Section Head, Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Biologist R30

This posting may be used to establish an eligibility list for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

Contribute your valued expertise

The Section Head manages staff and financial resources and is accountable for supervision of professional and specialist wildlife and ecosystems biologist staff.  The Section Head develops unit work plans while setting and ensuring achievement and evaluation of program and project outcomes that are focused on the assessment, sustainable use, management and conservation of terrestrial species, ecosystems and habitats.  The position oversees the application of legislation, policies and professional standards.  The Section Head leads projects and strategic initiatives to address large-scale and controversial issues within Cariboo region, as well as participating in collaborative initiatives across the region and at a provincial level. 

Williams Lake  is located in the volcanic Interior Plateau of Central BC . Summer and winter recreational opportunities abound, including hiking, fishing and hunting as well as skiing, paddling and renowned mountain biking.   Williams Lake has the full range of services and is only 3 hours from Kamloops and Prince George. The Williams Lake Stampede is one of the biggest rodeos in Western Canada, and pays tribute to its ranching history.

The Cariboo region is also situated in a remarkably diverse landscape with both rainforests and semi-arid grassland ecosystems within a short drive of Williams Lake. It is the meeting place for both northern and southern species and hosts two of the four main sockeye runs on the Fraser. The historic Alexander Mackenzie -Grease trail crosses the region and road houses still mark the path of the Cariboo wagon road to the gold fields.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. 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 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:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in the biological sciences or equivalent, and minimum one years’ of related experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the biological sciences or equivalent, and minimum two years’ of related experience.
  • Experience managing complex and sensitive natural resource management issues.
  • Experience interpreting and applying environmental management legislation and policy.
  • Experience in public and First Nation consultation processes dealing with natural resource management.
  • Experience managing technical and/or professional staff in resource management.


  • Experience developing study design to assess and monitor wildlife and terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Experience with the management of wildlife and terrestrial habitats.
  • Experience in project management, including leading multi-disciplinary teams and supervising staff in project or field settings
  • Experience using cumulative environmental effects assessments to evaluate and inform resource management activities and decisions.
  • Experience collaborating with First Nations on wildlife and habitat management.
  • Experience providing advice on and/or developing environmental mitigation and offsetting options.
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Experience in contract procurement and management.
  • Registered (or eligible) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RP Bio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment.


  • Must possess/obtain and maintain a valid British Columbia driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • May require the operation of a variety of field equipment including boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and 4WD vehicles.
  • Must be willing and able to fly in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters as required.

Please include your registration number with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) within your application, as you must be registered or 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 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.

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.


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

Resume required: YES – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – 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.


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