Senior Terrestrial Ecologist/Team Lead

AECOM - Burnaby, BC (30+ days ago)

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+ AECOM's Impact Assessment and Permitting (IAP) team in Burnaby, British Columbia is looking for a Senior Terrestrial Biologist to lead IAP staff and terrestrial work plans on proposals and existing projects, while helping grow our business in British Columbia and Western Canada. In this role, candidates should bring an interest and experience in managing staff, experience in leading terrestrial work including a background in conducting terrestrial (wildlife, wetlands, vegetation, etc.) assessments and species inventories, data analysis, and reporting. Strong leadership, communication and organizational skills, and an ability to work well on multi-disciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment are essential qualities. Candidates should be comfortable in dealing directly with clients and regulators and work successfully with both for favorable outcomes on our projects.

+ The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

+ Coordinating a team with varying backgrounds in impact assessment related work (i.e., fisheries, social science, Federal and Provincial EAs etc.)

+ Leading or supporting terrestrial work plans that may include field surveys in support of pre-disturbance assessments, baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, Species at Risk permitting and mitigation plans, and related scopes of work

+ Overall planning, coordination and execution of terrestrial baseline studies in support of impact assessment and permits

+ Planning, leading or supporting field crews to undertake wildlife and/or vegetation field surveys throughout Western Canada, although mainly in British Columbia

+ Providing technical support and mentorship to intermediate and junior staff

+ Identifying and pursuing business opportunities through discussions with clients

+ Generally requires multi-disciplinary knowledge

+ Makes recommendations on work methods and procedures and technical innovations by devising practical and economical solutions to problems in own discipline

+ Makes recommendations on research requests, objectives, priorities, and timing

+ Assess need for change and recommends development of standards

+ Assess work against standards, objectives and specifications

+ Utilizes advanced scientific principles, theories, practices and existing technologies when working on unusually complex technical problems

+ Interprets and records data, conducts analyses, compares findings to relevant studies and local, state, and federal regulations to ensure compliance

+ Develops solutions which are highly innovative.

+ Assignments are often self-initiated

+ Acts as advisor to management and clients.

+ Oversees the work of less experienced scientists

Minimum Requirements

+ BS degree in Environmental Science, Biology or Ecology, from a recognized/accredited university or college

+ 10+ years of experience and interest in managing staff

+ Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment

+ Demonstrated knowledge in at least one of the terrestrial disciplines (vegetation, wetlands, forestry or wildlife) and its associated methods

+ Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) or eligible for immediate registration with the BC College of Applied Biology is a must. Candidates with other certifications will be also considered; it is expected that the candidate will pursue the registration with BC College of Applied Biology

+ Strong knowledge of provincial and federal regulations as they apply to developments in BC and Western Canada

Preferred Qualifications

+ Project Management and business development skills are preferred

+ Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment

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