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Intermediate Wildlife Biologist

North Vancouver, BC

General Description: Hatfield is pleased to offer an exciting position for an enthusiastic and technically focused intermediate wildlife biologist. This position presents an exceptional opportunity for the right individual to advance their career at one of western Canada’s largest purely environmental consultancies. We are a progressive and growing consultancy that is focused on providing the highest quality environmental services to our clients at the cutting edge of science.

We have been providing wildlife and terrestrial biophysical services to multiple sectors in BC for over 47 years and continue to grow our team and the services we offer. Candidates will have experience of environmental assessment, permitting, monitoring, and terrestrial habitat restoration work. The ideal candidate will revel in the challenges of delivering complex and interesting wildlife and terrestrial biophysical studies in BC, Alberta and northern Canada. The main tasks for this position would include pre-construction nesting bird activity surveys, small vertebrate salvages, amphibian breeding wetland surveys, and the gathering of wildlife and wildlife habitat baseline data using standard techniques such as point counts, call playbacks, and snow-tracking surveys. Field work would also involve the description of wetland and terrestrial habitats as well as habitat suitability assessments for species at risk and biodiversity at large. Technical assistance may be required on aquatic-related projects such as fish salvages, fish habitat surveys, and water quality monitoring. Office duties would include data entry and/or analysis, and reporting on field findings, potential project effects, and wildlife mitigation requirements. Duties would also consist of leading field programs, preparing permit applications, environmental monitoring, preparing study reports and liaising with clients, regulators and Indigenous groups.

The successful candidate will also support business development activities through proposal preparation. The role will be fully supported by Hatfield’s Senior Managers and Partners in the Wildlife and Infrastructure and Environmental Management groups and other senior technical and environmental professionals within Hatfield.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in and/or lead field programs and projects to assess and monitor wildlife species, their critical habitat features, and the condition of vegetation/habitats/ecosystems.
  • Prepare baseline and monitoring reports, including data compilation, analysis and interpretation.
  • Deliver wildlife related components of Environmental Assessments.
  • Prepare permit applications.
  • Enter data and assist with technical analyses and reporting.
  • Comply with Hatfield’s Health and Safety Management Plan, the law, and client health and safety protocols.
  • Work in accordance with Hatfield’s Quality Management Plan and external requirements and regulations.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Primarily auditory and visual bird identification skills (at least two years of experience as a birder or conducting breeding bird surveys).
  • Other wildlife identification skills (ability to distinguish between egg masses and key out amphibian aquatic/ terrestrial life stages; general small mammal identification skills).
  • Basic plant identification skills.
  • Experience with Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM), or at least the incorporation of TEM into habitat suitability models for species of concern would be ideal.
  • Experience with Environmental Assessment.
  • Experience with wildlife permitting submissions and putting into practice applicable federal, BC, and municipal laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of project approvals and permitting processes.
  • Ability to work in a team and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Familiarity with data collection and field navigation in remote areas (GPS/tablet use; orienteering).
  • Good physical condition (ability to endure long workdays and adverse weather conditions).
  • Resourcefulness; problem-solving skills to resolve issues as they arise.
  • Excellent communication skills including professional engagement with clients.
  • Data entry and reporting skills using MS Office.

Education and/or Experience:

  • An environmental fish and wildlife diploma or a B.Sc. in biological studies or related field, plus at least five years of experience with wildlife, birding, fieldwork in general, report writing, and environmental consulting.
  • Experience working in the Lower Mainland and/or in Pacific coast ecosystems.
  • A Driver’s license plus some experience driving in rough terrain (i.e., driving a four-wheel drive truck, an ATV, or an Argo).
  • An ability/interest to work long days in remote locations.
  • Experience operating in a dynamic environment that requires flexibility and teamwork.
  • Professionally certified or eligible to apply (e.g., RPBio) is desirable.

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 “Intermediate Wildlife Biologist – North Vancouver” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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