Wildlife Biologist – Calgary or Fort McMurray
General Description: A wildlife biologist is needed to contribute to project assessment, monitoring, and reclamation programs throughout Alberta, manage a small portfolio of wildlife-related projects, lead or participate in technical field studies, and help provide direction to junior technical staff on wildlife matters. Field work will primarily involve pre-construction nesting bird activity surveys, amphibian salvages/breeding wetland surveys, and the gathering of wildlife and wildlife habitat baseline data using standard techniques such as point counts, call playbacks, snow-tracking surveys, and aerial reconnaissance, species counts, and habitat feature surveys. Field work would also involve the description of wetland and terrestrial habitats as well as wildlife habitat suitability assessments for species at risk and biodiversity at large. Technical assistant may be required on aquatic-related projects during periods of low wildlife activity. Office duties would include data entry and analyses, reporting on field findings, providing species mitigation and habitat management guidance, and contributing to marketing and business development activities related to wildlife in Alberta.
Location: Calgary or Fort McMurray, AB
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Design wildlife surveys (work plans, field designs, and budgets) for review by Hatfield’s Manager of Wildlife Services, as part of proposal writing or project field planning.
- Take responsibility for AB wildlife permitting requirements.
- Participate in field programs and projects that assess or monitor wildlife populations and/or habitats and habitat features, as well as vegetation and terrestrial ecosystem conditions.
- Compile, analyze, and summarize wildlife data.
- Complete wildlife reports and contribute to the wildlife components of permitting, assessment, and monitoring projects under the requirements of local, provincial, and federal environmental regulations.
- Advise and mentor junior wildlife biologists, through demonstration in the field, office communications, and review of their written materials.
- Manage or co-manage wildlife projects (depending on size and complexity) and provide wildlife support on major projects by liaising with clients, preparing and submitting documents, attending client and regulatory meetings, scheduling tasks, and reviewing budgets as needed.
- Participate in business development activities that will include actively promoting Hatfield’s wildlife services to potential clients, strengthening existing corporate relationships, preparation of technical and financial proposals, and client negotiations.
- Auditory and visual bird identification skills (at least two years of experience as a birder or conducting breeding bird surveys); other wildlife identification skills including an ability to key out small vertebrates.
- Basic plant identification skills, working knowledge of ecosites, and some experience describing habitats for wildlife species including species at risk.
- Familiarity with data collection and field navigation in remote areas (GPS/tablet use; orienteering).
- Some experience with wildlife permitting including submission process and permit implementation (i.e., familiarity with Class Protocols and standard conditions such as data entry to FWMIS).
- Working knowledge of the AEP and AER project approval process; this includes familiarity with provincial and federal wildlife legislation and regulations, recovery strategies and management plans for species at risk, inventory guidelines for sensitive species, and best management practices for wildlife as a whole.
- Experience completing basic analyses and writing environmental impact assessments for various sectors, preferably oilsands projects and infrastructure development.
- An ability to work well in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, including a positive attitude towards teamwork and good communication skills.
- Resourcefulness and problem-solving skills to resolve wildlife issues when they arise.
Education and Experience:
- At least five years of wildlife work experience, preferably in consulting
- A Bachelor’s degree in science or diploma in environmental fish and wildlife resources; ideally, professional accreditation in Alberta or BC
- Working knowledge of wildlife species, government legislations (e.g. SARA, Wildlife Act) and government agencies (e.g. AESRD, EC, MOE) in Western Canada
- A Driver’s license plus some experience driving in rough terrain (i.e., driving a four-wheel drive truck, an ATV or an argo).
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