Canada nationals: Conservation Specialist

British Columbia Public Service
Kamloops, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Virtual Recruitment Process

Due to present physical distancing requirements related to COVID-19, the recruitment process for this competition may take place virtually.

  •  An eligibility list may be established for future temporary or permanent positions

An opportunity to make a difference.  

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for leading programs that maintain and enhance the quality of the Province’s water, land and air; maintaining the relative abundance and biodiversity of the Province’s ecological systems inside and outside of protected areas; managing the Province’s parks and recreation program delivery. The Ministry consists of several  divisions including BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service, Environmental Protection, Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Policy, and the Climate Action Secretariat. The Ministry receives corporate financial, IT/IM and strategic human resources support from the Corporate Services organization serving the natural resource ministries. 

Parks and Protected Areas (PPA) Regional Operations is the delivery arm for BC Parks, including all frontcountry and backcountry recreation services and is the primary interface with First Nations, parks facility operators and stakeholders. Regional Operations staff work collaboratively with Provincial Services Branch located in Victoria, as well as with the Ministry’s Environmental Protection Division and the Environmental Sustainability Division and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development to effectively deliver on government’s environmental, economic and social goals and objectives.

The key function of the Conservation Specialist is to develop, coordinate and provide expert advice and guidance for ecosystem conservation, restoration and management in parks and protected areas. Conservation Specialists support their respective regions in identifying key conservation management actions for Annual Management Plans, and providing input, information and expertise to support the Parks and Protected Areas section and into management planning processes led by regional planners.  

The Conservation Specialist liaises with stakeholders, volunteers, contractors or other parties doing direct management or projects in parks and protected areas. You will identify and communicate the role the park plays in landscape level conservation initiatives, liaising with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development ecosystems staff on broad level conservation objectives and how parks fit within those strategies.  

The Conservation Specialist supports headquarters conservation policy development as appropriate and oversees performance measures, targets and requirements for developed programs including coordinating reporting out methods.

Kamloops is surrounded by over one hundred lakes as well as the North and South Thompson rivers. Water-based activities are very popular, such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, tubing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice-fishing. The Thompson region has a diverse ecology from grasslands to alpine, and is the traditional territory of numerous First Nations who are key partners in the management of protected areas.   

This is your opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful regions in British Columbia and work for the BC Public Service. We offer a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits and much more.  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 DO 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, 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. 

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 and Experience

  • University degree in biological sciences, resource management, environmental science, or equivalent.
  • Experience in conducting environmental monitoring and assessments. Preference may be given to applicants with 2 or more years of this experience.
  • Experience in project and contract management.
  • Experience relevant to current resource management science.
  • Experience managing and monitoring contracts and contractors in a business environment and assessing performance.
  • Experience developing management strategies for land use planning.
  • Experience researching, summarizing and communicating specialist scientific information effectively, both orally and in writing, to experts and non-experts.
  • Registered (or immediately eligible to register within six months of employment) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology.

Note:  to meet the ‘within 6 months of employment’ requirement, both education and experience requirements of the CAB must be attained at time of application and may be requested by the hiring panel.  To assess your ability to meet these criteria, please visit the CAB website academic self-assessment tool and the report submission guidelines

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence (or ability to immediately obtain/transfer from another Canadian jurisdiction).

Preference may be given to applicants with 

  •  Experience with field classification and identification of provincial species and ecosystems.
  •  Experience with current natural resource management and land use issues that are specifically relevant to the local region. 
  •  Experience with stakeholder consultation with First Nations.
  • Experience working in a park/protected area setting (i.e. federal or provincial park) 

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 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). To assess your ability to meet these criteria, please visit the CAB website academic self-assessment tool.

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 (COMPREHENSIVE): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire. 

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.


Job Category

Natural Resource Sector, Scientific and Technical

Additional Information

71050- BIO 24 Conservation Specialist Job Profile