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BC Public Service

LSO AGRL 3 - Plant Diagnostic Pathologist - Amended

Abbotsford, BC
3 hours ago
75,454 to 96,020 per year
Posting Title
LSO AGRL 3 - Plant Diagnostic Pathologist - Amended

Position Classification
Licensed Sc Off Agrologist 3


Work Options

Abbotsford, BC V2S 1H4 CA (Primary)

Salary Range
$75,454.69 - $96,020.36 annually

Close Date

Job Type
Temporary (Auxiliary)

Temporary End Date

BC Public Service -> Agriculture and Food

Ministry Branch / Division
Plant and Animal Health

Job Summary

Apply your expertise and passion for innovation to this rewarding career opportunity

The Plant and Animal Health Branch supports the sustainability of plant and animal agriculture, while serving to protect the well-being of the people of the province of British Columbia through surveillance, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and the development of strategies to address identified risks. The Plant and Animal Health Branch consists of three key program areas: The Plant Health Unit, Animal Health Centre, and the Regulatory Unit.

The Plant Diagnostic Pathologist is part of the Plant Health Unit which is responsible for protecting B.C.'s agricultural resource from the adverse impacts of plant pests and diseases (commonly referred to as pests) through the delivery of plant health diagnostic services. The main purpose of this position is to provide diagnoses and pest management options that promote sustainable agri-food systems and mitigate the impact of plant pests. The position also provides surveillance and disease trends monitoring information on new, potential, and established plant pests. This position works closely with the Pathologists, Entomologists, Crop Industry Specialists as well as others in relevant ministry branches to facilitate their use of the Plant Health Laboratory and contribute to new work and projects by providing diagnostic expertise.

Job Requirements:
  • Minimum of Master's degree in plant pathology from a recognized university
  • Registered as a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists or another Canadian Institute
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in industry, university or government as a plant pathologist, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in diagnosing plant diseases
  • Experience working cooperatively with teams
  • Experience in the development of laboratory QA/QC methods, strategies, and sampling protocols
  • Experience in leading the development of technical communications and educational materials on lab methods, standards, and reports
  • Experience providing technical advice to staff concerning methods and their applications

Provisos/Willingness Statements:
  • Valid BC drivers license or equivalent
  • Overnight travel may be required to attend industry and/or association meetings

For questions regarding this position, please contact .

About this Position:
Posting Amended November 30, 2023: posting extended until December 11, 2023.
This is a temporary opportunity until September 27, 2024
This position has full time on-site requirements.
Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification.
This posting is to establish an eligibility list for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.
Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.

Working for the BC Public Service:
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact or 778-405-3452.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more . Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

Professional Designation: YES - Please include your registration number in your application. You must be registered (or immediately eligible for registration) as a Professional Agrologist with the BC Institute of Agrologists. Note: immediately eligible for registration is defined as being able to transfer a current membership from an applicable jurisdiction. Applicants must confirm their eligibility with the BCIA . Confirmation of registration/eligibility will be required before an offer of employment can be made.

Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - A resume is required as part of your application, however, itmay notbe used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire: YES - You will need to complete a comprehensive questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and how you obtained your relevant experience. The questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the posting.

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Category
Scientific and Technical