Overview

Evaluators need to understand why the job exists, determine the focus of the work and have a sound understanding of the job responsibilities, then assess it against the:

  • stream definitions for each Subsidiary work group by considering the stream descriptor in its entirety rather than isolated phrases
  • guide charts
  • benchmark jobs developed for each Subsidiary and Stream, which identify the number of levels and characterize the difference between the work in each level in a Stream.

In some cases, it may be necessary to assess the work by using the guide charts and benchmarks for the management plan.

The following questions can be used as a guide:

  • Which Subsidiary and Stream do the job responsibilities fall within?
  • What is the rating?
  • Which benchmark job aligns with the kind and level of work?
  • Where appropriate, do the job responsibilities compare to the Management Job Evaluation Plan and the benchmarks?

Work currently performed within the Natural Resources Conservation Services component of the Government of Alberta has been evaluated using a point rating system. To assess whether a job falls within this component, consider the type of work performed. Determine the focus of the job: why does the job exist? Once you have clarified the job's purpose, determine whether the job belongs in this Subsidiary and, if so, in which Stream. In general, the work in this component focuses on activities surrounding the management of natural resources, which include land, forests, fish and wildlife, and water. Three groupings have been recognized in the Natural Resources Conservation Services component of the Alberta Public Service. These are:

Stream definitions

Natural Resources

This work involves the planning, development, and/or delivery of natural resource programs in the areas of forests, provincial parks and protected areas, public lands, fisheries, wildlife, and water. Work in this stream may be professional, technical or operational, providing policy and program development, research and analysis, compliance assurance, consultation with stakeholders and/or field support activities.

Meteorologist

This is professional work responsible for the acquisition, analysis and use of meteorological data in support of provincial fire management programs.

Lookout

This work is responsible for the surveillance, early detection and accurate reporting of forest fires.

Benchmark listings

Classes and point bands

Table 1. Subsidiary 5 classes and point bands

Class number Class title Minimum Maximum
Classes listed on 'Schedule A' for Subsidiary 5
052LO Lookout 98 113
057MT Meteorologist 1 314 370
058MT Meteorologist 2 371 438
051NR Natural Resources 1 85 97
052NR Natural Resources 2 98 113
053NR Natural Resources 3 114 160
054NR Natural Resources 4 161 191
055NR Natural Resources 5 192 268
056NR Natural Resources 6 269 313
057NR Natural Resources 7 314 370
058NR Natural Resources 8 371 438
059NR Natural Resources 9 439 518