Employment Type: Permanent Full-time, combination of office and field work (70:30)
Experience: 10 or more years
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posting Date: August 24, 2022
Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found
Starting Date: Immediate
About Solstice Environmental Management
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.
Our Ecological Services team is seeking a Senior Vegetation Ecologist to manage and lead our
environmental assessment and monitoring projects. Duties will include:
- project management and client relationship development
- proposal and budget preparation
- mentorship of junior staff in field assessment, regulatory approvals advice and environmental
- field work as required.
Clients include – First Nations, Urban and Rural Municipalities, Construction/Engineering firms,
- 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 an asset. 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.