Health and Protection Forester

Department of Energy and Resource Development

Health and Protection Forester

Pay Band 5


The Department of Energy and Resource Development is seeking an individual to join the Forest Planning and Stewardship Branch as a Health and Protection Forester, in Fredericton.

As a member of the Forest Health team and reporting to the Section Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing specialized forestry and computer modeling expertise, such as the Spruce Budworm Decision Support System, required for planning and assessing small-scale and/or large-scale forest pest protection programs (Using chemical or biological insecticides) for the Province;
  • Analyzing and interpreting the impacts of insect and disease on the forest resource, using knowledge of pest biology, forest inventory, and growth and yield databases, various decision support systems and forest management planning software;
  • Developing spatial plans for pesticide control programs and liaising with Forest Protection Limited and other pesticide applicators to ensure efficient implementation of spatial plan;
  • Investigating other computer-based technology and decision support systems that could be adopted for New Brunswick forest conditions, through research and liaison with other agencies, and participating in special projects;
  • Representing and providing information, on behalf of the Forest Health Section and the Department, at various meetings including committees and working groups at the provincial and national levels as required;
  • Preparing reports and making recommendations as necessary;
  • Performing other related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in Forestry or Forest Engineering; and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in forest resource management, including a minimum of two (2) years of forest pest management experience. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language capability on your application.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. Please ensure that preferred language for assessment is identified on your resume. Resumes should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment.

ASSET QUALIFICATION(S): Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate the following: advanced experience in using ESRI® mapping software, data analyses, and forestry inventory interpretation; experience and proficiency in report writing and analyses; experience in forestry practices in New Brunswick; experience in the major forest health issues in the Maritime Provinces. Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to demonstrate on their application one or more of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will possess the following behavioural competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking/Judgment
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Results Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES:  The successful candidate will possess the following technical competencies:

  • Specialized subject matter expertise and knowledge in risk analysis;
  • Ability to use office technology, software and applications;
  • Planning and organizing skills;
  • Presentation skills.

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be prepared to: travel occasionally to off-site field and laboratory locations; attend conferences and meetings to present findings and supporting documentation; perform duties with a high degree of independence and judgment; provide accurate information to support informed decisions for long-term consequences; establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with other departments and agencies and respond to public concerns.

SALARY: $55,120 to $77,012 per annum

NOTE: In the event that this competition poses difficulties in recruiting a qualified candidate, a covering off appointment at a lower level may be made. In that case, candidates with less than the required related years of experience may also be considered.


We encourage applicants to apply on-line or by mail at the following address by September 25, 2018 indicating competition number: ERD-18-18. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.

Department of Energy and Resource Development
Human Resource Services
Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre
1350 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6
(506) 453-6608
E-mail :

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

As per the Civil Service Act, candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and Veterans, who demonstrate they are among the most qualified, shall be given preference at the time of appointment.

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