AECOM Intermediate Aquatic Ecologist in Burnaby, British Columbia

Requisition/Vacancy No. 149976BR

Position Title Intermediate Aquatic Ecologist

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Country Canada

State/Province/Region CAN - British Columbia

City Burnaby

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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 is actively seeking a highly talented and hardworking Intermediate Aquatic Ecologist for immediate employment in the Burnaby, British Columbia office.

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

  • Designing and management of aquatic studies including fieldwork, oversight of field staff, data analysis and reporting

  • Preparing aquatic related environmental impact assessments and

  • Developing fish and fish habitat mitigation and enhancement plans

  • Coordinating and preparing applications for environmental approvals and permits required for projects including Federal, Provincial and Municipal permits

  • Provide professional guidance and expertise on fisheries and aquatic ecosystem related projects

  • Delivery of quality reports on budget and schedule

  • Participating in multi-disciplined teams conducting environmental assessments, project permitting, field surveys, and construction monitoring

  • Preparing health and safety and quality management plans for field programs

  • Contributing to broader, interdisciplinary teams on a wide variety of major infrastructure, power, mining and oil and gas opportunities

  • Proposal development

  • Interacting with other offices across Canada, USA and Globally

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Biology or Conservation

  • 4+ years of relevant project experience (Western Canadian experience preferred)

  • Experience leading, managing and conducting fisheries resource studies, including fish habitat restoration and enhancement planning,

  • Experience with techniques for sampling water, fish (i.e. electrofishing certificate, boat electrofishing an asset) and other aquatic organisms (periphyton, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, etc.)

  • Experience with freshwater and marine environments in Western Canada

  • Experience in conducting field investigation in remote locations and managing the work and health and safety of field crews

  • Registered Professional with the BC College of Applied Biology (R.P.Bio) or equivalent

  • Strong understanding of federal and provincial environmental legislation and policies

  • Must be able to withstand the rigors of fieldwork and maintain safety standards applicable to each project

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Ability to manage time effectively in a dynamic work environment

  • Strong initiative and able to work through complex problems with little oversight

  • Willingness to work flexible hours under a variety of conditions including remote field locations

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience with GIS software

  • Must possess a Class 5 drivers’ license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or PhD in related field

  • Valid level 1 First Aid, Crew Boat Operator/Pleasure Craft Operator, ATV/UTV/Argo, and other safety courses

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.


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.