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    • Employer: Natural Resource Solutions Inc.
      Location: Calgary
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 06/26/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Natural Resource Solutions Inc. (NRSI) is an environmental consulting firm that focuses on technical excellence in the field of ecology with experience working on a wide range of projects across Canada, including impact assessments for land developments and renewable energy, ecological restoration planning, and species assessments and recovery strategies. Our staff consists of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic biologists and ecologists with a wide range of specific technical expertise in the identification, assessment, and management of wildlife, ecosystems, and natural features.

    NRSI is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Avian Biologist with a minimum of 3 years of experience (5 years preferred) to join NRSI’s Calgary office.  This position is intended to be a full time/permanent position.  The position will be filled as soon as possible, with a target start date on or before July 13.

    Job Description

    This position provides a unique opportunity for a motivated individual to join a leading environmental consulting firm, with established clientele, in our Calgary office.  The successful applicant will be integral in designing, coordinating and implementing biological studies related to a wide variety of project types and within several geographic locations, primarily within Alberta and Saskatchewan.  The applicant will work collaboratively with other NRSI team members, both in Calgary and other Canadian offices.  Primary responsibilities are expected to include: designing and leading avian field work, sometimes in remote locations, as well as coordinating, overseeing and implementing amphibian, reptile, mammal and other wildlife monitoring programs, entering and analyzing data, and preparing comprehensive reports.  Travel to NRSI’s Head Office in Waterloo, Ontario will be required on occasion.

    Specific Job Responsibilities:

    Design and implementation of avian monitoring programs, including migration and breeding bird surveys;

    Assistance with other wildlife monitoring programs;

    Participation in vegetation surveys and wetland delineations;

    Data entry and analysis of potential ecological impacts;

    Preparation of detailed reports following applicable regulations and policies;

    Knowledge and familiarity with provincial and federal policies and legislation;

    Attendance at client and agency meetings, industry conferences, and public information sessions;

    Preparation of detailed proposals, budgets, and work programs;

    Recommendation of site-specific mitigation measures and opportunities to minimize potential impacts;

    Highly motivated individual comfortable working independently;

    Willingness and the ability to travel and conduct regular multi-day field monitoring exercises, sometimes in remote locations; and

    Willingness and the ability to conduct field work over potentially long hours, early mornings, late nights, occasional weekends, and a variety of weather and environmental conditions (insects, diverse terrain, seasonal temperatures, etc.).


    Candidates for this position should have applied experience working within Alberta and/or Saskatchewan, including specific experience designing and leading avian monitoring programs, including studies targeting particular species.  The successful applicant will have experience leading complex ecological tasks as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including coordinating multi-season field studies, preparing comprehensive monitoring reports, assessing potential impacts and making appropriate recommendations for mitigation measures to minimize identified impacts. 

    The successful applicant will have:

    A Bachelor’s Degree in in Biology or Environmental Sciences, a Technical Diploma in Natural Resources or Environment Management, or other similar degree demonstrating technical knowledge and/or training;

    Designation, or immediate eligibility, as a Professional Biologist (P.Biol.) or Biologist in Training in Alberta;

    Minimum of 3 years (preferably 5 years) of demonstrated technical experience in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan, such as previous consulting experience;

    Excellent avian identification skills visually and by ear, for all major groups of bird species in Alberta and Saskatchewan;

    Experience designing and leading bird surveys, including those targeting particular species (e.g. Sharp-tailed Grouse, Burrowing Owl, etc.);

    Knowledge and familiarity with provincial and federal guidelines and monitoring protocol;

    Experience with multiple aspects of project management and implementation, including field monitoring, reporting, and impact assessments; and,

    Experience preparing proposals, project schedules, and budgets.

    Experience designing and implementing monitoring programs within other disciplines (e.g. bats, amphibians, vegetation surveys, wetlands, rare plant inventories) will be considered an asset to this position. 

    Experience with business development activities, such as identifying and reviewing new opportunities, preparation of proposals and budgets, and contacting potential clients will be an asset. 


    The remuneration package includes salary commensurate on experience, profit sharing, performance bonuses, professional development fund, a full benefit package and RRSP contribution plan.


    This position with NRSI provides a unique and exciting career opportunity to play an integral role in the Calgary office, and an exceptional growth opportunity for the successful applicant, to work collaboratively to develop a network of contacts, secure and manage complex and challenging projects, and to be involved in technically rewarding projects and innovative mitigation solutions for a variety of project types. 

    For more information on the services and technical excellence of Natural Resource Solutions Inc., please visit www.nrsi.on.ca.

    Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@nrsi.on.ca by June 26, 2020, quoting Avian Biologist (Calgary) in your application.  Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted, at which point references and/or samples of writing may be requested.

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