AECOM Terrestrial Ecologist in Kitchener, Ontario

Requisition/Vacancy No. 159119BR

Position Title Terrestrial Ecologist

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Country Canada

State/Province/Region CAN - Ontario

City Kitchener

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About the Business Line


Our team of environment specialists offers clients expertise in air quality, impact analysis and permitting, environmental health and safety management consulting/due diligence, remediation consulting/engineering and construction/site restoration, specialty and emerging technologies, waste services and water and natural resources.

Job Summary

AECOM's Ontario Water & Natural Resources team is looking for a Terrestrial Ecologist to support our existing projects activities and to grow our capacity to serve clients on challenging and exciting projects across the province. Note that this is a temporary position till end of summer, based out of Kitchener or Markham.

The successful candidate will have 2-5+ years of experience conducting and leading terrestrial ecology field work as well as knowledge and experience in the taxonomic identification of plants/animals and implementation of field protocols, be highly motivated and accountable, enjoy working outdoors, work well collaboratively with other team members, and be an effective communicator.

Individuals should have a background conducting biological inventories, including Ecological Land Classification (ELC), terrestrial wildlife habitat assessments and species inventories, and associated data analysis and reporting. Strong organizational skills, leadership skills, and an ability to work well on multi-disciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment are essential qualities. The position will involve leading or supporting terrestrial ecology investigations including field work in support of baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, Species at Risk permitting and mitigation plans, and related scopes of work.

Key roles for the position include:

  • Lead or support a field crew to undertake data collection and field investigations to document baseline terrestrial ecology conditions according to study requirements in urban and remote sites in southern and central Ontario

  • Provide technical support to junior field staff (e.g. in verifying plant taxonomic identification)

  • Data entry and report writing

  • Adhere to and enforce AECOM’s Health and Safety Protocols

  • This position will require individuals to work remotely in rugged terrain within southern and central Ontario for periods of time as part of field crews based on project locations

Minimum Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in environmental science or biology, from a recognized University or College

  • Strong technical capability in identifying flora of southern and central Ontario and ability to apply/use dichotomous keys

  • Demonstrated experience identifying fauna of Ontario (e.g. birds, amphibians, snakes, turtles, mammals including bats, insects, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience conducting and leading teams for biological field work in southern and central Ontario

  • Experience with air photo interpretation (hard/soft copy), Global Positioning Systems, and map and compass orientation

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently

  • Ability to work in both field and office environments

  • Valid Ontario Drivers License

  • Valid Standard First Aid + CPR

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ecological Land Classification training and certification

  • Arborist certification

  • Ontario Wetland Evaluation System training and certification

  • Experience writing and preparing technical reports

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Wilderness First Aid and/or wilderness experience

  • Has access to a vehicle for conducting field work

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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