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Position Information:

This process is intended to fill existing vacancy(ies) and may be used to fill anticipated vacancy(ies) with the same work description, location(s), language requirements and FTE’s.

Position Title: Ecologist Team Leader I

Generic Work Description Title: Ecologist Team Leader I

Classification: PC-02

Location: Fort Smith, NT

Business Unit - Sub Unit: Southwest Field Unit - Wood Buffalo National Park

Language Requirement: English essential

Type of Employment: Term

Duration: August 15, 2014 to September 15, 2015

Rate of Pay: From $65,883 to $78,919 per year plus Isolated Post Allowance

Work Profile: Develops and manages an ecosystem-based natural resource management program in one or more fields (ecological integrity monitoring, active management, applied science and environmental assessment). Provides Parks Canada managers, partners and stakeholders with applied sciencebased knowledge and advice.

Staffing Process:

Area of Consideration:

  • Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

    General Information

    Selection process Number:14.06.WBNP.T/Asg.RM.C/OC.032ex

    Closing date:

    Applications must be received on or before July 14, 2014 at 5:00 o'clock MST

    General Enquiries

    Contact: Stuart Macmillan,
    Resource Conservation Manager

    Email: Stuart.Macmillan,

    Phone: 867-872-7938

    Submit your application to:

    By e-mail at
    By fax to 867-872-4181

    Your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet all the requirements for the position and must include:

  • your résumé;
  • your cover letter demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the position;
  • indicating your preferred official language for correspondence and assessment;
  • a copy of proof of education

    Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience factors listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list both of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter.

    Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application.

    Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.

    Statement of Qualifications

    Language Requirements: English Essential

    Education: Graduation from a recognized university with an undergraduate degree in resource management, conservation biology or other environmental science relevant to the position.
    *Proof of education must be submitted with application. Failure to provide a copy of the certificate with your application will result in your application not being assessed further.


      1. Experience designing, implementing, analysing and reporting on: ecosystem monitoring, active management, restoration, species at risk recovery, planning or environmental impact assessment projects and/or initiatives;
      2. Experience collecting, organizing, summarizing and analyzing scientific information from diverse sources;
      3. Experience providing written and oral science-based advice to support decision-making;
      4. Experience in preparing complex technical/scientific reports, manuscripts drafts, protocols, presentations, web site information, public presentations or displays;
      5. Experience in supervision;
      6. Experience traveling and working in remote areas.


        1. Knowledge of Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they relate to natural resource conservation;
        2. Knowledge of key Government of Canada acts and policies related to ecological integrity and natural resource management that apply to Parks Canada Agency
        3. Knowledge of the theories and principles of ecosystem structure and function;
        4. Knowledge of ecosystem management issues, management challenges and/or partnership opportunities related to resource conservation management;
        5. Knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis.


        1. Ability to analyse and synthesize scientific information;
        2. Ability to plan and direct the work of multi-disciplinary teams;
        3. Ability to travel and work in remote areas using a variety of equipment;
        4. Ability to make effective presentations adapted to diverse audiences (such as public, media, technical and managerial);
        5. Ability to work effectively with a variety of interests, i.e. colleagues, networks, external partners and stakeholders;
        6. Ability to schedule and assign work, set standards and priorities, instruct staff and assess staff performance, within an allocated budget.

      Personal Suitability

        1. Exercises sound judgement;<>/br> 2. Personally connects with people;
        3. Shares Parks Canada’s vision;
        4. Makes things happen;
        5. Communicates effectively;

      Conditions of Employment

      • Obtain and maintain a Reliability level security clearance; 
      • Valid class 5 driver’s license; 
      • May be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks;
      • When position is located in an area classed as isolated and remote, a pre-employment medical examination of an individual and his/her dependants may be required.

      Operational Requirements

      The position requires the incumbent to:
      • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
      • Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation;
      • Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays, when required;
      • Willingness to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles) and marine (motorized and non motorized vessels) transportation as required.

      Selection Process Notes

      Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their cover letter.

      The Public Service of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection and appointment processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to this process, please advise the organization's representative of your need for accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

      In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.