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Senior Fisheries Biologist

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Hatfield Consultants’ fish and fish habitat expertise is increasingly in demand, and we are seeking an experienced Senior Fisheries Biologist to become part of our dynamic Environmental Monitoring and Assessment team. The position will be stationed at either Hatfield’s New Westminster office or at the Company’s main North Vancouver location.

The principle responsibility of the Senior Fisheries Biologist is to provide discipline lead services on multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of major industrial development projects in western and northern Canada. These may include open-pit and underground mining projects, hydropower developments, linear-developments (e.g., pipelines, transmission lines), and infrastructure projects (e.g., bridges). The successful candidate is expected to possess a high-degree of technical aptitude in environmental assessment and fisheries/aquatic sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to prepare proposals, manage budgets and schedules, oversee field programs and crew members, and ultimately be responsible for data and report quality as well as client satisfaction.


  • Lead in the design and implementation of fish & aquatic studies/field programs, manage field teams, and oversee the collection of fish, fish habitat, and aquatic data.
  • Recommend and implement programs for population monitoring, habitat design and effectiveness monitoring, resource planning, and risk mitigation.
  • Perform statistical analyses on fisheries data using appropriate software programs.
  • Conduct assessments and author reports that characterize fish population and habitat impacts resulting from environmental changes, human activities, and harvesting practices.
  • Provide consultation on fish protection to developers and engineers.
  • Provide oversight on provincial and federal regulatory requirements related to work in and around water.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience with provincial/federal environmental assessment process and leading/executing aquatic effect assessments and monitoring programs.
  • Thorough understanding and application of habitat assessment and quantification methods.
  • Experience in habitat offset/restoration/enhancement techniques.
  • Experience with lower trophic community descriptions, metrics, and quantification.
  • Experience in stream and lake sampling techniques.
  • Excellent time management and organization skills.
  • Experienced with backpack and boat electrofishing.
  • Interpersonal skills – developing partnerships/networks with other stakeholders.
  • Intermediate computer skills (MS Office).
  • Experience with instream/environmental flow assessment and modeling tools considered an asset.
  • Experience operating jet and/or propeller boats would be an asset.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • M.Sc. in a fisheries biology discipline is preferred; a bachelor’s degree with sufficient courses in fisheries biology/ecology/management supplemented with appropriate experience will be considered.
  • Registered Professional Biologist designation in BC with the BC College of Applied Biology is required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in biology/fisheries science.
  • Excellent analytic and research skills (leveraging a sound knowledge of scientific literature).
  • Strong working knowledge of biostatistics and the ability to apply and interpret statistical analyses.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of environmental (impact) assessment and an understanding of how effects of project-related developments on fisheries resource values should be investigated and reported.
  • Preparing regulatory applications for approvals and sound working knowledge of pertinent federal and provincial environmental legislation.
  • Experience with designing and implementing scientific studies/field programs and managing field teams and the collection of fisheries/aquatic baseline data.
  • 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 for extended periods of time.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a positive team contributor.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Understanding of freshwater fisheries in western and northern Canada.
  • Familiarity with British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, NWT, and Federal regulatory settings for environmental assessment and resultant project phases (e.g., construction, operations).
  • Possess a current and valid Canadian Driver’s License.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV describing your experience and salary expectations through the online form or email: resumes@hatfieldgroup.catsone.com (no phone calls please). Please indicate “Senior Fisheries Biologist – Vancouver” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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