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Senior Fish Biologist - Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, Alberta


Fort McMurray, AB


This year, Hatfield is proud to celebrate 50 years of serving our clients and our community! As one of BC’s Top Employers 2024, Hatfield has grown into one of the largest independent environmental companies in Western Canada. With a growing team of more than 250 employees, Hatfield provides high-quality environmental and social services for private and public sector clients around the world. Our work culture is friendly and down-to-earth, and our employees enjoy benefits such as a matching group retirement plan and flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work options and a biweekly earned days off program. When you join Hatfield, you choose a career that makes a difference in the communities and environments in which we work.

We are seeking a permanent full-time Senior Fish Biologist for our Fort McMurray office. Our ideal candidate will be adept with project management, mentorship, and client interface, and will bring a solid technical grounding to this leadership role in designing and implementing fish restoration and habitat offsetting projects as well as preparing and executing fish habitat effectiveness monitoring programs.


  • Managing fisheries and aquatics components of assessment, monitoring, and permitting projects.
  • Designing and implementing fish habitat restoration and offsetting projects.
  • Acting as primary client contact on proposals and projects.
  • Preparing, submitting, and consulting on design documents/technical reports.
  • Leading meetings/presentations with/to clients and regulators/interest groups.
  • Preparing and managing project schedules and budgets.
  • Providing technical expertise on environmental protection, assessment, permitting, and monitoring.
  • Evaluating fisheries and aquatics programs, and managing fish and fish habitat baseline surveys, mark-recapture surveys, effectiveness monitoring of restoration/offsetting projects, species at risk assessments, and riparian vegetation inventories.
  • Mentoring and advising technical staff.
  • Leading business development activities, including actively promoting Hatfield’s services to clients, strengthening existing corporate relationships, preparing technical and financial proposals, and client negotiations.
  • Working in the field, occasionally in remote locations.

Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree or higher in an appropriate field of study.
  • A relevant professional designation or eligible to apply.
  • Eight years or more relevant experience in Western Canada.
  • Technical expertise in fish and fish habitat, including fish habitat restoration and offsetting, and associated riparian and aquatic features.
  • Field skills in the following areas: fish and fish habitat baseline surveys, mark-recapture surveys (e.g., PIT and VIE tagging), effectiveness monitoring of restoration/offsetting projects, species at risk assessments, and riparian vegetation inventories.
  • Providing trusted technical discipline input during initial site visits, and to conceptual, functional, detailed and IFC engineering designs, as well as input to tender procurement packages, with a focus on fisheries and aquatics.
  • Knowledge and understanding of federal, provincial, and municipal regulatory and permitting aspects of infrastructure developments, and submission of environmental permit applications.
  • Solid analytical skills applicable to study design and statistical analysis of environmental data.
  • Managing and designing studies, writing technical reports, developing mitigation and management plans, and implementing aquatic effects assessments.
  • Client management and interface.
  • Applicants for this position must possess a full license and be comfortable driving 1/2 ton trucks.

Other Assets/Skills

  • Large multi-disciplinary teams experience.
  • Dynamic consulting environment experience.
  • Indigenous communities experience.
  • Oil sands site experience.

Hatfield is committed to employment equity and workplace diversity. We strive for equity, inclusiveness, and diversity, irrespective of race, colour, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or disability.

To apply, please submit your CV in confidence through the online form or email: resumes@hatfieldgroup.catsone.com. Please indicate “Senior Fish Biologist - Fort McMurray” in your subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

We extend an invitation to applicants of all levels to submit their candidacy for this role. Please be advised, that in the course of our assessment of your qualifications, we retain the right to adjust the seniority classification of the position accordingly.

 Please note that we will only consider candidates who are authorized to work in Canada at the time of application. Proof of eligibility to work in Canada may be required prior to employment.


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