Job Posting: Government of Canada – Forest Soil Research Scientist

Forest Soil Research Scientist

The Government of Canada – Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service is looking for a forest soil research scientist for a full time position based in Victoria, British Columbia. Closing date: 16 August 2018 – 23:59.

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Reference number: RSN18J-019827-000049
Selection process number: 2018-RSN-EA-CFS-185745
Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service
Victoria (British Columbia)
SE-RES-01 – SE-RES-05
$55,870 to $144,413 ((SE-RES-01 to SE-RES-05, depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.))For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources CanadaClosing date: 16 August 2018 – 23:59, Pacific TimeWho can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request special accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Information on accommodation for persons with disabilities

We will only accept on-line applications received via the GC Jobs site at: To submit an application on-line, please select the button “Apply Online” below. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

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:

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

Intent of the process

A pool of (fully or partially qualified) candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions within Natural Resources Canada with various tenures (determinate period or permanent), various language requirements (English Essential, French Essential, English or French Essential, or Bilingual), linguistic requirements (imperative and/or non-imperative) and profile(s) (BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CCC/CCC, etc.), various security requirements (Reliability status or Secret clearance), various conditions of employment and for various locations.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

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

Graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field of the natural or physical sciences, engineering, geology, earth or forest sciences.

Productivity or recognition includes developmental work leading to the issue of patents, copyrights, or the creation of improved varieties, functions, or designs, and/or recognition by the professional community of the research environment. It also refers to recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from:
• Research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems;
• Operational research and scientific analysis;
• Planning, analysis and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development

Degree equivalency

Experience designing or leading research studies

Experience conducting field studies (e.g., field surveys, sampling, environmental monitoring) and laboratory experiments directly related to any of: Physical, chemical, biological or fertility properties of forest soils, forest site productivity, forest soil carbon and nutrient cycling, above- and below-ground forest biomass, forest harvesting, silviculture or integrated resource management practices

Experience working with R, SAS, MatLab, Python or similar analytical packages

Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals

* Requirement for experience: Obtained within the last 10 years

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of forest soils (e.g., pedology, edaphology, classification and mapping systems, sampling, analyses, methodologies and techniques)
Knowledge of forest or wood fibre management practices (e.g., harvesting systems, forest biomass, bio-products), forest site productivity, forest site rehabilitation or ecological restoration within forest ecosystems
Knowledge of forest soils in relation to climate change mitigation (e.g., greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration) and operational implications for forest management
Knowledge of risk assessment and management principles

Prepare research proposals
Manage research projects
Communicate effectively in English orally
Communicate effectively in English writing
Prepare and deliver presentations

Strong organization skills
Effective interpersonal relationships

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

Experience with analytics, data science, or statistical methods
Experience supervising scientific staff
Experience leading or participating in multidisciplinary research projects or teams
Experience in communicating applied research results to the end-user community including writing technical reports or providing practical guidance for field managers or other stakeholders

In support of achieving a diversified workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity Groups: Aboriginal peoples, Persons with a Disability, Visible Minorities, and Women.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status (Security Clearance)
National and International travel is required
Travel including some fieldwork is required
Occupational Health Assessment (Medical) required before appointment and to be maintained throughout employment (Department will arrange)

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

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

An interview may be conducted.

A written examination may be administered.

Reference checks may be requested.

If you are selected for further consideration, please advise the person who will contact you of any accommodations you may require during the selection process.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Candidates must meet the conditions of employment and continue to meet these same conditions during their employment.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

Random selection and/or top-down selection may be used at any time during the process to identify which applicants will be further assessed.

We thank all applicants for their interest in our position(s). For the purpose of this staffing process, only candidates selected for further assessment will be contacted.


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.

Contact information

Tina Gaccione – Human Resources Advisor