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Resource Analyst (Bio-GIS)

Public Service Nova Scotia

  • Posted on: April 11, 2019

Lands and Forestry

Resource Analyst, Wildlife/Biodiversity Modeler (Biologist 3), Permanent, KENTVILLE

Competition # 18724  

Who we are

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province’s Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

As part of the Renewable Resources branch, you will be contributing to programs that develop and conduct research related to biodiversity and ecosystem management practices, develop strategies for sustainable management of Nova Scotia’s renewable natural resources, and interact with diverse organizations in the conservation, recreation and industrial sectors. The Wildlife division does this by monitoring populations of harvested and species-at-risk, maintaining digital and spatial (GIS) databases of occurrence and distribution of species and ecosystems, and developing species and ecosystem management tools for Integrated Resource Management through ongoing research.

A day in the life of a Resource Analyst – Wildlife/Biodiversity Modeler

The Resource Analyst is a new position in the Wildlife Division.  In this role, you will be able to showcase your leadership skills and provide professional and expert technical advice to various stakeholders. You will be responsible for carrying out ecological and statistical model development, programming and database management of an integrated suite of population, habitat, ecosystem and landscape modelling data and using a variety of other wildlife management planning tools.

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about innovative new biodiversity modelling approaches and their implementation.  The position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and initiative to advance provincial-level biodiversity conservation initiatives using a variety of ecological and statistical modelling approaches. You will provide expertise in the development of species and habitat distribution models that require a strong understanding of population dynamics, habitat ecology, and ecological relationships across a range of geographic scales to support an ecosystem-based management framework.  You will play a central role in ensuring forest management is informed by and responsive to biodiversity and wildlife habitat requirements.

This position will report to the Manager of Ecosystems and Habitats.

What makes a great Resource Analyst – Wildlife/Biodiversity Modeler

A Bachelor of Science Degree plus 6 years experience in wildlife/biodiversity resource modelling or a Master’s Degree in Science or Natural Resource Management and 4 years of directly related experience is required.

You must possess expertise in wildlife/biodiversity modeling, statistical analysis, and extensive experience using spatial planning systems such as Remsoft Spatial Planning Software (Woodstock, Stanley), Patchworks, or comparable spatial modelling and analyses in other statistical software (e.g., R).  Computer programming experience for developing software applications, analytical script (e.g. in Python, R) that support wildlife/biodiversity modeling processes is required. You must also have experience with relational and spatial databases and software used in modeling, specifically ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Workstation (including relevant extension such as FragStats and Patch Analyst) and statistical software (e.g. Systat, SPSS, R).

To be successful in this position, you will have the ability to deal with multiple ongoing and complex projects, shifting priorities, and tight time lines. You will be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, and to develop effective working relationships with staff and clients at all levels of government, the public and academic communities.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Pay Grade:  PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,524.89 – $3,077.78 Bi-Weekly

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


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