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Intermediate Ecologist

Company: Terrapex Environmental Ltd.
Location : Toronto or Burlington,ON
Company Profile

With a Vision and Passion for creating a company based on fostering long term client relationships and an enthusiastic positive team, Michael Osborne, P.Eng., Founder and CEO, launched Terrapex on March 10, 1995.  Over the last 25 years, the Company has grown strategically and organically.  With established office locations in Toronto, Burlington, Ottawa, as well as newly opened satellite locations in Alberta and British Columbia, Terrapex  boasts a team of close to 90 highly skilled and dedicated individuals, the majority of which have been with the company for at least 5 years.

Job Description

Terrapex Environmental Ltd. is searching for an Intermediate Ecologist to contribute to the development and growth of our ecological practice area. The successful candidate will be able to provide ecology based services on a variety of projects including infrastructure, development, and commercial/industrial projects in Ontario, working out of our office in either Toronto or Burlington.

Working under the leadership and support of our Ecological Services Manager and supporting staff, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
• Conducting desk-top reviews to evaluate permitting requirements;
• Developing mitigation and protection measures in accordance with environmental legislation and policy (Conservation Authorities, Federal and Provincial Regulatory Agencies, Municipal By-Laws);
• Reviewing desk-top information for the potential presence of species at risk (SAR), critical habitats and environmentally sensitive areas;
• Completing biological field surveys including breeding bird/nesting surveys, botanical inventories, Ecological Land Classification, wildlife surveys (reptiles, amphibians, mammals, etc.), targeted SAR surveys, fisheries assessments and wetland delineation following established protocols;
• Assisting in the preparation of technical proposals and reports; and,
• Other duties as may be assigned.

Requirements and Experience:
• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Ecology, Biology, or related discipline;
• 5+ years experience completing ecological assessments for private, municipal, provincial projects;
• Familiarity with field survey protocols for birds, reptiles and amphibians, vascular plants, and/or fish;
• Experience completing targeted species at risk surveys;
• Experience completing Ecological Impact Studies;
• Ability to identify and delineate natural heritage features (i.e., wildlife habitat, wetlands);
• Strong identification skills (trees, wildflowers, reptiles, amphibians, aquatic biota);
• Strong technical knowledge of both provincial and federal regulations;
• Superior verbal and written communication skills; and,
• Valid Driver’s License.

Additional Certifications are an asset:
• Class I Electrofishing/Class II Backpack Electrofishing
• Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol Training (OSAP)
• Ontario Wetlands Evaluation System (OWES)
• Ecological Land Classification (ELC)
• Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC)

Successful candidate will also possess the following traits:
• Energetic, self-motivated, results-oriented go-getter;
• Composed, confident demeanor, comfortable in a variety of settings (e.g. clients, contractors, technical staff, executives);
• Flexible, responsive can-do attitude, with willingness to take on wide scope of responsibilities to contribute to building the ecological practice area.

Working Conditions
• Field work may be conducted in remote areas with limited facilities;
• Will require field work during non-standard hours (e.g. early mornings for breeding birds and late nights for some SAR and amphibians);
• Ability to handle up to 10 km of walking/hiking, carrying up to 10 kg;
• Will require occasional travel, generally for one or two nights.