Local recruitment: Section Head (Ecosystems) 

British Columbia Public Service

Surrey, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Title: BIO 30R – Section Head, Ecosystems
Position Classification: Biologist R30
Union: GEU
Location: Surrey, BC V4P 1M5 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $82,578.37 – $94,300.04 plus 3.3% Temporary Market Adjustment
Close Date: 1/8/2023
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Land,Water,ResourceStewardship
Ministry Branch / Division: LUPPE – Coast Area, South Coast Region

Job Summary

Section Head, Ecosystems
Biologist R30

 An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and/or temporary opportunities. 

On November 1, 2021, the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19.  Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required.  It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service.  More information can be found here.

Bring your operational expertise to this unique opportunity

The Ministry of Land, Water, and Resource Stewardship (LWRS) is accountable for integrated land and natural resource management, including objective settings for land and marine environments, effectively managing cumulative effects, and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.  This position is part of South Coast Region Resource Stewardship, in the Land Use Planning and Ecosystems Division of LWRS. 

The South Coast Region Resource Stewardship works with First Nations on collaborative stewardship of natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and ecosystems) and monitoring of cumulative effects. 

Section Head, Ecosystems provides supervision and professional oversight for a regional resource stewardship program including managing staff and financial resources, managing stakeholder relationships, applying legislation, policies and professional standards in a consistent manner, participating in provincial policy development, and overseeing program delivery and professional projects.

With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. Come be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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 information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Kristina.Lensky@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific 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, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:

Education & Qualifications:

  • Degree in biological sciences or equivalent.
  • Registered (or immediately eligible*) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment.
    *Note: Immediately eligible is defined as being registered as a Professional Biologist (RP Bio) with the College of Applied Biology within 6 months of appointment. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be confirmed. Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) with CAB. If you are not yet registered with the CAB, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the CAB).


  • Experience interpreting and applying environmental management legislation and policy.
  • Experience leading staff on projects or program delivery.
  • Experience negotiating agreements with other levels of government or First Nations.

Preference may be given to applicants with 1 or more of the following: 

  • Experience collaborating and/or consulting with First Nations on natural resource management issues.
  • Comprehensive experience leading, planning, assessing, and managing fish & wildlife populations and their habitats, particularly for species at risk in the South Coast of B.C.  
  • Experience supervising, leading, coaching, and mentoring professional staff in resource management.  

Willingness/proviso statements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid British Columbia Class 5 driver’s licence.
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Willingness to meet safety standards of WorkSafe BC.

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.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Biologist (RPBio) with the BC College of Applied Biology. Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the CAB. Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made. 

Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

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.

Job Category: Scientific and Technical

Additional Information:  Section Head, Ecosystems Job Profile





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