Job Posting: BC Ministry of Agriculture – Nutrient Management Specialist

Posting Title
LSO AGRL 2 – Nutrient Management Specialist
Position Classification
Licensed Sc Off Agrologist 2
Abbotsford, BC V5T 5E3 CA (Primary)
Salary Range
$56,662.05 – $70,770.36 annually
Close Date
Job Type
Temporary Assignment (TA)
Temporary End Date
BC Public Service -> Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry Branch / Division
Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch / Business Development Division
Job Summary

Nutrient Management Agrologist
Licensed Scientific Officer Agrologist 2

An eligibility list may be established to fill future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.
There is 1 immediate PROJECT POSITION for a set 12 month opportunity until August 1, 2019, with an opportunity to extend to 24 months (August 1, 2020).
Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position but at a lower classification.

The Ministry of Agriculture works to promote an innovative, adaptive and globally competitive agrifoods sector for the benefit of all British Columbians. The agrifoods sector- which includes agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and processing – is an important and successful contributor to the B.C. economy, and has responded vigorously to challenges and opportunities. The Ministry’s support of healthy and safe agrifood and seafood production and post-production processing provides new and value-added products for domestic and international markets, contributing to B.C. jobs and the economy as well as to diversified rural communities. The Ministry has a broad range of programs, initiatives and services that collectively encourage farm practices to protect the environment and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The Resource Management Unit provides leadership, expertise and professional advisory services to support agricultural management strategies for the Province in areas of water, waste, air, soil and other environmental-related matters. The Unit promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and assists adaptation in agricultural practices to mitigate environmental impacts. It also includes programs and services that maintain access to land and water resources that support the overall sustainability of the agriculture sector.

The Nutrient Management Agrologist provides leadership, technical and applied research expertise regarding nutrient management to the livestock and crop industry in British Columbia, as well as other government agencies and organizations. This position provides leadership and technical expertise to provincial program development in nutrient utilization and efficiency to meet challenges with crop production, water quality, and climate change.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

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.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Mark.Raymond@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Applicationpage on the MyHR website.

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

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Bachelor of Science specializing in one or more of soil science, soil fertility, horticulture or plant science, or production agronomy.
  • Registered as a Professional Agrologist, or immediately eligible* for registration as a Professional Agrologist, with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.
    * Note:  immediately eligible is defined as being registered as a professional Agrologist in another Canadian jurisdiction and able to transfer that membership to the BCIA within 6 months of employment.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the BCIA reviews their qualifications to ensure they have the necessary requirements for registration.
  • Minimum 30 months of work experience in the agriculture sector related to soil science, soil fertility, horticulture or plant science, or production agronomy.


Preferences may be given to applicants with the following: (applicants that the meet the above essential criteria may be further screened on the following preferences)

  • 24 months or more of practical experience with one or more crop or livestock industry sectors in B.C.

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 in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.  

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

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 be required to answer a standard questionnaire