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LSO OTHR 3 – Senior Seed Orchard Officer

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date March 22, 2020
Type Full Time
Company BC Public Service
Salary $65,367.78 - $81,773.78 - Annual
Location Vernon, BC
Category Scientific and Technical
Client BC Public Service
Contact Information
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LSO OTHR 3 – Senior Seed Orchard Officer – (68220)

Posting Title: LSO OTHR 3 – Senior Seed Orchard Officer
Position Classification: Licensed Sc Off Other 3
Union: PEA
Location: Vernon, BC V1T9G9 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $65,367.78 – $81,773.78 annually
Close Date: 4/15/2020
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> FLNRO and Rural Development
Ministry Branch / Division: FIRM/Office of the Chief Forester
Job Summary

Senior Seed Orchard Officer
Licensed Science Officer (Other) 3

This posting may be used to establish an eligibility list for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

Make a difference in this rewarding career opportunity

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) is responsible for stewardship of Provincial Crown land and natural resources, and protection of B.C.’s archaeological and heritage resources. Overseeing a land base of 94.8 million hectares, the Ministry supports the sustainable management of forest, mineral and land resources, the prosperity, viability and competitiveness of industries that use them, and public access for a wide range of activities such as hunting, fishing and recreation. The Ministry is responsible for policy development, operational management and implementation, and oversees over 50 statutes and associated regulations.

Within FLNRORD, the Forest Improvement and Research Management Branch (FIRM) reports to the Office of the Chief Forester. One of the many roles within the sections of FIRM is the operational production of genetically improved seed through intensive planning, management, and administration of seed orchards in a Crown land stewardship framework. A seed orchard is a key element in a successful tree improvement program. Our seed orchards are advanced generation plantations of genetically superior trees, intensively managed to produce frequent, abundant, and easily harvested seed crops. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been operating seed orchards since 1963 and FIRM’s seed orchards currently produce approximately 50% of the improved seed used for reforestation in British Columbia from over 40 individual seed orchards of nine different tree species at multiple FIRM sites around the Province.

The position reports to the Manager, Seed Production (excluded) and provides specialist services as a licensed professional Forester to manage and ensure the continued efficient operations of three Seed Orchards, including the Kalamalka Seed Orchard, Bailey Seed orchard, and Prince George Seed Orchard.

Vernon is Surrounded by rolling grasslands with rocky outcrops and stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir, its three lakes and mountain views in every direction command attention. Nature remains Vernon’s biggest asset. Famous champagne powder at Silver Star Mountain Resort, just 22km from downtown, attracts skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and snowmobilers. In summer, countless hiking and cycling trails to explore every area from the historic Grey Canal within the city to the nearby provincial parks and the rugged Monashee Mountain Range. Mountain biking is also a big draw at Silver Star.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Explore the opportunities and value working with our team can offer you:

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education, experience and professional designation requirement as outlined below:


  • University degree in forestry, horticulture or agriculture. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Registered, or *immediately eligible for registration, as a fully licensed professional (RPF) with the British Columbia Professional Foresters Association (ABCFP) *Immediately means you are currently a fully licensed registered professional member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to the ABCFP.  OR
  • Registered, or immediately* eligible for registration as a fully licensed Agrologist Member in good standing with the B.C. Institute of Agrologists (BCIA).  *Immediately means you are currently a fully licensed Agrologist member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to BCIA.


  • A minimum of three (3) years’ *directly related experience within the last six (6) years.
    • *Directly related (practical) orchard experience to include:
      1. tree improvement, including seed and pest management
      2. seed orchard operations and production (i.e. pollination, harvesting, induction etc)
  • A minimum of three years’ (3) experience supervising, coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Advanced program or function management experience including business planning, financial management, facilities and asset management.


  • The ability to obtain a seed orchard pesticide applicator certification, forklift training certificate, tractor safety awareness course and level one first aid with AED training.
  • A current BC drivers’ license is required, or the ability to obtain a license before commencing employment.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Professional Designation: YES – Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Forester with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP); OR, a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA). Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the appropriate BC association (ABCFP, BCIA). Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume required: YES – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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