AECOM Terrestrial Ecologist in Calgary, Alberta

Business Line Environment

Position Title Terrestrial Ecologist

Canada - Alberta


Job Summary

AECOM's Impact Assessment and Permitting team in Alberta is looking for a Terrestrial Ecologist to support our existing projects activities and to grow our capacity to serve clients on challenging and exciting projects across Western Canada. This role will be based out of our Calgary office.

The appropriately qualified candidate will have 4+ years of experience conducting and leading terrestrial ecology field work as well as knowledge and experience in the taxonomic identification of plants/animals and implementation of field protocols, be highly motivated and accountable, enjoy working outdoors, work well collaboratively with other team members, and be an effective communicator.

Individuals should have a background conducting biological inventories, including Ecological Land Classification (ELC), terrestrial wildlife habitat assessments and species inventories, and associated data analysis and reporting. Strong 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 terrestrial 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.

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

  • Lead or support a field crew to undertake data collection and field investigations to document baseline terrestrial ecology conditions according to study requirements in urban and remote sites in Western Canada, although mainly in Alberta

  • Provide technical support to less experienced field staff (e.g. in verifying plant taxonomic identification)

  • Data entry and report writing

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

  • This position will require individuals to work remotely 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 identifying flora of Alberta and the Canadian prairies

  • Demonstrated experience identifying fauna of Alberta and the rest of the Prairies (e.g. birds, amphibians, snakes, turtles, mammals including bats, insects, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience conducting and leading teams for biological field work

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

  • 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

  • Valid Standard First Aid + CPR

Preferred Qualifications

  • Report writing & field protocols

  • Alberta Wetland Classification System training

  • 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

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 Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Canada

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 182806BR

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.