FISHERIES BIOLOGIST – Nanaimo, B.C.

 

M.C. Wright and Associates Ltd. is seeking an experienced Fisheries Biologist to become part of our dynamic and multi-disciplinary team of biologists, fisheries technicians, GIS technicians, and software developers. The successful candidate will be responsible for completing project-related tasks including planning, field studies, data analysis (including GIS mapping and analysis), report development, and project management. We are ideally seeking a biologist with diverse technical skills (i.e. fish and wildlife) and consulting skills (i.e. project management, client service, communications, and business development). You will be expected to work both independently and within project groups, undertaking task from start to finish with full team support. Hands on field work will be mixed with project management and report preparation.

Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
• Planning, leading, and managing freshwater and marine baseline and impact assessment studies;
• Providing project support via GIS mapping and analyses;
• Preparing and submitting regulatory applications;
• Leading the preparation of construction environmental management plans; and
• Wild Salmon Policy related work, including working with stewardship groups on watershed assessments, limiting factors analyses, and restoration priorities.

Desired qualifications:
• A degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related environmental discipline
• Minimum 5 years’ experience working as an applied biologist, preferably including direct experience in the fields of fisheries biology, habitat restoration, hydrology, and forestry
• Formal training in and / or minimum 5 years’ experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Demonstrated technical competency and knowledge of marine and freshwater fish and fish habitat
• Experience with designing and implementing scientific studies / field programs and managing field teams and the collection of baseline data
• Excellent analytic and research skills (leveraging known science, sound knowledge of scientific literature)
• The ability to manage multiple projects and work independently under minimal supervision
• Ability / interest to work extensively in the field in a range of weather conditions, often in remote locations
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• A valid driver’s licence

Other assets include:
• Knowledge of applicable provincial and federal regulatory environments as they relate to environmental assessment, offsetting, and effectiveness monitoring
• Familiarity with the Wild Salmon Policy
• Familiarity with Habitat Banking
• Experience working with large GIS datasets, including LiDAR data processing, terrain modeling, and orthophotograph analysis
• WCB commercial SCUBA diver certification
• Swiftwater rescue certification
• Technical field skills including total station surveying, differential GPS mapping, water quality sampling, fish sampling (i.e. electrofishing), escapement assessments, and boat handling

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV describing your experience to mike.wright@mcwrightonline.com (no phone calls please). Only short-listed candidates will be notified.