Intermediate Wildlife Biologist - Permanent

  • Company Name: Bear Tracks Environmental Services
  • Company Website: https://beartracksenviro.com/
  • Opening Date: 2021-11-24
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-15
  • Location: Lethbridge

Intermediate Wildlife Biologist – Permanent

Bear Tracks Environmental Services (2015) Ltd. is seeking a permanent intermediate wildlife biologist to join our fast-growing team in Lethbridge, AB. Founded as a biological consulting firm in 2006, Bear Tracks’ experience portfolio has since grown to include an array of environmental consulting services, allowing us to meet the various needs of our industry and government clientele.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting field work and overseeing junior staff completing field level wildlife assessments. The ability to identify prairie and boreal wildlife species (by sight and sound) will be key to success in this position. You will be asked to work alone at times and this position may also require some early mornings and late nights. Weekly schedules are typically 5 and 2, however depending on the project, you may be expected to be away for multiple weeks at a time in the field.

Wanting to be part of a vibrant team is a must. We take our work seriously, but fully understand that people have lives outside of their job. We like to keep it light, while providing an amazing product for our clients. This may not work for all companies, but it’s worked well for us.

You must be familiar with survey/sampling protocols for various wildlife species, in addition to industry standard practices. Experience with GIS is an asset, while experience with vegetation assessments, wetland evaluations, and contaminated site assessments would also be important in this role. Proficiency with word and excel is a must.
Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:
• Conduct breeding bird and avian migration surveys.
• Conduct species specific surveys which may include sharp-tailed grouse, burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, amphibian call surveys, snake hibernacula surveys, and short-horned lizard surveys.
• Support or lead GIS related tasks
• Support and oversee other field staff with various projects.
• Technical report writing
• Proposal development
• Provide updates to senior staff as to the progress of various field programs.

Candidates will have the following qualifications and experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or technical diploma in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science, or related discipline.
• Minimum 4 years of field experience with some of that experience preferably gained from a consulting background.
• Knowledge of provincial and federal regulations, approval processes, and survey guidelines.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Currently registered as a P.Biol. or BIT, or eligible for registration as a Professional Biologist in Alberta.
• Experience conducting wildlife surveys in Alberta and/or British Columbia.
• Ability to detect species by sight and sound; and the ability to identify habitat requirements of the species.
• Must work well with others and be organized. Organization is key as you will be responsible for working on various projects concurrently.
• Ability to read a map and use a GPS. It seems simple but some people lack this skill.
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license, H2S Alive, TDG, ATV safe rider, and First Aid are required. If you don’t have any of these currently, we can work on getting them for you.

Assets for the position include:
• ArcGIS or QGIS knowledge
• Veg. identification skills
• Experience with wetland assessments
• Experience with Detailed Site Assessments
• Experience completing Phase I and/or Phase II environmental site assessments

This position is full time with a tentative start date in early January. Bear Tracks offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and flexible work hours. Preference will be given to candidates based in the Lethbridge area or who are willing to relocate to Lethbridge for this position. Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@beartracksenv.ca, and indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the intermediate biologist position.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified and the position filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.