Intermediate Fisheries Ecologist/Environmental Construction Inspection

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Azimuth Environmental Consulting Inc.

Environmental Assessments and Approvals

Job Description

Job description

Intermediate Fisheries Ecologist/Environmental Construction Inspection

Azimuth Environmental Consulting, Inc. Our organization is a small staff-owned environmental consulting firm employing about 20 people in ecological and hydrogeologic positions. Azimuth has offered consulting services to clients throughout Ontario since 1995. Most staff have been employed with the company over the majority of their professional career and many have worked for Azimuth for over a decade. Most senior managers began their career with Azimuth and have enjoyed the opportunity to grow with the organization over time.

Job Description;

Azimuth Environmental Consulting Inc. (Azimuth) is seeking an Intermediate Fisheries Ecologist with experience completing aquatic habitat assessments, in the field of construction and environmental construction monitoring, conducting Fisheries Act self-assessments and ‘request for review’ submissions for works in and around water. Applicants must have a university degree in biology or related field, and a minimum 3 years of relevant experience. The successful candidate will complete fisheries assessments, complete environmental construction inspections, prepare reporting to environmental regulatory agencies, liaise with agencies, and effectively manage fisheries projects on behalf of a wide array of clients ranging from government agencies, municipalities, developers and private landowners. Experience dealing with public, regulatory agencies, contractors and clients is necessary, and applicants with MTO RAQS certification, and CISEC certification are desired.

Key responsibilities will include:

• Plan, manage and conduct fish and fisheries studies to support a variety of land development projects;

• Complete pre and post construction reviews of site conditions, resource mapping and field checking of contract drawings as it relates to environmental protection and enhancement;

• Inspect road construction projects to ensure that best management practices for erosion and sediment control and conformance to plans, specifications, standards and legislative requirements of permits and approvals are met;

• Complete environmental construction reports, forms and checklists, including photographs and records of progress of work, documentation of site conditions, identifying deviations from design drawings, review of permit related plans, and identify compliance with approvals;

• Document and notify appropriate staff and management of observed construction deficiencies related to environmental protection, and assist in devising alternative solutions oftentimes under demanding site conditions;

• Complete field work, supervise and mentor junior field staff;

• Prepare technical reports: Fish and Fish Habitat Existing Conditions, Fish and Fish Habitat Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring Compliance Reports, DFO Self Assessment reports, DFO Request for Review submissions, DFO Request for Authorizations submissions including Offsetting Plans;

• Prepare environmental protection and mitigation plans to facilitate regulatory approvals in concert with Environmental Planners and Project Managers;

• Effectively managing large quantities of field data;

• Assist in the preparation of regulatory approval and permitting applications to MNRF, DFO, Conservation Authorities, and Transport Canada;

• Preparation of project proposals including budgets;

• Ensuring technical quality of work including field methodology and review of client deliverables (proposals, reports, and meeting schedule and budget requirements);

• Working with, and maintaining relationships with government and regulatory agencies.

Desired Skills and Experience:

• A degree in biology, ecology or a related environmental field with a minimum of 3 years of working experience;

• Successful completion of Erosion and Sediment Control Training with an emphasis on Road Construction (i.e. CISEC);

• Certified under MTO RAQS Specialties for “Environmental Inspection During Construction”, “Fisheries Compliance During Construction Contracts”, “Fisheries Assessment” specialist and/or MTO “Species at Risk Specialist” is an asset;

• Field experience with fish and fish habitat (fish handling, and fish identification with knowledge of fish species at risk an asset), sediment and erosion control practices (CISEC certification is desired);

• In-depth knowledge of relevant provincial and federal environmental legislation and policies for working around water, (i.e. Federal Fisheries Act, Conservation Authority Act, Federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Environmental Assessment Act (Ontario), Provincial Policy Statement (PPS));

• Working knowledge of relevant provincial environmental legislation and Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Ontario;

• Experience conducting headwater assessments for land development projects;

• Experience in conducting Fisheries Act self-assessments and “request for review” submissions for works in and around water;

• Coordination of short term, and long term environmental monitoring programs under pre and post-development scenarios to ascertain changes to fish and fish habitat to comply with approvals;

• Proven ability to develop, manage and conduct fisheries studies in a variety of habitats;

• Demonstrated experience in proper installation and maintenance of environmental protection measures during bridge and culvert related road construction;

• Demonstrated knowledge of groundwater and surface water dewatering procedures and environmental protection requirements;

• Demonstrated experience in spills action response protocols and mitigation techniques;

• Recognized ability to work independently and succeed in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team environment;

• Strong oral and written communication, report writing, organization and interpersonal skills;

• Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license.

Qualified applicants may email cover letter with CV/resume to Sara Murphy at

Work Perks

Azimuth Environmental Consulting, Inc. was formed in March 1995 and has grown to offer its clients a diverse disciplinary cross section of environmental services. Azimuth's goal is to provide clients with expert environmental consulting solutions that effectively meet their needs. Our professional staff are predominantly senior consultants with expertise in environmental planning, regulation/policy development, agriculture, hydrogeology, contaminant hydrogeology, hydrogeology of fractured rock, geochemistry, hydrology, environmental engineering, fisheries biology, wildlife management/biology, terrestrial biology, environmental restoration and botany.

Azimuth's clients represent federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as private corporations throughout Ontario. Most of our clients are repeat clients, where Azimuth acts as their environmental department, providing expertise in any of our corporate disciplines.

Our staff enjoy business perks on a regular basis including summer flex time on Fridays, Friday noon BBQ's in the sun, gatherings to promote colleague relations including curling or snowshoeing, and annually contribute staff time to good causes including Barrie Christmas Cheer, Women & Children's Shelter and the Barrie Food Bank. New opportunities for enhancing the working environment are always being explored.  Azimuth prides ourselves on our dedication to a comfortable atmosphere driven by staff who care about the well being of the company. 


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