Wildlife Recovery Biologist

Edmonton (Region), Alberta (CA)
$2,975.50 to $3,850.62 bi-weekly ($77,660 to $100,501 per annum)
Dec 19, 2017
Jan 19, 2018
Job ID # 1046478
Wildlife Biology
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Natural Resources 9

Alberta Environment and Parks, Edmonton. We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: http://aep.alberta.ca/

As the Wildlife Recovery Biologist, you are accountable for delivering of species at risk conservation initiatives in the Lower Athabasca Region or in the Peace Region. The primary objective is to enable management actions that prevent extirpation, and achieve recovery, of woodland caribou and other species at risk populations.

You will work both independently and participate as a key member of an integrated team of managers, professional, and technical staff responsible for ensuring sustainable woodland caribou populations in the province of Alberta - a key task in response to provincial policy and federally mandated requirements.

Role functions include recovery and maintenance of woodland caribou populations, development, delivery and adaptive management of caribou range and action plans, planning and implementation of habitat restoration activities, management of caribou predator populations (may include planning and operational oversight of potential caribou rearing facilities), and ensuring effective ongoing communication with government personnel and other stakeholders. In your role, you will lead or participate in the initiation, development and delivery of various research projects, and influence plans and policies related to the recovery of woodland caribou and other species of risk.

To help you succeed in this position, your solid interpersonal, communication, analytical, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills will serve you well in dealing with other professionals, and as a representative of the government in various internal and external initiatives. Please see the position profile below for a detailed list of responsibilities.

In this position, you will spend time working in an office setting, with some field work involved. Travel within the region and throughout the province will be required as part of your responsibilities. You will have regular and on-going contact with various stakeholders, both internal and external to the department.

Salary: $2,975.50 to $3,850.62 bi-weekly ($77,660 to $100,501 per annum).

Closing Date: January 19, 2018. Job ID # 1046478.


Qualifications:  A degree in Natural Science or Biology supplemented with a minimum of six years directly related experience working with large wildlife and/or species at risk, and wildlife population or habitat modeling is required. Equivalencies will be considered. A graduate degree at the masters level or above is considered an asset. Experience in the research or management of woodland caribou will be considered an asset. Preference may be given to a candidate with a post-graduate degree or certification. Proficiency is required in Microsoft Office, GIS mapping and analytical techniques, Arc Map, data base management, and report writing. A valid Class 5 driver's license is required. Assets for this position include experience in: staff supervision, public consultation, contract and budget preparation and management, an understanding of forest harvesting planning and operations and of oil and gas planning and operations, and a working knowledge of key provincial and federal legislation, regulations, and policies. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The links below will assist you with understanding competencies:




CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: ability to quickly assess complex situations, make effective use of well-developed problem-solving skills, be able to effectively complete assigned duties within identified timelines, and make decisions about how to proceed appropriately in situations where complete information may not be available.

DEVELOP NETWORKS: to succeed in this position you will need to have strong interpersonal skills and possess the ability to work with multi-stakeholder groups both within and outside of the department and government. You will be expected to use your strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated negotiation and mediation skills to help resolve complex wildlife recovery issues and address a range of stakeholder expectations.

SYSTEMS THINKING: decisions you make could have significant impact to industry and the environment alike, and you will need to work within a broadly defined conceptual legislative framework.

DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: as a supervisor and mentor, you will ensure the developmental needs of staff are identified and work with the staff to provide training opportunities that allow staff to grow and prepare for future roles and responsibilities.

This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

Lower Athabasca Region has one permanent Wildlife Recovery Biologist position in Edmonton (or alternate location in Lower Athabasca Region). Qualified applicants will be provided an opportunity to fill future vacant priority positions identified in the province (i.e. Peace River and Grande Prairie).


What we offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits plan: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Employees/DocList122.cfm
  • Pension plan:


  • Health Spending Account:


  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

Online applications are preferred via www.jobs.alberta.ca. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter; resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith, Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact (780) 644-4308.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/iqas.

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.


Position Profile: 


We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact (780) 644-4308. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.