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We are looking for a Junior Terrestrial Ecologist to join our growing and dynamic team in our Waterloo and Whitby ON offices on a full-time permanent basis. This position will involve providing both private and public clients with excellent technical guidance and navigation of the natural environment regulatory framework.
At GHD, we work for internal and external clients completing the natural resources' component for transportation companies, government agencies, municipalities, energy companies and developers, on a wide variety of projects.
Our role is to conduct detailed biological inventories and complete environmental assessments of a proposed development and assess potential impacts on Species at Risk, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.
General Duties and Requirements:
The Junior Terrestrial Ecologist will be responsible for supporting the collection, analysis and interpretation of biological survey data collected from project sites. Strong field skills in the identification of woody and herbaceous plants and wildlife (birds, turtles, snakes), vegetation community types, and/or wetland ecosystems are preferred. This person will work with the Senior Ecologist and other biological staff as a team on projects. You will be supported in learning about the preparation of various types of reports including Environmental Impact Studies, Natural Heritage Evaluations and Environmental Assessments.
Provide technical expertise with a field background in wildlife, botany, ecological land classification, wetland function and delineation, and/or arborist surveys
Coordinate and/or conduct field surveys including targeted efforts for Species at Risk, habitat assessments, and compensation and/or permitting requirements
Conduct or support wetland evaluations and boundary delineations
Support the development of scope including field work-plans, reporting as well as the identification of permitting, authorizations, or approvals (MECP, Conservation Authorities, ESA, SARA, etc.)
Complete literature reviews around species, habitats or projects including official plans, provincial legislation and regulations, consultant reports, GIS sources, scientific literature and natural heritage databases
Provide data compilation and interpretation and analysis
Coordinate, write, and/or provide technical input in support of natural environment components of Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Studies, Natural Heritage Evaluations, and other natural environment related deliverables
Work well with peers in all aspects of environmental consulting, while fostering an energetic and collaborative environment
Skills, Competencies and Qualifications:
Bachelor degree in science or environmental studies, university or equivalent is required
From 0-3 years of related work experience required
Previous experience working at an environmental consulting firm, conservation authority, MNRF, CWS or NGO as a biologist is an asset
Ontario-based certifications or training (e.g. Ecological Land Classification, Butternut Health Assessment, Ontario Wetland Evaluation System, etc.) are considered assets
Ideal candidate will have experience in the field and in the application of natural environment consulting provincial or federal Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Studies in at least one of these fields: land development, aggregates and mining, or linear infrastructure including transportation or pipelines.
Experience in Ontario conducting botanical and wildlife surveys with thorough understanding of monitoring protocols, including Species At Risk surveys
Experience with digital data entry in the field and remote data loggers is an asset
Experience conducting field work, and willingness to travel to undertake field work as required (field demands can include working long hours, working in inclement weather conditions, and working in remote areas)
Experience leading multiple tasks while maintaining a high degree of attention to detail
Exhibit flexibility with the types of project and responsibilities within them
Experience working with Indigenous communities an asset
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office, excellent English writing and verbal communication is required to effectively express technical information to multiple audiences including clients, agencies, subcontractors, field staff, clients, colleagues, etc.
Valid driver's license along with a clean driver's abstract is required
Must have or be able to obtain first aid certification
As a diverse and inclusive organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, GHD will provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process.
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