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Wildlife Technician

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Hatfield is seeking a Wildlife Technician to become part our dynamic team in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The successful candidate will provide technical support for wildlife monitoring and assessment projects in northern Alberta. Tasks will vary by season. In autumn and winter, work will primarily be composed of wildlife sweeps along with data analysis and reporting in support of those sweeps. In spring and summer, work will include breeding bird and amphibian surveys, wildlife sweeps, and other wildlife monitoring programs, along with data entry, analysis, and assistance in the writing of reports. The successful candidate can expect extensive field work at remote and mine-site locations in northern Alberta.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in field programs that assess and monitor wildlife populations and habitat conditions.
  • Enter data and assist in the writing of reports.
  • Support the organization and implementation of aquatic impact assessments and environmental monitoring programs, including data management, analysis and reporting.
  • Undertake aquatic effects assessments using fish populations (with emphasis on monitoring bioindicators that reflect fish health), benthic invertebrate communities, as well as water and sediment chemistry.
  • Work with teams of environmental specialists and technicians responsible for conducting environmental baseline surveys and impact assessment studies in conformance with local, provincial, and federal regulations.
  • Assist in maintaining and managing field equipment in the Fort McMurray office, including coordination with other Hatfield offices, as required, regarding specific equipment needs/allocation among offices.
  • Ensure compliance with Hatfield’s Health and Safety Management Plan, the law, and client health and safety protocols, as well as compliance with Hatfield’s Quality Management Plan and external requirements and regulations.

Education and Experience:

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a diploma or undergraduate degree in biological sciences.
  • One year of related work experience in environmental or aquatic sciences is an asset.
  • Appropriate qualifications for work in Alberta and British Columbia, and a valid Canadian driver’s license.

Competencies:

  • Ability to work independently or in teams of technicians with varying levels of experience and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability and interest to undertake extensive fieldwork, in a range of weather conditions, including working in remote locations and on programs that may require camp stays.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility and the willingness to work overtime in support of field programs.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written – technical or scientific writing) including an ability to communicate professionally with clients.
  • Research and analytical skills (data collection, compilation, and analysis).
  • Experience operating in a dynamic consulting environment is an asset.
  • Experience working with a range of environmental disciplines (wetlands, vegetation, fish and fish habitat) is an asset.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV describing your experience and salary expectations to resumes@hatfieldgroup.catsone.com (no phone calls please). Please indicate “Wildlife Technician – Fort McMurray” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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