Experience: 7 or more years
Location: Calgary, AB (hybrid work office/home)
Employment Type: Full-time, combination of office and field work (40:60, varying with season)
The Solstice team includes experts in soils, forestry, wildlife, hydrology, wetland and vegetation ecology, Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis, remote-sensing, Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), risk management and monitoring, remediation, reclamation, hydrogeology and environmental regulatory and policy experts. You will be joining a company of innovators and change-makers to help deliver services and products, prioritizing efficiency, quality, and safety.
We offer flexible work options, a great team culture, health and wellness benefit options and an opportunity to be an important part of supporting the continued growth and success of our project partners.
Reporting to the Ecological Services Manager, Solstice is seeking an Intermediate level Wildlife Biologist to lead, support and manage various ecological projects. Duties will include proposal and budget preparation, project management, mentorship of junior staff in field assessment, regulatory approvals, advise and environmental assessment processes, and client relationship development. The candidate will be expected to execute field programs acting as a field and safety lead, as required.
The focus of the team is to:
- Develop, complete and support ecological projects/programs, across various industries in western Canada
- Provide services including environmental assessments and regulatory approvals, environmental compliance monitoring programs, biodiversity studies, pre-disturbance assessments
- Support the Solstice Strategic Solutions team and Assessment, Risk & Reclamation team
- Provide 3rd party review and support to client and partners
- Provide spill response services to key clients and partners
Minimum of 7 years experience in the environmental consulting industry, with direct experience in undertaking various environmental field programs related to ecological and wildlife data collection for linear developments, transportation and development projects, and other industries.
- B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, or other program with an environmental focus.
- Must be registered and in good standing with Alberta Society of Professional Biologists as a Professional Biologist with sign-off authority in Alberta.
The suitable candidate for this position will require a diverse skill set in both the field and office components of environmental consulting. This includes a strong understanding of the consulting industry.
More specific position requirements include:
- As a proven leader in environmental assessment, you will bring experience and expertise in the provision of technical and regulatory advice for the completion of wildlife and ecological projects at both provincial and federal levels.
- Expertise in wildlife focused provincial and federal regulations and legislation, including the MBCA and Alberta’s Wildlife Act.
- Experience leading migratory bird nest sweeps and wildlife sweeps, with a strong proficiency at visual and auditory bird identification and a solid understanding of migratory bird species nesting habitat associations, nesting chronology and nesting behaviors. Skilled in identification of general wildlife species and habitat associations.
- Excellent ecological field data collection skills and survey techniques, including strong navigation skills, with experience in using digital data collection methods and applications. Basic understanding of vegetation and soils and willingness to participate in multi-disciplinary projects is an asset.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required to manage multi-disciplinary project teams.
- Lead and/or work on a multi-disciplinary team to produce high quality environmental reports for a variety of clients and sectors.
- Demonstrated experience in technical and quality review of reporting and other deliverables is an asset.
Project Management and Support
- Project management and leading teams, with strong organizational skills in establishing priorities, estimating timeframes, and meeting deadlines. Must be able to make independent decisions and ensure standards and quality of work are maintained.
- Possess creative problem-solving skills with a strong ability to assess and resolve problems or challenges as they arise and implement timely solutions.
- Ability to “simplify the science” for non-experts to help them understand complex environmental risks and opportunities in an uncomplicated way.
- Identify potential business development opportunities associated with current projects and drive solutions to remove obstacles and barriers
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required
- A strong communicator “who listens to understand,” not just to respond, and can discuss, explain, and consider all aspects of projects with other staff, industry peers and clients
- Self-starter who has strong ability to set goals and achieve those goals; work independently and possesses a willingness to learn.
- Field work and travel are important components of the work
- Knowledge of the oil and gas industry is an asset
- Proficiency in ArcGIS and statistical analysis is an asset.
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of services
- Fluency in Cree, Dene, Sioux or Blackfoot would be an asset
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
- Casual dress
- Dental care
- Extended health care
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- RRSP match
Flexible Language Requirement:
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Calgary, AB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
- environmental consulting: 7 years (required)
Work Location: Hybrid remote in Calgary, AB