Crop Risk Specialist *Ministry of Agriculture * Kelowna

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017

Crop Risk Specialist

Ministry of Agriculture, Kelowna

Salary: $61,805.03 - $ 77,194.06 annually

This position is also posted as a STO-RE 27R under REQ 43795

The Business Risk Management Branch (BRMB) provides agricultural risk management services to help farmers and farm organizations proactively manage uncertainty through production insurance, income stabilization and wildlife damage compensation programs. These programs are funded through the Growing Forward multi-lateral framework Agreement between the provinces and Canada.

The Crop Risk Specialist, works independently within the terms, objectives, plans, policies and procedures of the Provincial and Federal Governments, the Ministry and the scientific principles and practices of agronomy and horticulture to analyze current and new agronomic practices and test pilot projects for the high profile Production Insurance and risk management programs. These programs are a result of policies and purposes that are in a constant state of flux due to new or revised federal and provincial initiatives. Without in-depth analysis by the crop risk specialist, the commitment of the Province of British Columbia to insurance liabilities would be at risk due to inappropriate or inaccurate scientific practices. The Crop Risk Specialist provides professional, technical expertise, correlation and standards experience and guidance for production insurance product design, development, testing, delivery and maintenance.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Degree in Agriculture, Business or Economics plus, 5 years’ experience (OR a Master’s degree and 3 years’ experience) in agriculture industry analysis with a focus on financial and production parameters for tree fruits and grapes.
  • Registered member in good standing as a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag) with the BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) or immediately eligible for registration as a Professional Agrologist with the BCIA.  Note:  Immediately eligible for registration means you have a professional designation in good standing with another provincial institute of agrology and you can transfer your membership to the BCIA.  It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure eligibility.
  • Minimum of three years (preferably four or five years) experience in the discipline of agronomy or related to primary agriculture production.
  • Two years of experience supervising technical and administrative staff;  OR, four years of experience delivering agriculture risk management programs or delivering agriculture projects of moderate to high complexity, with multiple deliverables and with various and divergent stakeholder interests.
  • A valid Class 5 BC Driver's license is also required.

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