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Senior Biologist in Peterborough at Design Group Staffing

Date Posted: 3/14/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

A medium sized consulting firm located in the Peterborough area is seeking a senior level Biologist to join the team. This is full-time opportunity for an enthusiastic, aspiring individual to master their skills in environmental monitoring and assessment.

Reporting to the Manager of Environmental Services, the Senior Biologist will work with a multidisciplinary team providing services to public and private sector clients.


  • As a senior member of the department, collaborate with the Department Manager to identify and develop long-term strategic priorities, systems, processes, policies and programs for the Natural Science service line.
  • Provide direction, training, and mentorship to staff within the Natural Science Group. 
  • Act as a primary point of contact with internal and external clients, ensuring high service quality standards are in accordance with client expectations.
  • Engage in business development initiatives to secure new external clients. 
  • Communicate and maintain compliance with corporate health and safety requirements and promote a safe workplace culture.
  • Provide senior-level review of biology-related technical assessment reports and ensure that timelines are met for all key deliverables.
  • Prepare baseline and impact assessment reports including impact mitigation strategies.
  • Manage and coordinate environmental monitoring and permitting activities for infrastructure and development projects.
  • Lead and/or contribute to the preparation of proposals, project work plans and schedules, budgets and cost estimates.
  • Facilitate government and agency review and response regarding permitting and project particulars with DFO, MOECC, MNRF, and Conservation Authorities.
  • Develop project related procedures for fieldwork, data collection, entry, compilation and analysis, and report preparation.
  • Problem solve where issues have been identified (i.e. field operational constraints, scheduling conflicts, unforeseen issues, competing priorities, etc.).
  • Forecast and track project resources and prepare invoices accordingly.


  • University degree in Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Water Resources, Environmental Planning, Natural Resource Management, or a related field.
  • 10 years relevant work experience ideally in a consulting environment of government agency.
  • 2 years of demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Experience in the physical collection of samples and data specific to water quality, sediment quality, aquatic/fish habitat, fish populations, benthic invertebrates and plankton communities.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and provincial (Ontario) environmental legislation and environmental impact assessment.
  • Experience with stream assessment protocols and methods, habitat restoration approaches and techniques, and best management practices.
  • Proven experience with collection methodologies, guidelines and programs including but not limited to Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Guidelines, Ontario Stream Assessment Program (OSAP), Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) and Provincial Fisheries and Wetland Assessment Protocols.
  • Electrofishing certification, Ontario Wetland Evaluation System and Ontario Stream Protocol certification required.
  • Listing in the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Registry, Appraisal and Qualification System (RAQS) under the Natural Sciences, Fisheries Assessment or Fisheries Compliance During Contracts and/or Environmental Inspection During Construction Specialties
  • Very strong communication (written and oral), client relationship building and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and proficiency in the use of Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS), Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge and understanding of biological principles including species population biology and biogeography.
  • Knowledge of the local ecology and strong species field identification skills.
  • Knowledge of standard procedures and protocols for field data collection and interpretation which are defensible in a court of law, should environmental assessment outcomes be contested.
  • Negotiation skills with government agencies, public stakeholders, proponents, etc. to come to a feasible solution.
  • Ability to prepare professional reports and presentations.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • This position requires some travel to and from jobsites on a regular basis and the successful candidate will need to have a valid driver’s license and flexibility for travel within Ontario.

Contract information:

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and you meet the requirements above please submit your updated resume in MS Word format to the attention of Samantha Watson via email at:

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