Aquatic Biologist

Intermediate Aquatic Scientist

At Matrix Solutions we collaborate across services, disciplines, and geographies to deliver responsive, locally connected, and scalable solutions customized to our clients’ projects and environmental challenges. Our integrated approach is supported by talented professionals and a project management model that encourages synergies, promotes service excellence, and provides cost and time savings.

A Canadian owned environmental and engineering consulting company, with employees strategically located across the country from British Columbia to Ontario.

Our people fuel a solutions powerhouse, tailoring our work for clients and projects where environmental stewardship matters and where we can make a difference.

To be a company where our people and clients can’t imagine working with anyone else.

Our team is made up of diverse people working collaboratively towards common goals. We value the contributions and perspectives of all employees and are committed to equity and diversity initiatives to create a feeling of belonging for all of our people. When we are inclusive and diverse in a way that reflects the broader world we serve, we are able to draw from a wider community of excellence within the regions we operate.

We partner with clients and communities to solve challenges. It’s our job to power progress and shape a better future where our clients, people, communities, and environment thrive.

Are you looking to…

• Act as discipline lead for aquatic ecology or surface water for baseline, environmental assessments, regulatory applications, construction projects and monitoring programs for various types of developments including power, mines, oil and gas facilities, and pipelines
• Support a variety of specialized project areas including aquatic studies, habitat assessments, fish health studies, aquatic effects assessments supporting risk assessments, and/or remediation techniques in aquatic habitats
• Mentor and develop junior team members
• Have autonomy and the opportunity to interact and work with a community of technical experts from other Matrix regions.
• Partner with extensive, long standing clients such as municipal governments, conservation authorities, academia, and private industry.
• Join a well-respected environmental consulting company where the majority of employees are also shareholders.

As a Intermediate Aquatic Scientist, you will join our Calgary, Alberta office as part of our Natural Sciences team. Other western office locations will also be considered. The successful applicant will be involved in a broad range of projects with responsibilities as follows:
• Oversee complex biological investigations, specifically aquatic effects assessments (e.g., benthic invertebrate and aquatic ecology projects)
• Contribute to a growing and collaborative team of biologists and aquatic scientists
• Apply current scientific knowledge to perform advanced data analysis including statistics and preparation of technical reports
• Provide advice to internal and external clients related to complex aquatic environmental monitoring strategy, aquatic monitoring in streams and waterbodies affected by contaminated sites and industrial impacts, aquatic effects assessments, and Ecological Risk Assessments
• Actively participate in maintaining Matrix’s strong safety culture

What We Are Looking For
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or related field
• Eligible for professional designation in a relevant organization (i.e. P. Biol., P. Ag., etc.)
• 7-10 years of consulting experience related to aquatics
• Familiarity with pertinent regulatory guidelines (e.g., Environmental Quality Guidelines for Alberta Surface Water, Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life.)
• Demonstrate knowledge of the environmental assessment process in Alberta (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act) and Canada (Impact Assessment Act) as related to effects on aquatic environments
• Abilities in the areas of aquatic study design, field sampling protocols, statistical analysis and report preparation and review
• Experience in summarizing and manipulating field and laboratory datasets and other environmental information
• Project management skills including developing and monitoring of budgets, project scoping and scheduling, organizational skills; field logistics and reporting
• Possess strong attention to detail as well as good organizational skills
• Excellent written communication and technical report writing abilities
• Ability to provide mentorship to junior staff and participate in their development
• Experience managing client relationships
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other disciplines on integrated assessments
• Possess a valid class 5 driver’s license with no driving restrictions
• Strong safety mindset and demonstrated safety leadership

Why Choose Matrix

At Matrix you will be part of an amazing community of collaborative people who live our values and bring industry-leading technical expertise to their work every day. We offer a comprehensive compensation package, which includes RRSP matching, vacation + ‘Me’ days, profit sharing, and opportunities to become a shareholder. We are also committed to flexible work hours and schedules, team-based work, and cross-training opportunities.

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Are you the one we're looking for? Please apply to us directly by April 8, 2023. As a note, we are not accepting third party agency applicants at this time.

Matrix is committed to providing a safe and productive work environment and to promoting the health, safety and well-being of our employees. In keeping with our Health & Safety Policy, individuals in safety sensitive positions are subject to pre-employment, pre-access (and in some client cases, random) alcohol & drug testing as well as drivers abstract reviews.

Applicants must have legal authorization to work in Canada with no restrictions.

We welcome and promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. Matrix provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities; including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources directly.

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