Local recruitment: Regional Aquatic Ecosystems Science Specialist

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Peterborough, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Do you have a passion for client service? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? A unique and interesting opportunity exists for those with a background and experience in aquatic ecosystem biology. Consider this role in which your expertise and communication skills will be showcased and utilized to provide advice and input into the development of resource management plans, regional programs, standards and guidelines.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
• a defined benefit pension plan
• maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
• comprehensive health plan
• life and disability insurance
• flexible work arrangements
• collegial and professional work culture
• career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• on-the-job training to support your success in the role

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is committed to providing employees with flexible work arrangements to help provide work/life balance when operationally feasible.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• support resource management decision making by transferring existing science, knowledge, information and technology to resource managers and planners relative to aquatic ecosystem dynamics;
• investigate and identify the best existing science to use in support of resource management decisions, issues management, and policy implementation;
• provide scientific advice and leadership in the identification of regional priorities with respect to the synthesis and application of current science research and in informing broader science needs in the NDMNRF.

How do I qualify?

Technical expertise:

• You have expert knowledge of the theories, principles and practices related to biology, with a focus on aquatic ecosystems and populations (e.g. species requirements and interactions, habitats, lake, river and riparian function) as well as knowledge, understanding and ability to apply current ecological, resource management principles and planning approaches.
• You have the ability to interpret and apply guidelines, policies and legislation regarding natural resource protection, and environmental assessment requirements to achieve conservation objectives with respect to land use plans, projects or proposals.
• You have knowledge of technical and scientific procedures and practices for monitoring and assessment (e.g. sampling methods, design and standards), as well as, the ability to use related tools and technology (e.g. landscape models, geographic information systems, and statistical analysis).

Communication and presentation skills:

• You have well-developed communication skills to make presentations and provide technical advice, guidance, discuss technical information and provide training.
• You can prepare technical reports, briefing materials, and corporate correspondence.

Interpersonal and relationship management skills:

• You can facilitate and build consensus for effective team building, problem solve and reconcile diverse interests of project teams, agencies, Indigenous groups, non-government organizations, and other partners on aquatic science needs and resource management issues.
• You have group leadership and relationship management skills to support planning and task teams and develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external network of colleagues and specialists.

Scientific investigation and analytical skills:

• You have demonstrated research skills to review literature, scientific reports and research available technical information.
• You have applied analytical and problem-solving skills to investigate existing science related to resource management challenges or issues, and to assess biological/resource management situations based on large resource/user datasets and to clarify problems, evaluate options and identify approaches to address a variety of ecosystem concerns (e.g. species requirements and interactions, habitats, lake, river and riparian function).

Project management and organizational skills:

• You have project management skills to lead and organize your own work and that of teams in the development of plans and solutions.
• You have solid project management skills to develop terms of reference, organize and assign tasks, coordinate and monitor project work.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:


  • 1 Permanent, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region

Compensation Group:Ontario Public Service Employees UnionUnderstanding the job ad – definitionsSchedule:3-ACategory:SciencePosted on:Thursday, January 13, 2022Note:

  • Effective October 1, 2021, the OPS COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive requires all Ontario Public Service employees to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, meaning they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Ministry of Health (refer to: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Status in Ontario), including 14 calendar days have passed since receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed ‘not vaccinated’ under the Directive and will be required to attend a vaccine education program and undergo regular rapid antigen testing. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program, but must undergo regular rapid antigen testing.

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 27, 2022 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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Accommodation is available under the Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
Note: The only website where you can apply on-line for positions with the Ontario Public Service is http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca

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