General Description: The Environmental Assessment (EA) Aquatic Biologist will be assigned to Hatfield’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA) Group and provide technical support to provincial/federal environmental assessments and permitting of industrial and infrastructure projects in British Columbia, Alberta, and northern Canada. The successful candidate will be fish and fish habitat focused with the capability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team of biological/physical scientists on aquatic aspects of environmental assessment and permitting projects.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinating water-focused multi-disciplinary teams of specialists responsible for scoping and implementing environmental baseline studies and associated effects assessments.
- Leading fish and fish habitat baseline studies and impact assessments in support of EA and post-EA permit applications (e.g., Fisheries Act, Water Sustainability Act).
- Developing habitat offsetting and restoration plans including the design and execution of habitat effectiveness monitoring programs.
- Providing conventional and innovative environmental design mitigation strategies associated with large-scale industrial/infrastructure projects and preparation of environmental management plans.
- Presentation, preparation, and submission of design/report documents, including responses to information requests, regulatory approval applications, technical presentations with/to clients including regulators/interest groups and
- Indigenous communities, and peer-reviewed publications (where applicable).
Schedule and budget development and tracking.
- Demonstrated project schedule and financial management skills.
- Ability to coordinate multi-disciplinary technical professionals/teams.
- Working knowledge of Provincial and Federal environmental legislation and environmental assessment methodology.
- Knowledgeable of, and experience with, federal and provincial fish and fish habitat assessment methods (e.g., Resource Inventory Standards and Fish Habitat Assessment Procedures).
- Excellent problem-solving abilities.
- Habitat restoration/offsetting aptitude.
- Research and analytical skills (data collection, compilation, analysis).
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
Education and Experience:
- Minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant environmental discipline (fish biology, habitat restoration). Has obtained or is eligible for a professional designation in either BC (RPBio, RBTech) or Alberta (PBiol) is desirable.
- Minimum four (4) years of experience that has focused on aquatic components of natural resource development and/or infrastructure projects.
- Familiarity with federal and provincial (BC and/or Alberta) environmental regulatory and permitting frameworks including BCEAA, IAA, Fisheries Act, Species at Risk Act, Mines Act, Environmental Management Act, Water Sustainability Act.
- Experience and success working in multi-disciplinary teams is essential.
- Experience developing and implementing fish habitat offsetting and effectiveness monitoring plans considered an asset.
- Experience operating in a dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility and teamwork, and an ability/interest to work in the field, occasionally in remote locations.
Reply in confidence with a cover letter and resume describing your experience through the online form or email at email@example.com (no phone calls please). Please include “Aquatic Biologist – Vancouver” in your email subject line. Salary expectations are also appreciated and may be included in your cover letter. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.