Intermediate Fisheries Biologist/Technician

  • Company Name: CPP Environmental
  • Company Website:
  • Opening Date: 2023-03-07
  • Closing Date: 2023-04-30
  • Location: Red Deer/Sherwood Park

Career Opportunity – Intermediate Fisheries Biologist/Technician

Pisces Environmental, a specialized fisheries and aquatics division of CPP Environmental, is currently seeking an Intermediate Fisheries Biologist/Technician to join our growing team of professionals. CPP Environmental provides environmental consulting services for the Alberta market, specializing in land, water, and natural resource management. With expertise in the design and use of government policy and regulatory systems, CPP works with clients to develop industry-leading solutions tailored to the unique needs of each situation. Our expertise includes professionals in the field of Forestry, Land Management, Agrology, Biology, Aquatics, Wildfire Management, Water Management, and Environmental & Natural Resource Policy. The position can be based out of our Sherwood Park or Red Deer office. Visit to learn more.

At CPP, we have a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that regularly work in work teams on a variety of projects. Most staff have a primary area of expertise, combined with one or more complimentary competency areas suited to career interests. Our corporate approach is to provide staff with variety in types of work, depending on education, training, and interests. Generally, CPP Environmental offers:
• A challenging and dynamic work environment.
• The opportunity to gain experience through working on a variety of projects.
• Exposure to a range of work, including wildlife surveys, fish and fish habitat surveys, environmental monitoring, groundwater sampling, and natural resource planning.
• The opportunity to travel and work in terrestrial and aquatic systems from remote to populated locations across Alberta.
• Colleagues that are easy to get along with and have similar interests.
• Supervisors that are caring, flexible, and have an open and pro-active approach.
• Mentorship from senior professionals in the company.
Specifically for this position, these are the perks of working in our Team:
• Collaborating with a well-rounded team of like-minded individuals that includes senior regulatory advisors (Water Act, Public Lands Act, municipal), junior to senior aquatic ecologists, junior to senior wildlife biologists, and junior to senior environmental inspectors. The Team is led by senior members with years of industry experience and a compassionate approach.
• Working on the assessment and permitting side with a variety of professional engineering firms to complete aquatic assessments and environmental protection plans to guide sustainable construction activities.
• Working on the regulatory assurance side with construction companies to ensure that environmental features are protected during construction. We work on some of the largest construction projects in the province, and thus, there will be ample opportunities for growth. These projects involve many different facets, including care of water, wildlife management, vegetation management, and erosion and sediment control (ESC). Examples include the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Project, large bridge projects in the Peace Region and Edmonton area and a multitude of crossing projects throughout Alberta.
• Participation in our Construction Inspector & ESC Training Program led by our Senior Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).
• Participation in long-term aquatic ecosystem monitoring and research programs in the beautiful setting of the Alberta foothills and mountains.
• Exploring opportunities for advancement in a growing company.
• Career mentorship with senior members with 20+ years of experience.

Opportunity Description
We are seeking an individual who wants to be a leader, is highly motivated, independent, and committed to working with a diverse group of environmental staff. The Intermediate Fisheries Biologist/Technician will
coordinate day-to-day operating matters related to planning and environmental services in collaboration with, and with the direction of, the Operations Director to provide deliverables to clients that are on time and budget. The daily work scope will be a
combination of project management, field lead/supervision, and writing technical reports for a variety of clients and service areas. The Intermediate Biologist/Technician will lead a variety of projects, including fish and wildlife assessments, environmental risk assessments, Environmental Construction Operations (ECO) Plan development, construction supervision and environmental monitoring, fish rescue, water quality sampling, riparian assessments, and the development and implementation of watercourse reclamation/restoration projects.
Meeting the definition of a "Qualified Aquatic Environment Specialist" (QAES) under the Alberta Water Act will be necessary, which means a person who has a detailed knowledge of aquatic environment, including fish and fish habitat management and assessment, and is currently experienced with:
• fisheries and aquatic environment assessment methods, and
• the determination of mitigation measures required to maintain the productive capacity of the aquatic environment, including fish habitats in Alberta that may be adversely affected by the carrying out of works in and adjacent to the water, bed and shore of water bodies.
We are seeking individuals with the following primary experience and interests:
• Managing client files and projects. Be the direct point of contact with clients and provide high quality of service by being responsive and amenable to project needs.
• Ensure a quality product is delivered and the client is satisfied with services and needs are met.
• Acting as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the applicable area of expertise.
• Providing technical direction to staff and clients.
• Technical and professional writing (editing, proof reading and quality control on formal submissions and external documentation). Ensure a quality product is delivered.
• Engage in administrative duties including contributing to the preparation of proposals.
• Fish sampling including electrofishing.
• Vegetation, bird, wildlife, amphibian, and fish identification.
• Wetland delineation.
• Environmental monitoring during construction.
• Following Health, Safety and Environmental Policies, Programs etc. in support of safe workplaces.
• Conduct project tasks within budgets. Ensure the closing out of projects and checking that project tasks are complete.
• Provide project reports and updates for external and internal purposes, as requested.
• Provide mentorship to junior staff. Help them grow as professionals.
• Be an integral part of the CPP team.

Experience, Education and Skills
The ideal candidate will effectively use their diverse background of skills and experience to successfully work with the CPP Environmental team and stakeholders in developing high quality services and products to our clients. Attributes of the ideal candidate are as follows:
• Highly motivated and an independent learner with a desire to be involved in the fisheries and aquatics field.
• Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience.
• Possess a post-secondary degree or diploma in an environmental science.
• Be eligible for membership with either the College of Alberta Professional Foresters, College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists, Alberta Institute of Agrologists, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, or Alberta Society of Professional Biologists.
• A valid Alberta driver’s license.
• Be willing and proficient in conducting field work, which can sometimes be in remote locations.
• Excellent work ethic and ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
• Good problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
• Understand and determine the applicability of relevant provincial and federal government regulations.
• Strong professional writing skills (writing, editing, proof reading).
• Excellent time management skills.
• Strong project management skills - ability to track and administer workflows and provide updates relative to project requirements.
• Strong people skills – ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and clients to ensure that environmental regulations are followed.
• Technical abilities in the areas of study design, field sampling protocols, data analysis and report preparation and review.
• Proven knowledge in aquatic ecosystem assessment and management.
• Working knowledge of sediment and erosion control techniques, technologies, and practices.
• Experience with wetland assessments will be considered an asset.
• Experience with wildlife assessments will be considered an asset.

CPP Environmental is an established environmental company that invests in its employees and provides opportunities for career growth. We value smart work and promote a work-life balance for team members with flexible work options including hybrid work (in office/remote). We provide a social and professional environment to support your personal and professional goals. We believe what we do has a significant impact on our community and the communities where we work. This is something we take very seriously.
A competitive compensation package will be offered corresponding with the candidate’s experience and skills. Apply through the CPP Environmental website careers page on our website or send applications to Address applications to:
Human Resources
CPP Environmental Corp.
Unit 154, 150 Chippewa Road
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 6A2
Contact Jason Machney at 403-347-5418 if you have any questions.
Closing date: Until suitable candidate is found.