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Risk Assessment / Ecotoxicity Specialist

North Vancouver, BC

Hatfield Consultants is seeking a Junior to Intermediate Risk Assessor/Ecotoxicologist to become part of our dynamic Environmental Monitoring and Assessment team. The ideal candidate will be resourceful and adaptable with an interest in growing as an scientist in a range of expertise related to environmental monitoring and assessment. The position will entail coordinating and providing technical support to a variety of field- and office-based ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and chemical monitoring studies for all stages of resource sector developments, ports and municipalities, and environmental clean-up projects in Western Canada, and possibly internationally.

Location: North Vancouver or New Westminster, BC

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support and/or lead ecotoxicology studies, human and ecological risk assessments, and environmental monitoring programs including study design, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Support, organize, and/or implement aquatic impact assessments and environmental monitoring programs.
  • Participate in and/or oversee field programs for contaminant investigations and aquatic environmental monitoring and assessments of aquatic habitats.
  • Support proposal development, project scheduling, and budget management activities.
  • Coordinate contracted work with analytical chemistry and toxicology laboratories.
  • Compile, manage, and interpret data.
  • Draft technical reports.
  • Work overtime, out of camps, and/or in remote field locations.
  • Depending on your level of experience, mentor junior environmental specialists responsible for various aspects of ecotoxicology studies, risk assessments, and environmental monitoring programs.


  • Knowledge of ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and chemical fate and effects.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility and teamwork.
  • Excellent problem-solving and coordination skills.
  • Research and analytical skills (data collection, compilation, and analysis).
  • Desire to take on greater responsibility and authority with increasing experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including technical and scientific writing.

Education and Experience:

Mandatory requirements for this position include:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in sciences or engineering with formal training (e.g., coursework) in ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and/or chemical fate and effects.
  • Appropriate qualifications for work in Alberta and British Columbia, and a valid Canadian driver’s license.

Prior experience with the following is considered an asset for this position:

  • Graduate-level research in the fate and effects of chemicals and metals in the environment.
  • Application of Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment approaches and protocols in British Columbia, Canada, and/or the United States (e.g., BC Tier One Protocol for ERA, BC DERA, FCSAP, Ecological Risk Assessment, Health Canada PQRA and DQRA, and US EPA Superfund).
  • Experience implementing BC Contaminated Sites processes.
  • Experience applying water quality guidelines and benchmark development protocols in British Columbia and Canada (e.g., BC WQGs, BC SBEB process, and CCME WQGs).
  • Knowledge of laboratory aquatic bioassay testing protocols.

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 “Risk Assessment/Ecotoxicity Specialist – Vancouver” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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