RES O 27R - Inventory Data Scientist (BC Public Se...

Job description

Posting Title

RES O 27R - Inventory Data Scientist

Position Classification

Research Officer R27



Work Options



Kamloops, BC V2H 1B7 CA

Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)

Prince George, BC V2N4P7 CA

Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA

Salary Range

$83,071.72 - $94,752.42 annually

Close Date


Job Type

Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date


BC Public Service -> Ministry of Forests

Ministry Branch / Division

Forest Analysis and Inventory / Office of the Chief Forester

Job Summary

A dynamic role for a skilled analyst with excellent research andcommunication skills

The primary responsibility of the Ministry's Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch (FAIB) 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 allowable annual cut for most of the province. 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 Data Scientist is the lead computing and data analysis expert for the Inventory Analysis and Reporting team. The Data Scientist works closely with other FAIB scientists to complete analyses of large ground sampling and inventory datasets to continually improve on the information available to inform forest management and decision making. This role also requires proactive engagement of scientific and policy experts in other branches and ministries. The position undertakes independent professional data analysis and represents the ministry at partner or stakeholder meetings.

Job Requirements

  • Post-graduate degree in a related field* and at least 1 years related experience**, or a degree in a related field and at least 2 years related experience***.
  • Minimum 3 years of R programming experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience with forest mensuration and the BC forest inventory.
  • Related education fields include data science, computer science, forestry, biometrics, ecology, GIS, statistics, or mathematics.
  • Academic experience may be considered.
  • Related experience may include:
  • Experience in designing and executing analyses of large datasets.
  • Experience analyzing data using R or SAS.
  • Experience developing open-source code using collaborative, version-control software such as GitHub.
  • Experience in forest mensuration and sampling, forest inventory projection models, or forest biomass and carbon modelling.

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

  • 3 years or more experience and demonstrated knowledgein forest mensuration and sampling, forest inventory projection models, or forest biomass and carbon modelling.
  • 3 years or more experience and demonstrated abilities processing and analyzing data usingSAS.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dan.Turner@gov.bc.ca .

About This Position

Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work up to 2 days at home per week subject to an approved telework agreement.

An eligibility list may be established to fill future permanent vacancies.

This position can be based out of any of the location(s) listed above.

Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.

Working For The BC Public Service

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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact IndigenousApplicants@gov.bc.ca or 778-405-3452.

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 .

How To Apply

Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

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 need to complete a basic questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

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 at the bottom of the posting.

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

Job Category

Natural Resource Sector, Policy, Research and Economics


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