60 days. Failure to respond to the email will result in the inactivation of your application. You will need to reactivate your application to be considered for staffing opportunities.
The inclusion of your application into the inventory will depend on the responses provided to the questionnaire. The information you provide in the questionnaire must be true. Your résumé will be verified by Natural Resources Canada staff during the referral of your application to a hiring manager. You must ensure that all of the experience criteria you identify in the questionnaire are included in your résumé. If your résumé is selected for a process and your experience is not clearly demonstrated, your application may be rejected. Any false or fraudulent information will result in the rejection of your application.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a bachelor's degree in forestry or wood science from a recognized post-secondary institution ; or
Graduation with a bachelor's degree in a natural science from a recognized post-secondary institution combined with acceptable experience.

Degree equivalency

To qualify for both an FO-02 and FO-03 position candidates must demonstrate how they meet the following requirements:

  • Experience planning and conducting field or laboratory-based forest research activities, or other forest science projects
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data
  • Experience in at least one of the following:
o preparing scientific papers or reports for publication;
o presenting scientific works at conferences or workshops;
o transferring scientific knowledge to stakeholders.

To qualify for an FO-03 position candidates must demonstrate how they meet the following requirements :

  • Significant* and recent** experience leading research studies or forest science projects
  • Experience managing a financial budget.
  • Experience supervising professional or technical staff.
  • Experience synthesizing and interpreting relevant information from different sources in order to explain or advise on complex forestry issues.
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders.
  • "Significant experience" means continued experience that demonstrates the full complexity of duties performed for at least three (3) years.
** "Recent experience" means experience acquired over the past four (4) years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


For FO-2 or FO-3 :
Graduation with a Master of Science degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in forestry, wood sciences, or a related natural science.
Experience planning and leading forest research projects or programs.
Experience managing a scientific database.
Experience conducting economic analyses.
Experience applying predictive models for forest growth, wood quality, or forest ecology.
Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for forestry applications.
Experience implementing different vegetation management approaches.
Experience working with First Nations or Aboriginal organizations.
Experience analyzing and interpreting policy issues.
Experience applying biological statistics in forest-based research.
Experience using a recognized statistical program (e.g., SAS, R).

Degree equivalency

For FO-02 only :
Experience managing a financial budget.
Experience supervising staff.
Experience engaging with stakeholders.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

Ability to effectively communicate orally
Ability to effectively communicate in writing

Interpersonal relations
Sound Judgement
Team Spirit

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Natural Resources Canada is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. Qualified candidates who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, or women (in non-traditional occupations) could be selected to meet an employment equity gap.


Conditions of employment


Reliability or Secret security clearance.
Possession of a valid driver's license.
Medical examination.
Willingness to travel away from home base for extended periods.
Willingness and ability to work outside in adverse weather conditions.
Willingness and ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
Willingness and ability to work overtime on short notice.

Successful candidate(s) must meet and maintain any applicable Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.

Other information

We encourage applicants to identify any abilities, competencies, and/or experiences acquired through employment with the Canadian Armed Forces where applicable.

Candidates whose applications are retained for further consideration may be required to travel to attend an interview or for the administration of a test. If you are asked to travel in relation to this appointment process, you should direct any questions you have about travel entitlements to the hiring organization, when contacted, and they will provide you with the necessary information.

Those selected for an interview should be prepared to provide the names of their references. Some or all of these individuals may be contacted. References must have an in-depth and direct knowledge of your work, and must be able to answer specific questions pertaining to your achievements and strengths. References must have worked with you for at least six (6) months within the last five (5) years.

Candidates should be prepared to provide proof of education (copy of degree/diploma) and citizenship or permanent resident status. If you have obtained education outside Canada, you will be required to submit proof of evaluation of Canadian equivalency.

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email for screening and assessment purposes. This will include communication of screening results and invitations to written tests and interviews. To that end, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate's responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.