Pest Technician

Department of Energy and Resource Development
Engineering and Field - Level 5
Pest Technician

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

As a member of the Forest Health team and reporting to the Provincial Entomologist, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following: highly specialized field and laboratory tasks using precise and exacting entomological methodologies, including the identification of forest insects and diseases, tree species, and signs and symptoms of damage; training and supervision of staff; conducting aerial surveys; using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies; and performing other related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by successful completion of a recognized related two-year technology program, or a University degree in a biology, forestry or entomology field; a minimum of four (4) years of progressively more responsible related work experience, including a minimum of two (2) years of experience supervising technical staff engaged in field or laboratory activities. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

Written and spoken competence in English 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 QUALIFICATIONS: Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate experience in the following: aerial or ground-based experimental or operational pest control programs; forest insect and disease surveys and identification; tree species identification; using data management and analysis programs such as Microsoft Excel and Access; using ESRI® mapping software; protocol development and implementation. 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.

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate must be prepared to: drive half-ton trucks on paved and dirt roads; navigate using various scale maps and GPS Units; work in small teams for extended periods of time; work alone in accordance with the Department's Working Alone Policy; work weekends and away from home for one or more weeks at a time depending on work requirements; perform field work in all weather conditions and on all types of terrain; tolerate nuisance insects associated with outdoor field work; work in a lab setting using specialized equipment and hazardous chemicals in accordance with specified safety procedures; use ten meter tall pole pruners for branch sampling; conduct aerial surveys from fixed-wing aircraft for up to eight hours a day, each day, for a two to three week period; and possess a valid class 5 driver's license. 

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

  • Analytical Thinking/Judgment;
  • Concern for Order;
  • Effective Interactive Communication;
  • Initiative;
  • Teamwork and Cooperation.

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

  • Specialized subject matter expertise and knowledge of ecological processes, sampling techniques and survey methods;
  • Ability to use office technology (e.g. computers, tablets, etc.), software (e.g. Microsoft Office), and field technologies (e.g. compass, GPS, maps);
  • Planning and organizing skills.

SALARY: $44,928 to $56,498 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 March 22, 2019 indicating competition number: ERD-18-32. 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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