Rangeland Agrologist

Posting Date: Jul 13, 2024

Location: Red Deer, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Rangland Agrologist 
Job Requisition ID: 53606
Ministry: Forestry & Parks
Location: Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: 2 temporary positions 12 months
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Open unit suitable candidates are found 
Classification: Agrologist Level 2
Salary: $ 2,594.83 to $3,558.35 Bi-weekly ($67,725- $92,872 /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: 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 Rangeland Approvals Team Lead, and working as part of a team of Agrologists, the Rangeland Agrologist is responsible for delivering the Rangeland Approvals Program. This position provides professional expertise, extensive knowledge and decision making on agricultural crown land.  
 

This position administers crown land agriculture dispositions while ensuring compliance under multiple legislations and policies and provides professional expertise with respect to range management practices to disposition holders, the public and other professionals in government and industry. This is a regulatory, land management role that makes integrated, multi-faceted decisions to manage the ecological integrity of agricultural crown lands while facilitating responsible economic development, multiple-use opportunities, and land allocation through consultation. 
 

Note: This position requires extensive fieldwork, operating off highway and ATV vehicles, driving on gravel roads (and highways), and working alone around livestock in remote areas where wildlife may be present.  
 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assessing and auditing crown land agricultural dispositions within the current regulatory structure
  • Issuing approvals and authorizations within the current regulatory structure
  • Managing and administering Alberta’s vacant public lands and participating in integrated land management decisions to promote responsible development and protect ecological integrity
  • Providing support in the administration and management of the Allotments within the Forest Reserve.
  • Evaluating the highest and best agricultural sustainable use of public lands to meet the needs of development, conservation, and stewardship
  • Providing input into land management and operational policy, as well as program development, within Environment and Protected Areas and Forestry and Parks to represent district and regional interest
  • Providing subject matter expertise regarding legislation and regulations to ensure transparency of processes and programs on agricultural crown land
  • Supporting the Ministry by providing professional services to the people of Alberta while upholding Alberta Public Services values of respect, accountability, integrity, and excellence

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:


Agility: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience and work effectively in changing environments. 
 

Creative Problem-Solving: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.
 

Systems Thinking: Work done is part of a larger integrated and inner-related environment. Allows us to keep broader impacts and connections in mind.
 

Develop Networks: Proactively building networks, connecting, and building trust in relationships with stakeholders.
 

Drive for Results: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results aligned with the organization's goals while maintaining accountability.

Qualifications

Requirements: 

  • A University Degree in Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, or a related field.
  • Plus 3 years of related experience.
  • Professional Agrologist status or eligible for in-training status with (AIT) from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA)
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License (or equivalent) with a clean driving record.
  • Standard First Aid and Basic CPR
     

Assets include: 

  • Experience with range and riparian management and health assessments.
  • Experience with plant identification, plant community classification, soil classification.
  • Experience working with applicable regulatory legislation: Public Lands Act, WAERNAHRA (Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act, ), and applicable regulations, Forest Reserves Act, Water Act, Forest and Prairie Protection Act, Parks Act, etc.
  • Skills in mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution to effectively manage the interests of a wide variety of disposition holders, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Experience using ArcGIS or other GIS mapping software.
  • Computer literacy in a Windows platform including Microsoft programs and departmental computer programs such as GLIMPS

     

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 of work per week, Monday to Friday. There are 2 temporary positions available, one in Red Deer and one in Rocky Mountain House.
 

This position requires extensive fieldwork, operating off highway and ATV vehicles, driving on gravel roads (and highways), and working alone around livestock in remote areas where wildlife may be present.  
 

 Candidates with lower qualifications are encouraged to apply as they may be also considered as an underfill in a lower classification.
 

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.
 

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