Ecology Lead (Maternity Leave Contract)

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  • Full Time
  • Guelph
  • Posted 4 weeks ago

Aboud & Associates Inc. Aboud & Associates Inc.

Aboud & Associates Inc.

Job Description

The Company

At our small office located in Guelph, we all wear multiple hats to provide service levels that exceed our multinational competition. Our Ecology Lead will be taking a maternity leave in July 2017, and we are seeking a full-time skilled Ecologist to take on her role as Ecology Lead while she is away.


The Requirements

As the Ecology Lead, you are a key player in delivering one of the three core service disciplines to our clients. Acting as the primary internal and external contact for clients, reviewing agencies and allied professionals, you will develop and maintain external relationships for ecology related business development.


As an ecologist you are well-rounded, with experience leading junior staff, and expertise in the area of wildlife ecology, with an emphasis on breeding birds, species at risk and significant wildlife habitat. Experience with aquatic habitat studies and their applications are considered an asset (OSAP certified preferred). To date, aquatic based ecology work has taken a back seat to terrestrial based work. Part of your role will be to review and develop aquatic ecology related standards of practice, based on protocols, legislation, and best management practices as well as advise the CEO of resource requirements.


As a Project Manager with consulting experience, you will manage multiple projects from initial client contact to post occupancy monitoring, preparing proposals, terms of reference, schedules, and budgets and providing quality control of all ecology based documents. You will also be working externally with engineers, planners, ecologists and landscape architects in the public and private sectors, as well as communicating directly with clients, contractors and residents to prepare the biological components of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Studies for development and infrastructure projects.


A candidate with strong writing, organization and editorial skills, and experience writing and editing reports for a variety of audiences and clients is required. The technical findings of these documents will need to be presented at public meetings in a semi-technical way at public information centres or municipal council or in a technical capacity at advisory committees; as well as internally to the non-ecology based team.


Collaborating with the professionals in house is a big part of this position; however you will need confidence to make informed decisions from day one on the job. As your project proceeds through detailed design and implementation you will direct the consulting team and other stakeholders with obtaining permits (MNRF, DFO, CA), wildlife relocation and post-development monitoring. You will create these documents to comply with provincial and federal regulations to assist in the successful negotiation of Conservation Authorities Act permits, Fisheries Act Authorizations and Endangered Species Act permits.


The Expectations

As an experienced ecologist, you know that traveling to remote sites during non-standard office hours is inherent in the work. The field functions of the job, which include wielding a hammer to tag trees from time to time, occur during all four seasons in physically demanding environments like construction sites, swamps, and ravines. You will often be travelling to these environments by yourself, so a valid driver’s license is required. We will supply the car.


As a small office, everyone on our professional team brings a value added service beyond our job description. We are seeking an interim ecology lead, but we are also interested in the other affiliated skills and passions that you can bring to the company and clients.


If this sounds like a great opportunity to further your career, please send your resume and a cover letter to No need to recap your resume in paragraph form in the cover letter. Please describe your most significant accomplishment in your career, having context for this position.


Thank you for taking the time to read this job posting, and an even bigger thank you to those that respond; we will contact everyone that responds to let you know if there is an interview in your future.

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