AECOM Senior Fisheries Biologist in Markham, Ontario

Business Line Environment

Position Title Senior Fisheries Biologist

Canada - Ontario


Job Summary

AECOM’s Ontario Water & Natural Resources (W&NR) team is seeking a Senior Fisheries Biologist to help drive the delivery of our existing projects and to grow our capacity to serve clients on challenging and exciting projects across the province. AECOM’s WNR team has experienced rapid growth to 65+ staff in recent years and this position offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of one of Ontario’s premier environmental consulting teams. The position may be based out of any of the following offices: Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Barrie, Sudbury or Markham.

The appropriately qualified candidate will have 10+ years of experience in project coordination/project management and regulatory permitting with a background in aquatic ecology data collection, impact assessment, monitoring and reporting. Staff management and mentorship experience is an asset. The applicant will be highly self-motivated, well organized, and proficient in developing and adapting work systems to optimize project delivery, effectively holds others accountable, works well collaboratively with other team members and departments, and will have outstanding written and oral communication skills. Effective leadership skills and an ability to work well on multi-disciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment are essential qualities.

Taxonomic identification of Ontario freshwater fishes (including aquatic Species At Risk and invasive species), implementation of provincial protocols, Species at Risk permitting and experience in aquatic habitat restoration design and implementation are required. Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the design, installation and monitoring of Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) measures and protection of fish and aquatic habitat at construction sites is an asset. Individuals should have a background conducting fish species inventories, including electrofishing and other fish capture methods, aquatic habitat impact assessments, and associated data analysis and reporting. Individuals should have knowledge and experience working with environmental regulations: Fisheries Act, Endangered Species Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, Conservation Authorities Act, etc. Preference will be given to candidates that are currently designed or hold the perquisite for immediate registration with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Registry, Appraisal and Qualification System (RAQs) for Fisheries Assessment and /or Fisheries Compliance Specialties.

The position will involve leading aquatic ecology investigations including field work in support of baseline studies, ensuring quality delivery of environmental deliverables (EAs, impact assessments, Species at Risk permitting and mitigation plans, etc), proposal writing, business development and technical leadership in fisheries biology.

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

  • Manage and conduct fisheries and aquatic habitat surveys and provide technical support

  • Supervise and mentor intermediate and junior staff through on-the-job training and project work

  • Effectively manage and coordinate projects as a technical lead or project manager

  • Write and deliver high quality reports, which may include: field reports; permit applications; compensation plans; sustainability/restoration plans; environmental impact assessments; land/watershed plans; management plans

  • Quality control of data analysis and reports and a commitment to technical excellence

  • Work collaboratively between different offices and groups

  • Identify emerging markets and business opportunities with existing and new clients

  • Develop appropriate marketing materials and strategies

  • Write effective proposals

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in environmental science or biology, from a recognized University or College

  • 10+ years demonstrated experience in project coordination/management and environmental permitting with relevant work experience in a related field (ideally consultancy) with advanced skills in fisheries biology

  • Proven leadership and superior communication skills

  • Project Management skills and experience in tracking schedules and delivering projects on time and within budget

  • Excellent communicator and able to liaise with all stakeholders including regulatory agencies

  • Effective proposal preparation skills

  • Strong reputation for ecological expertise, and capable of developing good client relationships

  • Demonstrated experience conducting and leading teams for biological field work in southern and central Ontario

  • Solid understanding of the environmental documentation process including impact assessment and mitigation

  • Knowledge and experience with federal and provincial acts, regulations, policies and guidelines in particular, the Fisheries Act, Species At Risk Act, Endangered Species Act, Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement, Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

  • Strong technical capability in field and laboratory identification of aquatic biota of Ontario

  • Demonstrated ability in developing new business opportunities

Preferred Qualifications

  • 15+ years relevant work experience in a related field (ideally consultancy)

  • Valid RAQS-registration in any: Fisheries Assessment Specialist, Fisheries Compliance During Construction Specialist, Environmental Monitoring During Construction

  • MTO/DFO/OMNRF Fisheries Protocol Training

  • Valid CISEC certification

  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) certification

  • Mussel and/or Benthic invertebrates Identification course

  • Mussel relocation design and implementation experience

  • Water Quality sampling and interpretation

  • Pleasure Craft Operator certification

  • Master’s Degree in related field

  • Valid Standard First Aid + CPR

  • Fluency in written and spoken French is an asset

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At AECOM, employee's safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value. All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM's Safety For Life Program. SH&E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.

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Job Category Sciences

Country Canada

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 181129BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.