Senior Ecologist

  • Company Name: Solstice Canada Corp. / Solstice Environmental Management
  • Company Website: https://www.solsticecanada.com/
  • Opening Date: 2021-08-24
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-20
  • Location: Edmonton, Red Deer, or Calgary

Employment Type: Full-time, combination of office and field work (70:30)

Experience: 10 or more years

Posting Date: August 24, 2021

Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found

Starting Date: Immediate

About Solstice
Solstice provides customized environmental management services to a variety of First Nations, commercial, oil/gas and municipal development clients. With a focus on responsible land use management and understanding the value of local indigenous ecological expertise, we work to braid traditional knowledge and western science through collaboration to help our clients understand, manage, and reduce environmental impacts.

The Solstice team includes experts in soils, forestry, wildlife, hydrology, wetland and vegetation ecology, GIS (Geographic Information System) analysis, remote-sensing, conservation and reclamation planning, and environmental policy. You will be joining a company of innovators and change-makers to help deliver services and products, prioritizing efficiency, quality, and safety.

Our goal is to leave behind a positive legacy that goes beyond the immediate projects we complete to empower our clients with sustainable solutions.

Position Overview
Our biophysical and regulatory team is seeking a Senior Ecologist to manage and lead our environmental assessment and monitoring projects. Duties will include proposal and budget preparation and project management, mentorship of junior staff in field assessment, regulatory approvals advice and environmental assessment processes, field work as required, and client relationship development.

Clients include – First Nations, Urban and Rural Municipalities, Construction/Engineering firms, Oil/Gas

Position Requirements
Minimum of 10 years experience in the environmental consulting industry, with direct experience planning and leading various environmental field programs and associated reporting related environmental and biophysical assessments, wetland assessments, and monitoring programs for linear developments, transportation and development projects, and other industries. Experience with statistical analysis and sampling design is an asset.

Must be registered as a Professional Biologist, signing authority as a Wetland Practitioner (QWSP) under the provincial Wetland Policy is preferred. Individuals working towards achieving signing authority as a Wetland Practitioner will be considered.

Proficient in 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.

Excellent understanding of environmental legislation applicable to our key industry sectors, including the regulatory and permitting processes at all levels of government (municipal, provincial, territorial and federal). Must have direct and applicable experience in navigating projects through various provincial permitting and approval processes including but not limited to the Alberta Water Act and Public Lands Act.

Experience in directing and undertaking a variety of field programs with excellent field skills in general ecological data collection, including vegetation and wildlife inventory skills. Understanding of soils and water quality data collection is an asset. Ability to mentor and train junior and intermediate biologists.

Ability to travel as required to undertake field work.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required to manage multi-disciplinary project teams. A strong communicator “who listens to understand” not just to respond and can discuss, explain, and negotiate complex technical matters with clients.

Ability to “simplify the science” for non-experts to help them understand complex environmental risks and opportunities in an uncomplicated way.

Self-starter who has strong ability to set goals and achieve those goals; work independently and possesses a willingness to learn.

Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of services

Fluency in Cree, Dene, Sioux or Blackfoot would be an asset

Education
B.Sc. or M.Sc. in the biological or environmental sciences disciplines

Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience. Please submit resume and cover letter to info@solsticecanada.com. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.