Senior Forester Planning

Posting Date: Jun 14, 2024

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Senior Forester Planning
Job Requisition ID: 56975
Ministry: Forestry and Parks
Location: Edmonton
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent 
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Open until Filled
Natural Resources 9 Market Adjustment
Salary: $3,019.49 to $3,910.86 bi-weekly ($78,808 to $102,073/ year)

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

We work to enhance the economic, environmental, and social contributions of our forests and Public lands to Albertans. For more information about the Ministry of Forestry and Parks please visit our website at:  

Role Responsibilities

The Senior Forester planning leads the development of detailed forest management plans and multi-stakeholder planning teams by coordinating, facilitating, directing, and achieving sustainable forest management outcomes based on Alberta Forest Planning Standard administered by Forest Stewardship and Trade Branch (FSTB).

This position is accountable for managing external communication and leading interpretation of applicable legislation, policies, and guidelines while providing guidance for complex forest management issues and balancing ecological, social, indigenous, economic interests under integrated resource management paradigm. Through engagement with forest industry, technical subject matter experts, regional staff, and other GoA ministry partners, the Senior Forester Planning ensures all developed plans support Alberta’s sustainable forest management goals and objectives.

The duties of a Senior Forester planning include, but are not limited to:


  • Leading the forest resource management team in the development of forest management plans (FMPs) for both Forest Management Agreements (FMA) and Non-FMA Forest Management Units.
  • Devising effective strategies to oversee forested public lands, considering factors such as forest health, economic development, wildfire prevention, biodiversity (including fisheries and wildlife), and legislation.
  • Contributing to the continual improvement of the provincial Forest Planning process through demonstrated Project Management Skills and performance monitoring.
  • Identifying and addressing new forest management challenges through problem-solving initiatives.
  • Implementing effective internal communication strategies to facilitate collaboration and information flow.
  • Ensuring that approved forest management plans align with sub-regional plans and support provincial forest management strategies.
  • Developing provincial policies, manuals, and standards to ensure the sustainable management of Alberta's forested public lands through appropriate forest management planning.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors 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.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

About Your Competencies: 

  • Creative Problem Solving - to come up with solutions to complex problems, while balancing the development, conservation, and use of resources.
  • Develop Networks - Maintain close relations with all stakeholders, actively incorporate the needs of the broader group, and ensure overall client satisfaction.
  • Drive for Results - Plans for and delivers results, from concrete deliverables to process improvements, managing resources effectively and ensuring attention to details


University graduation (4 years) in Forestry or Natural Sciences or Natural resources a plus 6 years of progressive responsibility and directly related experience.

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education



  • Membership or eligibility for membership with the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP) is a requirement.
  • Comprehensive experience in strategic forest management, operational timber production, silviculture, wildfire management, and forest health.
  • Profound understanding of sustainable forest management principles, along with awareness of industry pressures and branch priorities.
  • Exceptional ability to independently assimilate, evaluate, and prioritize information from diverse perspectives, professions, and subject areas to achieve departmental objectives and feasible outcomes.
  • Outstanding capability to understand and effectively communicate complex conceptual ideas, as well as to lead multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder groups.
  • Highly skilled with a proven track record in identifying and anticipating issues, managing conflicts, and handling the impacts of political interests.

To be considered, your application must be accompanied with a cover letter that outlines how your education and experience make you suitable for the role. Your cover letter and resume will be used as a screening tool to assess your written communication skills.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. Refer to


This is a full-time, permanent opportunity located in Edmonton. This position works Monday to Friday, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM, 36.25 hours a week.

In your application, please a include cover page detailing your interest, and role related experience. In your resume include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time. For example January 15, 2006 - June 25, 2009: Assistant (PT three 8 hrs. shifts/week).

This position will require final candidates to undergo a security clearance. 

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in.


What we offer:

How To Apply
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.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (

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

Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

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 or a copy of the role profile, and/or require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Ali Tarrabain at