Job Title:      Forensic Biologist
Job ID: 1057010
Location: Edmonton
Full/Part Time: Full time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Closing Date:  May 6, 2020
Classification:  Scientific 3
Ministry: Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

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Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch is looking for a Forensic Biologist who will be responsible for supporting fisheries and wildlife forensic casework for the province of Alberta. Reporting to the Forensic Unit Manager, this result-oriented position will provide forensic support to enforcement officers and research support to non-enforcement personnel. Working collaboratively with staff, the Forensic Biologist will also maintain the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Forensic Lab in a ready and operational state by ordering supplies, maintaining equipment and cleaning lab facilities according to the relevant standards.

To successfully complete these objectives, the candidate will require a thorough understanding of the requirements and procedures involved in the handling and analysis of evidence. The successful candidate will also possess a deep understanding of microsatellite analysis and DNA sequencing. Knowledge of specialized technical skills and investigative techniques, applicable provincial and federal acts along with other related statues affecting investigations is required to perform the role. The candidate will have a thorough understanding of the relationship between the branch and other organizations, departments and agencies, combined with an ability to work collaboratively to meet objectives. Highly developed communication skills, advanced organization skills, timely decision-making abilities and the skills to be part of a team are essential to the role.

A Bachelor's degree in Science with specialization in Molecular Biology and Genetics plus six years of forensic case work/case management experience. Proficiency in automated DNA extraction platforms, polymerase chain reaction, capillary electrophoresis, fragment analysis and DNA sequencing is preferred. Course work in forensic science and familiarity with population genetics software is an asset. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience performing wildlife DNA analysis and working in a forensic laboratory. Progressively responsible supervisory experience, experience with hunting, fishing and wildlife identification are assets.

Equivalencies considered are Ph.D in a scientific discipline or a related field combined with two years of related experience; or a Master's degree, DVM or MD plus four years related experience. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary. A valid driver's license is required.

The Alberta Public Service Competency Model forms the foundation for our talent management programs, including our recruitment and selection decisions. Candidates that are selected for an interview will be required to demonstrate the Alberta Public Service competencies critical to this role.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

Creative Problem Solving: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.

Agility: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, manage resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.

Build Collaborative Environments: Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.

Systems Thinking: The work done within the APS is part of a larger integrated and inter-related environment. It is important to know that work done in one part of the APS impacts a variety of other groups/projects inside and outside the APS. Systems Thinking allows us to keep broader impacts and connections in mind.

For more information on the APS Competency Model please visit:

Salary:  $2,993.39 - $3,943.85 bi-weekly
Notes:  The position is a Monday to Friday 8:15am to 4:30pm working 36.25 hours/week.

Final candidates will be asked to undergo security screening.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

What we offer:

•       Comprehensive benefits plan:
•       Pension plan: http://www,
•       Leadership and mentorship programs
•       Professional learning and development
•       Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How to Apply
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If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID 1057010, to

As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file using the following suggested naming convention: Lastname,Firstname_JobIDXXXXXXX

Applicants are advised to provide information in their application that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements. In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Please also indicate whether your work experience was casual, part-time or full-time. For example: January 15, 2006 - June 25, 2009: Assistant (PT three 8 hr shifts/week).

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

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Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Elena Lazar at If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.