Canada nationals: Physical Scientist (Geospatial)

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Victoria, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks a research-oriented person to work with a team of scientists on an integrative approach to ecological problems in forest management. The work focuses on understanding, predicting, and simulating mitigation strategies for cumulative human impacts of interrelated issues such as fibre supply, carbon sequestration, climate change, and threatened caribou populations in Canada. It aims to provide support to decision-making and policy development for the sustainable management of Canada’s forests and other natural resources.

The work focuses on understanding and predicting cumulative impacts of disturbances, and changing climate, on interrelated issues such as fibre supply, carbon sequestration, and caribou populations in Canada. The objective of the research team is to understand, predict, and simulate ecosystem dynamics and develop strategies to address these cumulative effects and identify risks. It aims to provide support to decision-making and policy development for the sustainable management of Canada’s forests and other natural resources.

The successful candidate would contribute to the development of forest-system models, large databases, geospatial databases, and analyses representing the cumulative pressures on forested landscapes. They would be expected to run simulations, analyse modelling output, and seek new data sources and modelling approaches, that would contribute to a continually-improving rapid-response modelling cluster.

Preferably, the successful candidate would have background knowledge of forest ecology, modelling of forest ecosystems, experience with geospatial databases, and diverse techniques for managing and analyzing data. Familiarity with approaches to risk analysis would be relevant; knowledge and experience using the R-language is essential. The position offers an excellent environment for working with an interdisciplinary team in cumulative effects and climate change research at NRCan.

Work environment

At Natural Resources Canada, a Federal government job means developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. We know it takes people from diverse pools of talent to make this happen. That is why we are looking for people like you. As an employee at Natural Resources Canada you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis. We support balancing your work and private life by offering the benefits of flexible work arrangements.

The Pacific Forestry Centre is an internationally recognized forest science laboratory specializing in forest disturbances, carbon science, and remote sensing. A vibrant group of researchers, technical staff and administrative staff work to maintain a creative and stimulating work environment. The research centre is located in Victoria, a dynamic coastal city on scenic southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

This position is an excellent opportunity and offers a creative work environment where there are opportunities for professional and personal growth. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries including a comprehensive benefit package. Natural Resources Canada promotes health and wellness both in the workplace and in personal life, and resources are available to you and to your family members to help you maintain a healthy balance between work and your personal life. The successful candidate will undergo a security check.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to fill 1 position on an indeterminate basis

A pool of (fully or partially qualified) candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions within Natural Resources Canada with various tenures (determinate period or permanent), various language requirements (English Essential, French Essential, English or French Essential, or Bilingual), linguistic requirements (imperative and/or non-imperative) and profile(s) (BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CCC/CCC, etc.), various security requirements (Reliability status or Secret clearance), various conditions of employment and for various locations.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

  • Graduated with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in computer science, mathematics, physical science, or some other science relevant to the position, such as forestry, natural resource management, geography, or biology.
  • Experience developing or applying forest ecosystem dynamics or natural resource planning models.
  • Experience developing large projects in R, describe extent and complexity.
  • Experience developing or maintaining web interfaces for data products or applications using R or compatible programming scripts.
  • Experience with databases, data standards, data ownership issues, data cleanup, data analysis, or data visualization.
  • Experience with analysis of geographic information (vector data, rasters, etc.), spatial analysis, spatial data, and using spatial analysis tools.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

  • Various language requirements. The position to be staffed immediately require the following language requirement: English Essential.
  • Knowledge of R programming
  • Knowledge of large-scale computing 
  • Knowledge of optimization around data, models and computing resources
  • Ability to apply scientific computer models, analyze and interpret model output
  • Ability to communicate orally in English
  • Ability to communicate in writing in English
  • Ability to organize work within a diverse team of researchers, and establish priorities
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Thoroughness (pertaining to methods of investigation, development, production)
  • Problem solving
  • Team player (including flexibility)

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • Post-graduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in computer science, mathematics, or physical science including natural resource management, forestry, geography or biology.
  • Experience with spatially discrete event simulation or individual-based models.
  • Experience with application life-cycle analysis.
  • Experience with software development.
  • Experience with C++, Java, Python, SQL programming languages.
  • Knowledge of forest ecosystem dynamics, multiple resource use challenges such as cumulative effects, including modeling and analysis of multi-factor processes pertaining to forest climate change (example, mitigation and adaptation).
  • Willingness to travel

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other information

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Contact information

Tina Gaccione - Human Resources Advisor