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Junior Biologist

Morrison Hershfield

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Remote

Full time

Nov 9

Morrison Hershfield is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering and management firm located throughout the US and Canada. We are a dynamic, employee-owned, team-oriented firm with a diverse project list that ensures you will be working on exciting, high-profile and challenging projects. For more than 75 years, the people at Morrison Hershfield have been the leading force behind our continuous growth and the expansion of our services.

Here at Morrison Hershfield, we are committed to providing flexible work arrangements, to assist employees in fulfilling their multiple responsibilities at work, at home and in the community.  Flexible work arrangements provide additional options for work schedules and locations.  As we focus on project delivery, clients and staff, we have several working options available for working at Morrison Hershfield.

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of a Senior Fisheries Biologist/Environmental Planner and will develop a thorough understanding of various sampling protocols and legislation in relation to aquatic and terrestrial habitat protection and restoration. Typically, these projects will be related to designed infrastructure in and near water, as well as construction and environmental protection. You must be willing and readily available to conduct field work with Morrison Hershfield's biologists, both locally and throughout western Canada, often on short notice. You must also be willing to occasionally work long hours in the field, sometimes in inclement weather, and be prepared to travel to remote work locations by various means of transportation. You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team, be able to quickly adapt to changing priorities and have a desire to take on challenges.Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with desktop research and data collation, as well as preparation of general permit applications, memorandums and/or client communications
  • Working under the supervision of intermediate and senior biologists, conduct field surveys and investigations on waterways and waterbodies, collecting field data on fish communities, aquatic habitat, water quality, invertebrates, riparian and terrestrial vegetation, migratory birds, etc.
  • Maintaining and organizing accurate and detailed field notes and data, which includes photo documentation
  • Inputting, maintaining, and summarizing field data and information in databases and reports
  • Assisting with environmental construction inspection and monitoring, fish salvages, bird-nest sweeps, etc.
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Assisting with the preparation and review of Environmental Management Plans

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education with a major in ecology, biology, or environmental studies with a minimum of two years related experience.
  • Experience in the identification of fish species and terrestrial vegetation form Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta
  • Technical report writing skills and the ability to summarize field data for use in reports
  • Must be able to work independently while at project sites, which are often in remote/isolated areas
  • Physically able to work under challenging environmental and physical conditions such as rough terrain, inclement and extreme weather conditions, fast water, and dangerous wildlife  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Valid driver's license
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Desired Criteria:

  • Experience working with indigenous groups
  • Experience with backpack electrofishing and/or electrofishing certification
  • Experienced in the interpretation of aerial images and topographical maps for features related to land use, impacts, identification of natural features, and built infrastructure
  • Experienced in use of aquatic sampling equipment such as multi-meters, stream gauging, Ponars/Ekmans, etc.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Certification


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