AECOM Intermediate Aquatic Ecologist in Markham, Ontario

Business Line Environment

Position Title Intermediate Aquatic Ecologist

Canada - Ontario


Job Summary

AECOM’s Ontario Water & Natural Resources team is looking for an Aquatic Ecologist to support our existing projects and to grow our capacity to serve clients on challenging and exciting projects across the province. The position may be based out of our Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, Mississauga, Markham, Barrie, Sudbury, or London offices.

The appropriately qualified candidate will have 4+ years of experience in project coordination/project management, environmental permitting as well as conducting aquatic ecology data collection, reporting, permitting and monitoring. Taxonomic identification of Ontario freshwater fishes (including aquatic Species At Risk and invasive species), implementation of provincial protocols, Species at Risk permitting and experience in aquatic habitat restoration design and implementation are required. Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the design, installation and monitoring of Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) measures and protection of fish and aquatic habitat at construction sites is an asset. The applicant will be highly motivated and accountable, enjoy working outdoors, work well collaboratively with other team members, and have outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Individuals should have a background conducting fish species inventories, including electrofishing and other fish capture methods, aquatic habitat assessments, and associated data analysis and reporting. Individuals should have knowledge and experience working with environmental regulations: Fisheries Act, Endangered Species Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, Conservation Authorities Act, etc. Preference will be given to candidates that are currently designed or hold the perquisite for immediate registration with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Registry, Appraisal and Qualification System (RAQs) for Fisheries Assessment and/or Fisheries Compliance Specialties.

Strong communication skills, 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 aquatic 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. This position may offer motivated candidates an opportunity to develop the experience necessary to develop into a senior technical or staff supervisory role.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Project coordination to assist project manager’s and senior AECOM Ecology staff with successful completion of key project deliverables

  • Assist with business development (e.g. proposal writing)

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

  • Lead or support construction monitoring with an emphasis on ESC measures and protection of fish and aquatic habitat

  • Data entry, report writing, permit applications

  • Provide technical support to senior staff

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

  • This position may 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

  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in environmental science or biology, from a recognized University or College

  • 4+ years of related experience

  • Strong technical capability in field and laboratory identification of aquatic biota of Ontario

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

  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination/management and environmental permitting

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

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

  • Ability to work in both field and office environments

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Valid RAQS-registration in any: Fisheries Assessment Specialist, Fisheries Compliance During Construction Specialist, Environmental Monitoring During Construction

  • MTO/DFO/OMNRF Fisheries Protocol Training

  • Valid CISEC certification

  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) certification

  • Mussel and/or Benthic invertebrates Identification course

  • Mussel relocation design and implementation experience

  • Water Quality sampling and interpretation

  • Pleasure Craft Operator certification

  • Master’s Degree in related field

  • Valid Standard First Aid + CPR

  • 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

  • Fluency in written and spoken French is an asset

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.

At AECOM, employee's safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value. All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM's Safety For Life Program. SH&E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Sciences

Business Group

Country Canada

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 181125BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.