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Senior Wildlife Biologist

North Vancouver, BC

General Description: Hatfield’s portfolio of wildlife and terrestrial biophysical work continues to grow, with exciting projects throughout BC and Alberta. 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 Wildlife Group.

We are a progressive and growing owner-operated consultancy that is focused on providing the highest quality environmental services to our clients at the cutting edge of science. Hatfield has been in business for over 47 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 wildlife/terrestrial ecology in BC, and related federal and BC provincial legislation. They will be responsible for managing a portfolio of projects related to wildlife assessment and monitoring in western and northern Canada, and for providing senior direction and support to marketing and business development activities related to wildlife.

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 infrastructure projects. The successful candidate will also provide mentoring of junior and intermediate wildlife and terrestrial biophysical scientists. The role will be fully supported by Hatfield’s Senior Managers and Partners, and the many experienced environmental professionals across the company.

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 may 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage project teams within Hatfield for the wildlife components of permitting, assessment, and monitoring projects under the requirements of local, provincial, and federal environmental regulations, including: primary client contact; preparation and submission of all necessary design/report documents; meetings/presentations with/to clients and regulators/interest groups; scheduling; and budgets (development and tracking); providing technical guidance on environmental protection and environmental permitting, assessment, and monitoring.
  • Evaluate current wildlife programs and provide technical expertise related to wildlife survey design.
  • Mentor and advise intermediate and junior wildlife biologists.
  • 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.

Competencies:

  • Experienced at providing wildlife inputs for projects in various sectors and able to work well in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in marketing and business development in the wildlife sector.
  • Experience with managing or leading stakeholder consultations.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Analytical skills applicable to study design and statistical analysis or environmental data.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate field of study (e.g., Zoology, Animal Science, Ecology, or Biology) and a relevant professional designation in either BC or Alberta or eligible to apply.
  • Wildlife experience should include managing and designing studies, and writing baseline reports, mitigation and management plans, and impact assessments.
  • Working knowledge of wildlife species, government legislation and government agencies in western Canada.
  • Field skills in at least one of the following areas: birds, amphibians, reptiles, or large mammals.
  • A minimum of three years managing wildlife projects at a senior level.
  • Experience and success in working in large, multi-disciplinary teams is essential.
  • 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.

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

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