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Senior Fisheries Biologist - Toronto, ON #355839

Company: Stantec

Date: 12/04/2019

Category: Engineering Services

City: Toronto, ON

Grounded in safety, quality, and ethics, our experts lead their fields and guide our work with rigor, a creative spirit, and vision for growth. We draw from more than 20 technical specialties around the globe and are committed to fostering an inclusive community of diverse talents, backgrounds, and expertise. We’re a place to apply your passion and collaborate with top environmental talents on work that’s critical to our clients and the communities they support. Join a team that has the environment down to a science.


Your Opportunity


We are currently seeking a talented and ambitious Senior Fisheries Biologist to join our freshwater ecology team in one of our Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offices: Markham, Whitby, Toronto or Mississauga. The successful candidate will join our team of fisheries and aquatic biologists and, as a senior practitioner, will help to shape our freshwater ecology practice with a focus on the GTA market. Work will also include projects throughout Ontario.


Your Key Responsibilities


  • Manage, plan (i.e., develop scope and budget) and lead freshwater ecology and aquatic species at risk programs


  • Understand recent and existing standard practices and techniques for sampling and analysis of fish and benthic communities, aquatic habitat, and water and sediment quality data from streams, rivers and lakes


  • Coordinate and oversee freshwater ecology field programs and field staff


  • Lead proposals and other business development activities


  • Manage tasks and projects according to approved scopes of work, and deliver quality reports on schedule and within budget


  • Provide Quality and Independent review for projects led by other freshwater ecologists


  • Develop and maintain client and regulatory contacts


  • Provide understanding of project goals and sound environmental project advice to external clients and internal Stantec contacts


  • Provide interdisciplinary liaison with other business lines within Stantec’s GTA offices


  • Contribute leadership to Stantec’s Ontario-based Environmental Services staff by providing technical direction and mentorship to facilitate long-term sustainability and succession within the freshwater ecology team


  • Contribute to the team’s operational success by tracking workload and project budgets


  • Embrace and promote Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Policies, Procedures, Standards and Guidelines in the execution of all work


  • Travel throughout the GTA for projects, client liaison and business development

Your Capabilities and Credentials


  • Knowledge and experience with environmental assessments, environmental impact studies, and natural heritage policies in Ontario especially regarding working in and around watercourses, waterbodies and fish habitat


  • Knowledge of current provincial and federal government regulatory requirements, including applied experience with various GTA Conservation Authority regulations, federal Fisheries Act Authorizations, and Species at Risk Act and Endangered Species Act permits related to aquatic species


  • Experience in business development, working with and guiding clients, and proposal writing


  • Experience liaising with industry clients, government agencies, regulatory bodies and the public


  • Experience leading baseline studies, planning, design, construction, monitoring and compliance of various infrastructure and linear feature projects (e.g., transportation, oil & gas, urban land development), including pre- and post-construction monitoring of in-stream works


  • Experience leading field crews in fish and fish habitat field programs, and guiding staff in data management, data analysis and report preparation


  • Strong senior technical review skills


  • Proven technical communication, writing and organization skills, including demonstrated experience preparing technical reports


  • Strong project management skills


  • Able to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment


  • Thrives in an environment with diverse and dynamic projects, and enjoys working on multi-disciplinary scopes of work


  • Valid driver’s licence

Additional Assets:


  • MTO/DFO/MNR Fisheries Specialist Certification training


  • MTO RAQS for related specialty (Fisheries Assessment and/or Fisheries Compliance During Contracts)


  • Experience implementing Headwater Drainage Feature Assessments


  • Class I Electrofishing or Class II Backpack Electrofishing


  • Pleasure Craft Operator’s card


  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) training


  • Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) training


  • Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) designation


  • Experience using mobile digital data collection tools


  • Experience leading or supporting aquatic Environmental Effects Monitoring programs for Ontario-based mines and/or pulp and paper mills


  • Experience working with Indigenous communities

Education and Experience


A Bachelor’s degree or technological diploma in Biology, Zoology or Environmental Sciences is required; a Master’s degree is preferred


Fifteen years of industry experience, with at least 5 years at a senior level in environmental consulting


Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather. Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs. Travel within the GTA requires a valid driver’s licence.


This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.


Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.


Job: Biologist


Primary Location: Canada-Ontario-Markham


Other Locations: Canada-Ontario-Whitby, Canada-Ontario-Mississauga, Canada-Ontario-Toronto


Employee Status: Regular


Job Level: Individual Contributor


Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time


Schedule: Full-time


Req ID: 190003LA


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