Vancouver, Canada

Risk Assessment / Ecotoxicity Specialist

Hatfield Consultants is seeking a Junior to Intermediate Risk Assessor/Ecotoxicologist to become part of our dynamic Environmental Monitoring and Assessment team. The ideal candidate will be resourceful and adaptable with an interest in growing as an scientist in a range of expertise related to environmental monitoring and assessment. The position will entail coordinating and providing technical support to a variety of field- and office-based ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and chemical monitoring studies for all stages of resource sector developments, ports and municipalities, and environmental cleanup projects in Western Canada, and possibly internationally.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support and/or lead ecotoxicology studies, human and ecological risk assessments, and environmental monitoring programs including study design, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Support, organize, and/or implement aquatic impact assessments and environmental monitoring programs.
  • Participate in and/or oversee field programs for contaminant investigations and aquatic environmental monitoring and assessments of aquatic habitats.
  • Support proposal development, project scheduling, and budget management activities
  • Coordinate contracted work with analytical chemistry and toxicology laboratories
  • Compile, manage, and interpret data.
  • Draft technical reports.
  • Work overtime, out of camps, and/or in remote field locations.
  • Depending your level of experience, mentor junior environmental specialists responsible for various aspects of ecotoxicology studies, risk assessments, and environmental monitoring programs


  • Knowledge of ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and chemical fate and effects.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility and teamwork.
  • Excellent problem-solving and coordination skills.
  • Research and analytical skills (data collection, compilation, and analysis).
  • Desire to take on greater responsibility and authority with increasing experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including technical and scientific writing.

Education and Experience:

Mandatory requirements for this position include:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in sciences or engineering with formal training (e.g., coursework) in ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and/or chemical fate and effects).
  • Appropriate qualifications for work in Alberta and British Columbia, and a valid Canadian driver’s license.

Prior experience with the following is considered an asset for this position:

  • Graduate-level research in the fate and effects of chemicals and metals in the environment.
  • Application of Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment approaches and protocols in British Columbia, Canada and/or the United States (e.g., BC Tier One Protocol for ERA, BC DERA, FCSAP, Ecological Risk Assessment, Health Canada PQRA and DQRA, and US EPA Superfund).
  • Experience implementing BC Contaminated Sites processes.
  • Experience applying water quality guidelines and benchmark development protocols in British Columbia and Canada (e.g., BC WQGs, BC SBEB process and CCME WQGs).
  • Knowledge of laboratory aquatic bioassay testing protocols.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV describing your experience and salary expectations to (no phone calls please). Please indicate “Risk Assessment/Ecotoxicity Specialist – Vancouver” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.