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Fish & Aquatics Biologist

Kimberley, Cranbrook, Elko, Fernie, etc, BC
Would you like to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city? Are you interested in embracing a true laid back mountain lifestyle, complete with mountain biking, skiing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and relaxing in hot springs after a day in the mountains? If you're dreaming of affordable home ownership, then the Kootenays are calling your name!

My client is an environmental consultancy that fully embraces the laid-back lifestyle of the Kootenays, offering a flexible schedule that prioritizes work-life balance. They consist of a dedicated team of professionals who provide services across both the east and west Kootenays. Collaboration, energy, and passion are at the core of their team dynamics. Employees are genuinely valued and respected, fostering an environment that encourages flexibility, creativity, and an innovative approach to achieving work-life balance.

They are looking for a Fish & Aquatics Biologist who will lead a broad range of fish and aquatic habitat assessment, aquatic ecology, benthic invertebrate, field inventory/survey, stream classification, water quality monitoring, and construction environmental monitoring projects.

Remote / WFH / Hybrid: This position offers a hybrid/remote work arrangement, allowing you to live in or relocate to the Kootenays (Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Elko, etc)

Fieldwork: 25% - 30% during the summer months (travel 5%)

Salary: $85,000 - $120,000 (plus x1.5 overtime, personal and company performance bonuses, annual cost of living increases, RRSP contributions, etc)

  • Design, perform and manage a diverse range of aquatic biota and habitat studies, including the collection, analysis and interpretation of biological, chemical, physical, and statistical data.
  • Conduct fish, aquatic, and benthic sampling using a variety of field gear, analytical equipment, and sampling techniques in a range of aquatic environments.
  • Coordinate, supervise and mentor environmental technicians and junior biologists.
  • Prepare detailed technical reports for clients, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance in the preparation of environmental compliance and regulatory documents required for project approval and implementation, such as Environmental Assessments, EMPs, environmental protection plans, permits, licenses, and approvals.
  • Work alongside project managers and senior staff to manage, resourcing, budgeting, scheduling, reporting, invoicing, quality management, and day-to-day client liaison.
  • Develop and manage productive relationships with industry, government, First Nations, clients, other consultants and the communities where they work and live.
  • Apply novel solutions to problems and challenges to meet client and regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare work plans and cost estimates for technical programs, and write high-quality proposals.
  • Contribute to the continued growth and scientific development of the team.
  • An MSc in aquatic ecology/biology or a related discipline, plus 7 or more years of relevant experience, OR a BSc in a related discipline, plus ten or more years of relevant experience; previous relevant consulting experience would be a definite asset.
  • Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, as a Professional Biologist (RPBio or PBiol).
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation relating to the aquatic environment and experience liaising with regulators, First Nations, and other key stakeholders.
  • Previous experience leading or participating in the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) project applications would be an asset.
  • Expertise in scientific study design and implementation for field data collection.
  • Experience leading environmental effects assessment and monitoring studies.
  • CABIN certification and knowledge of statistical analysis and database software.
  • Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician (SRT 2), Electrofishing, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certification.
  • Valid First Aid, Swiftwater Safety Rescue, Electrofishing Crew Supervisor, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP), Avalanche Skills Training Level 1, Snowmobile Safety and ATV/UTV Safe Operator certifications.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
 To Apply:
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume describing your experience and salary expectations in confidence via our careers site to see all open positions and apply visit our website:
via email: resumes@envirocareers.catsone.com. Please indicate “Fish & Aquatics Biologist” in your subject line.

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