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Remote Sensing Specialist

Ministry of FLNRO and Rural Development

  • Posted on: June 25, 2020
  • Full Time
  • Victoria, BC

An eligibility list may be established.

Contribute your valued expertise to support excellence in sustainable forest management

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development delivers holistic resource management services for British Columbians and has a mandate to manage specified Crown land and resources in a manner that embraces the economic, environmental and social goals of government. These results are all essential to improving the global competitiveness of BC industry and our ability to attract private investment and to stimulate economic growth and job creation across the province.

The primary responsibility of the Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch is to provide forest analysis and inventory information to assist in meeting the Resource Stewardship Division’s stewardship mandate, the Chief Forester’s statutory responsibilities, and critical information needs of the ministry and the natural resource sector. The Branch’s two key programs [Forest Analysis and Forest Inventory] provide critical forest analysis, inventory data, strategic direction, and policy support to enable sustainable forest resource management and the determination of AACs for timber supply areas [TSAs] and tree farm licence areas [TFLs]. The Branch also contributes to informing management and decision making by providing information and analysis that help explore the implications associated with a wide range of current and evolving resource issues and practices.

The Remote Sensing Specialist is the scientific and technical authority on remote sensing within the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Applications team. This role is responsible for identifying opportunities and designing and implementing projects that use remote sensing and geospatial technologies to address a wide variety of business needs of the forest inventory section. The forest inventory section produces forest inventory maps, data sets, imagery, reports, and models. These products provide the current and accurate resource information that is a prerequisite for responsible and effective management of BC’s natural resources.

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NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Master’s Degree [preferred] in a natural resource discipline and a minimum of five [5] years’ experience with the application of remote sensing and geospatial data and techniques to provide natural resource information; or,
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a natural resource discipline and a minimum of seven [7] years’ experience with the application of remote sensing and geospatial data and techniques to provide natural resource information.
  • Experience working with forest inventory spatial and attribute databases, such as the Vegetation Resources Inventory [VRI]. Preference may be given for 3 or more years of this experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with modern digital image/GIS processing and analytical techniques with an emphasis on geospatial applications.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency with geospatial software and databases applications such as ArcGIS, PCI Geomatica, ENVI, Oracle and MS Access.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency with programming languages such as Python, SQL and R.
  • Preferred experience or knowledge of modern geospatial technologies including remote sensing imaging sensors; photogrammetry, image enhancement and classification; change detection, spatial data modelling, and geospatial data integration for inventory update and resource information analysis and reporting.
  • Preferred experience or knowledge of designs, methods and key components of the BC forest inventories, including the Vegetation Resources Inventory [VRI], Landscape Vegetation Inventory [LVI], and LiDAR-enhanced forest inventory.
  • Preferred knowledge and experience integrating LiDAR into natural resource projects and/or experience in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [UAV].
  • In-depth technical knowledge, and demonstrated experience and proficiency, planning, managing, and undertaking projects and activities that utilize remote sensing and geospatial data and methods to provide natural resource information.

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.

A Criminal Record Check [CRC] will be required.

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