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AECOM Ecologist II in Kitchener, Ontario

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

AECOM’s ecology team is looking for applicants for the position of a Junior Terrestrial Ecologist to support our existing activities and to grow our capacity to serve clients. Our Ecology team is looking to obtain a pool of candidates with the potential start date in late winter/early spring 2023.

The successful candidate will have 2 - 3 years of relevant experience, be highly motivated and enjoy working on a diversity of projects, is an effective communicator and is committed to producing high quality work.

Individuals should have experience conducting biological inventories, such as: terrestrial vegetation surveys, wetland evaluations, wildlife surveys, breeding bird surveys, Species at Risk habitat screenings, and reptile/amphibian surveys. Writing and other communication skills, organizational skills and an ability to work well on multi-disciplinary teams, are essential qualities.

The position will involve working with project managers to provide support on environmental investigations including baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, conservation and reclamation plans, species at risk permitting and mitigation plans and related scopes of work. Experience coordinating ecology projects and/or ecology components of larger projects will be considered an asset.

Key roles for the position include:

  • Coordinating and performing field investigations to describe vegetation communities according to study requirements;

  • Conducting breeding and/or migratory bird surveys; amphibian surveys; mammal tracking surveys;

  • Conducting Species at Risk habitat assessments and species-specific surveys;

  • Maintaining effective communication with clients and staff;

  • Adhering to and enforcing corporate health and safety protocols;

  • Interpreting results of investigations and integrating results with additional biophysical data; and

  • Writing effective reports in a scientific style.



  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in environmental science or biology, from a recognized University or College and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience required.

  • Knowledge and experience identifying flora and plant communities, including taxonomy and species identification;

  • Demonstrated experience identifying fauna of Ontario (e.g. birds, amphibians, snakes, turtles, mammals including bats, insects, etc.);

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as in a team and ability to work in both field and office environments;

  • Data entry and report writing;

  • Must be willing to travel (including overnight and up to 2 weeks at a time); and,

  • Valid Class G Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified in Ontario Wetland Evaluation System;

  • Certified in Ecological Land Classification;

  • Demonstrated experience interpreting wildlife habitat requirements and preparing effective compensation plans;

  • Experience preparing technical reports such as Environmental Impact Assessments, Baseline surveys and Conservation and Reclamation Plans including Species at Risk Mitigation Plans;

  • Additional field experience such as water quality sampling or fishing surveys are an asset;

  • Knowledge and experience with federal and provincial acts, regulations, policies and guidelines in particular, Endangered Species Act and/or Species at Risk Act;

  • Experience with air photo interpretation (hard/soft copy), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and map and compass orientation;

  • Experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS);

  • Proficiency in use of various research tools, strong ability to write scientifically, and capability to organize and communicate with peers, managers and clients;

  • Valid Standard First Aid + CPR.

Additional Information

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10075787

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Canada