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Senior Marine Biologist

North Vancouver, BC
Hatfield’s marine portfolio continues to grow, with exciting projects, including habitat offsetting, climate change adaptation and marine mammal monitoring and detection. This full-time position presents a tremendous opportunity for an experienced and energetic individual to play a key role in the ongoing development of our team.
We are a progressive and growing owner-operated consultancy that is focussed on providing the highest quality environmental services to our clients at the cutting edge of science. Hatfield has been in business for 45 years and is one of the largest, independent environmental consultancies headquartered in Western Canada. We place great emphasis on providing industry-leading quality services, that incorporate scientific rigour and integrity, and Indigenous and community engagement.
The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge and understanding of the BC coast, and related federal and BC provincial legislation. The role will also provide the opportunity to work on marine projects outside of BC, including working with our marine team in Bali, Indonesia that is providing sustainable fisheries advice globally. Experience in sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas and/or aquaculture would therefore also be advantageous but not essential. Consulting, regulatory and/or research-based experience are all considered beneficial.
Duties will consist of design and management of field programs, data analysis and interpretation, preparation of study reports and advising clients on regulatory requirements, environmental risks, and opportunities, in relation to coastal and marine projects. The successful candidate will also support business development activities and provide mentoring of junior and intermediate scientists. The role will be fully supported by Hatfield’s Associate Partner of Marine Resources, the wider partner group, and the many experienced environmental professionals within Hatfield.
Hatfield embraces diversity and respect for different cultures. Hatfield recognizes that employees, irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic background, religion, or age contribute their skills and perspectives to improve services we offer clients.
This position will initially predominantly work remotely due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, but in the future will regularly attend one of our Canadian offices (North Vancouver, New Westminster, Calgary, Terrace, Fort St. John, or Fort McMurray). Hatfield supports flexible working arrangements.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· Plan and manage baseline surveys and monitoring of the marine environment, with a focus on marine fish and fish habitat.
· Manage the preparation of study reports, including data analysis and interpretation.
· Determine environmental effects on marine ecology and resources.
· Provide advice on environmental protection measures and controls.
· Provide marine input to Environmental Assessment and permit applications.
· Marine habitat offsetting planning and design.
· Ensure all tasks are performed to a high level of Health and Safety and Quality, in compliance with Hatfield’s Health and Safety and Quality Management Plans.
· Demonstrated technical competency and knowledge of the marine environment in BC.
· Ability and interest to design and lead field programs, potentially in remote locations.
· Demonstrated ability to apply a high standard of scientific rigour to all projects and deliverables.
· Ability to work in a dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility and collaboration.
· Research and analytical skills (data collection, compilation and analysis).
· Excellent communication (verbal and written – technical or scientific writing).
· Experience operating a survey vessel and/or commercial diving would be an asset but is not essential.
· International experience would be an asset but is not essential.
· Must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
Education and Experience:
· Minimum of BSc in a marine biology related discipline.
· Minimum of 8 years’ post-graduate marine science experience.
· Registered Professional Biologist in BC.
· Excellent analytic and research skills (leveraging a sound knowledge of scientific literature).
· Sound working knowledge of the Fisheries Act, Disposal at Sea regulations, Canadian Navigable Waters Act, and other federal and provincial marine legislation.
· Possess a current and valid Canadian Driver’s License.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV describing your experience and salary expectations in confidence through the online form or email: resumes@hatfieldgroup.catsone.com (no phone calls please). Please indicate “Senior Marine Biologist – Vancouver” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
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