Summer Student – Biologist – Saskatoon

WSP E&I has a seasonal opportunity for a Summer Student Biologist for various project work in Saskatchewan from May through August 2023. The successful candidate should expect to spend time in the field, including work in remote areas.

Based in Saskatoon, the successful candidate will join our team of Biologists and Environmental Technicians working on a broad range of resource development projects in western Canada.

A day in the life:

Working in support of the Environment and Regulatory Team under the supervision of the Discipline Lead, you’ll:

- Complete biological surveys, including but not limited to surveys for grassland birds, boreal birds, sharp-tailed grouse leks, burrowing owl, short-eared owl, common nighthawk, amphibians (auditory and visual), snake hibernacula, bats, rare vascular plants, weeds, etc.
- Conduct pre-construction bird nesting surveys (i.e., passive nest sweeps) within construction areas
- Collect data and undertake data entry
- Conduct desktop environmental screenings
- Collect relevant information in support of applications and submissions to regulatory agencies
- Gain exposure to report preparation, including:
- documenting existing conditions,
- identifying ecological sensitivities, and
- discussing potential project impacts

What you'll bring to WSP ...

- Current enrolment in an accredited University Degree or Diploma Program in Biology or related relevant environmental discipline
- Strong commitment to safety
- Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Flexibility to work a variety of schedules (days/nights)
- Ability to go to the field (or specific site) for up to 10 days at a time
- Unrestricted Class 5 driver’s license valid for use in Saskatchewan and a good driving record (driving abstract required)
- Participate in drug screening for site access if needed
- Strong communication and report writing skills
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
- Basic Microsoft Office computer skills (Word, Excel and Outlook)

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

- Field experience in the Canadian prairies
- Bird identification skills
- Rare plant and weed identification skills
- Experience in the consulting sector
- Experience using GPS handheld units to navigate and to capture data