Natural Resource Sector Careers
Whether you're a recent graduate or looking to enter the BC Public Service mid-career, B.C.’s north is a great place to develop your career in the natural resource sector. Our employees have excellent opportunities in a wide array of work experiences.
Explore "what a day in the life" looks like for some of the employees of the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in B.C.’s north that highlight the collaborative conservation efforts from the natural resource sector.
You'll provide insight and creative solutions to different sectors to ensure the delivery of a consistent message to First Nations and proponents.
First Nations Relations Adviser (STO R24 Res)
The First Nations Relations Adviser reviews proposals for the use of natural resources on Crown Land and determines the impact on First Nations identified or potential traditional use areas. You plan and lead the facilitation of the First Nations consultation process and ensure legal obligations have been met. You find creative solutions to a problem where all parties benefit in some way. This position is a recommending authority on whether proposed work should proceed.
As a First Nations Relations Adviser, you'll work independently, but rely on the expertise of co-workers, and communicate across different sectors and ministries. You'll provide insight and creative solutions to different sectors to ensure the delivery of a consistent message to First Nations and proponents. The majority of your time will be spent in the office, but you'll have the opportunity to travel between offices and to visit work sites. In the summer, there are opportunities to go out in the field, and you may hop on a helicopter once or twice. There will be many projects to be worked on at the same time, and there is always something new to initiate. Several consultations can often take place at once. Although this can be stressful, it provides variety, and you'll be able to leave your work at work.
There are always opportunities for career development. On the job training in GIS mapping, helicopter safety, first aid, and Indigenous law is available.
- Spend some time with case law during your first few weeks. It will pay dividends later on when you have a lot of files on the go.
- There are lots of opportunities to learn on the job. Try to learn the acronyms as soon as possible.
The Land and Resource Coordinator and team support any work area that could benefit from project management and expertise by leading technical analysis and options development, process facilitation, and stakeholder engagement.
Land & Resource Coordinator
The Land and Resource Coordinators play a large role in project management and coordination. They work on leading resource management drivers that touch on First Nations and wildlife management, ecosystem and habitat conservation, natural resources research, geospatial analysis, policy analyses and cumulative effects. The Land and Resource Coordinator and team support any work area that could benefit from project management and expertise by leading technical analysis and options development, process facilitation, and stakeholder engagement. With changing and emerging government priorities, you'll be a part of the emerging, leading edge, and strategically important initiatives of the organization.
As the Land and Resource Coordinator, you'll work primarily in a team environment of various expertise to outline a project plan, followed by working primarily independently on tasks needed to move the project forward. There are usually two to three projects going on at one time, allowing some variety throughout your day. Most of your time is spent in the office; however, there may be opportunities to conduct field work and attend meetings or seminars across the province. You'll be able to leave your work tasks at work, and experience a work-life balance.
There are opportunities to build your career by working on various projects and participating in training. Training can include conflict resolution, facilitation, project management, ArcGIS, and many others.
- Make sure you take the time to implement a good time management strategy.
- There's a very collaborative work environment with the need to be able to plan, prioritize and complete tasks independently to ensure the project succeeds.
The Resource Technologist/Resource Technician conducts data gathering, investigation, and technical evaluation of physical evidence to analyze and interpret, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
Resource Technologist/Resource Technician
The Resource Technologist/Resource Technician provides a range of technical evaluation and advisory services to support decisions on the use of natural resources and the achievement of resource management objectives. The Resource Technologist/Resource Technician conducts data gathering, investigation, and technical evaluation of physical evidence to analyze and interpret, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
As a Resource Technologist, you'll primarily work independently on projects while being part of a larger team. Your time will be managed between both the field and office, but more time may be spent in the office in the winter months. There will be many projects to be worked on at the same time which provide variety to the job. There's an ability to work with diverse groups within the organization, and opportunities to provide expertise to other teams and programs. This job allows you to leave work tasks at work.
There are opportunities to travel for training, and management is receptive to training requests.
- I didn’t expect the complexity of time management in the job. Managing and dealing with the client expectation has been an enjoyable part of the job.
Stewardship Forester (LSO 2)
The Stewardship Forester provides professional advisory services to a program area in the natural resource sector. A typical day may include: planning a program of resource stewardship monitoring, meeting with Wildlife Service staff to update a fire management plan, reviewing and providing comments to another agency on a proposed development, reviewing stocking standards to assist tenures staff, or preparing data for a timber supply review.
As a Stewardship Forester, you'll work both in a team and independently. Individual work is completed in consideration with the rest of the team, and you'll often collaborate with others. The majority of your time will be in the office; however, in the summer months, field work may dominate your time. Several projects may be worked on at once, and you'll be able to leave your work at work.
There are many opportunities for administrative, communications, and systems training through in-house courses and online training. Professional development opportunities also exist. Temporary assignments and field trips allow for career development.
- Take anthropology courses and conflict negotiation. This will help in First Nations consultations. The majority of a team’s effort is allocated to working with First Nations.
- Be flexible. Sometimes priorities change and you'll have to shift your focus onto a different project.
- Physical fitness and stamina are needed for field days since weather and terrain are variable and the days can be long.