Azimuth Environmental Consulting Inc. (Azimuth) is seeking a biologist specializing in terrestrial ecology, with an emphasis on plant identification and restoration ecology. Applicants must have a university degree in biology or related field, and a minimum 3 years of relevant experience. The successful candidate will undertake field vegetation community monitoring of large-scale forest, wetland, and meadow restoration projects, and monitoring of environmental mitigation on large-scale construction projects. Applicants must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Strong data management and technical writing skills using Microsoft software are a must. Experience dealing with public, regulatory agencies, contractors and clients is also desired.
Key responsibilities of the Terrestrial Ecologist position will include:
- Conducting terrestrial studies to support a variety of projects, with emphasis on vegetation monitoring within restoration areas and environmental mitigation zones in a construction setting;
- Assisting with assessment and management of wildlife habitat, including rare species and Species at Risk;
- Effectively managing large quantities of field data;
- Assisting with planning and development of management practices for restoration areas and environmental mitigation zones;
- Preparing technical reports associated with the project, approvals, or compliance requirements in concert with environmental planners, project engineers and project managers;
- Assisting in the preparation of regulatory approval and permitting applications;
- Ensuring technical quality of work including field methodology and review of client deliverables and meeting schedule and budget requirements; and,
- Maintaining positive working relationships with government and regulatory agencies.
- University degree in biology / ecology or related studies with a minimum of 3 years experience conducting and managing terrestrial studies;
- Knowledge of: Ontario's Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA), federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), the Environmental Assessment Act (Ontario), Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), Fisheries Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, and other relevant provincial and federal environmental legislation;
- Strong field inventory skills related to completion of surveys of vascular plants (trees, shrubs, forbs, and graminoids) and plant communities, including rare species and Species at Risk;
- Ability to identify birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals is a strong asset;
- Proven ability to develop, manage and conduct field inventories and to efficiently manage large volumes of data and communicate findings clearly and efficiently in technical reports;
- Must have a valid Ontario driver's license;
- Experience completing environmental site inspection on construction sites is an asset;
- Recognized ability to work independently in both indoor (office), and outdoor (field) settings which may include moderate physical exertion (e.g. large amount of walking); and,
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.