Terrestrial Ecologist

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WSP is currently seeking a Terrestrial Ecologist to join our Ecology team, located at our Ottawa office. Reporting to the Ecology lead , the candidate will be provided with the opportunity to work on challenging multidisciplinary projects in a variety of sectors with a wide range of complexity. .
  • Undertake botanical field investigations, including, but not limited to: detailed botanical inventories, Ecological Land Classification (ELC), targeted SAR surveys (e.g. Butternut Health Assessments) and SAR habitat assessments, wetland and other feature delineations
  • Undertake and/or assist with wildlife field investigations, including, but not limited to: amphibian calling surveys, breeding bird surveys, bat acoustic / exit surveys, SAR wildlife habitat assessments
  • Assist in proposal writing, study design and implementation
  • Perform background research and analysis, including consultation with government agencies
  • Assist with quality control of field data collection
  • Assist with data analysis and management
  • Contribute to report preparation (e.g., environmental assessment documentation, environmental impact studies and ecological monitoring reports), including documentation of existing conditions, identification of ecological sensitivities, potential impacts and recommended mitigation measures
  • Work within a team environment and communicate effectively with all levels of staff
  • Field work and occasional travel is required
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Post-secondary education in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Studies and/or other similar field, with a strong background in field biology;
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience working as an Ecologist/Biologist;
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of field data, data organization and management
  • Knowledge of standard field survey protocols for a range of ecological surveys
  • Experience working in ecosystems within Ontario and/or Quebec
  • Willingness to work in the field, occasionally in remote locations and outside standard office hours
  • Knowledge of and experience with interpreting environmental policies and legislation (e.g., the Provincial Policy Statement, Endangered Species Act, Species at Risk Act, official plans, etc.)
  • Certifications in Ecological Land Classification (ELC), Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) and/or Butternut Health Assessment (BHA) certification are considered strong assets
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as within a team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, time management and organizational skills
  • Fluent in the use of standard Microsoft Office software including Excel and Word
  • Class G Ontario driver's license and access to a vehicle is required
  • Current First Aid certification is an asset.
  • Bilingualism (French & English) is an asset.

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).
WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.
WSP Canada Inc.
Ottawa, ON
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