Lands Officer

Posting Date: May 24, 2024

Location: Grande Prairie, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Lands Officer 
Job Requisition ID: 56203
Ministry: Forestry and Parks
Location: Grande Prairie
Full or Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: ​​​​​​​Wage Temporary
Scope: ​​​​​​​Open Competition

Closing Date: Open Untill Suitable Candidate Found
Classification: Natural Resources 6 (056NRA)
Salary: ​$30.79 to $39.15

 

Wage Benefits:

•    Wage employees receive 11.2% in addition to regular wage earnings in lieu of benefits and vacation leave. 

•    5.2 percent of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays.

•    6 percent of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay.

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: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

Forestry and Parks - Responsible for growing our manufactured wood products and forestry sector, preserving, and managing our public lands and protected areas. Protected areas are essential to the quality of life that Albertans enjoy. They conserve our natural landscapes and wildlife habitat and offer a broad range of nature-based outdoor recreational opportunities. Alberta’s protected areas inspire people to discover, value, protect, and enjoy the natural world and the benefits it provides for current and future generations.

For more information about the Ministry of Forestry and Parks, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/forestry-and-parks.aspx
 

Role Responsibilities

Reporting to the Team Lead, this technical position is responsible for operational delivery of the Lands Program, which may include industrial, commercial, recreation, bed and shore, and riparian activities on all public lands within an assigned area.

The Lands Officer regulates land use and related activities through the review and conditioning of approvals of the various applications to use public lands and determines end use of public land for different activities. Recommendations and decisions regarding approval of activities are determined through discussions with affected stakeholders and through referrals with other agencies (i.e., Resource Stewardship Division) from which issues are identified and appropriate integrated solutions determined. The position subsequently ensures compliance with approved plans and disposition conditions through field inspections and audits and follows up on incidents of non-compliance through investigations and recommended enforcement action. The review of applications and plans, and the subsequent compliance monitoring, is conducted in accordance with provincial legislation, departmental goals and policies, and the principles of integrated land management for all land use dispositions.

Key responsibilities include:

•    Administer, inspect, and monitor industrial, commercial, and recreational dispositions and activities as related to the Public Lands Act and Parks Act.
•    Delivering extension services to meet applicant/client needs on all aspects of Crown land management and sustainable use.
•    Providing input into public land management and operational policy and program development
•    Evaluating land to determine the highest and best sustainable use of Crown land.
•    Integrating decisions to facilitate a balance of sustainable land uses.
•    Administering vacant Crown land to provide a balance of development, use, and conservation while maintaining biodiversity.
•    Assisting other Divisions and agencies with program delivery as required
•    Participate in the Occupational Health and Safety program.

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: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

How Competencies will apply to this role:

BUILDING COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.

DEVELOP NETWORKS: Proactively building networks, connecting, and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.

AGILITY: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions. 

Qualifications

Requirements

•    A two-year technical diploma in a related field such as Forestry Technology, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, or Natural Sciences,

•    Three years of related experience with the principles and practices of integrated land management, and 

•    A valid Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent.

Equivalencies may be considered on the basis of:

•    1 year of education for 1 year of experience.

Assets include

•    Working knowledge and ability to interpret various legislation including Public Lands Act, Public Lands Administration Regulation, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Weed Control Act, Forests Act, Forest and Prairie Protection Act and associated regulations, and the Mines and Minerals Act.

•    Working knowledge of Public Lands application process.

•    Experience with stakeholder engagement, both internal and external, such as with industry, recreation groups, environmental organizations, and municipalities.

•    Experience operating specialized equipment such as electronic information and tracking systems, ATVs, 4X4 trucks in off-highway conditions, GPS units, and trailer units.

•    Experience with ARC GIS.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 
Refer to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-minimum-recruitment-standards.

Notes

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Please note that is a temporary (6 months) Wage position located in Grande Prairie.

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

Links and information on what the GoA have to offer to prospective employees.

•    Working for the Alberta Public Service - https://www.alberta.ca/advantages-working-for-alberta-public-service.aspx
•    Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) - https://www.pspp.ca
•    Alberta Public Service Benefit Information - https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-benefits
•    Professional learning and development - https://www.alberta.ca/professional-development-support-directive
•    Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool – https://researchapscareers.alberta.ca
•    Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
•    Leadership and mentorship programs

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 https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before 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)(https://www.alberta.ca/international-qualifications-assessment.aspx) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (https://canalliance.org/en/default.html).

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, please contact  Ali Tarrabain at Ali.Tarrabain@gov.ab.ca