Regional Entomologist *Ministry FLNRO* Smithers

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 to Tuesday, October 20, 2020


$66,675.12- $83,659.51 annually

The Forest Entomologist serves as the regional expert and representative providing professional and scientific advice and opinions related to forest insect detection, monitoring, population dynamics, treatment and mitigation.  Responsibilities include assessing current and potential forest insect problems and opportunities, with a specific focus on bark beetle and defoliator management, development and implementation of applied research, insect control projects, and extension services. The position participates in the development of operational and/or strategic plans, legislation, standards, management practices and strategies that address key entomological issues, with the goal of minimizing or mitigating potentially serious economic and stewardship impacts posed by certain insect infestations, such as mountain pine beetle.

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Qualifications for this role include:

  • Masters of Science (MSc) with emphasis on forest entomology, forest health or pest management plus a minimum of four (4) years directly related experience; OR,
  • An equivalent combination of training and evidence of scholarly or career achievement in a related area such as forest health or integrated resources management may be considered; AND,
    • Directly related experience includes operational experience in areas such as integrated resources management, timber supply review, forest health, and forest ecology.
  • Registered or eligible for registration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP); OR,
  • Registered or eligible for registration as a Professional Agrologist (PAg) with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA). 
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license, or an equivalent.
  • Must hold or obtain Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate within one (1) year of accepting the position.
  • Experience in entomology including taxonomy, methods for detection and evaluation of insect occurrences and impacts, experience with insect/host relationships, population ecology, insect behaviour, and natural enemies.
  • Experience with experimental design, experimental methods, scientific principles, statistics and rigour required for operational research and trials.
  • Experience in interpreting, analyzing, and synthesizing, a broad range of scientific and technical data and information to objectively and professionally evaluate forest practices and issues, provide expert advice, identify trends, develop and recommend innovative, practical solutions and management practices.
  • Experience in communicating scientific and technical information verbally or in writing at a level appropriate to the audience, including writing a variety of documents including scientific papers, reports, communication and training materials, letters and briefing materials.
  • Experience in reading and interpreting aerial survey results, utilizing information technology and databases containing provincial resource inventory information, analyzing data and report results.
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