Natural Resource Solutions Inc. (NRSI) is an environmental consulting firm with our head office located in Waterloo, Ontario. NRSI is a well-respected firm that focuses on technical excellence in the field of ecology with experience working on a wide range of projects across Canada, including land developments, renewable energy, natural heritage planning, ecological restoration, research and monitoring, 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 currently looking to hire one or more qualified and experienced Avian Biologists to join NRSI’s team. The primary focus of this position will be the completion of breeding bird surveys, as well as other avian surveys (migration, behaviour, etc.) at a variety of project sites across southern and central Ontario. The biologists will also assist with other field and office projects work, including other ecological field work. There may be other opportunities throughout the contract to lead and/or assist with other survey types if the applicant demonstrates skills in other areas of biology.
It is anticipated that the successful applicants will be based out of either the Waterloo or Kingston area. The Kingston position will focus on avian work on Amherst Island, as well as other sites in eastern Ontario. Due to Covid-19, many NRSI employees are working from home, with travel to project sites for field work. NRSI will provide IT support for working at home. See below for more details about our Covid-19 approach. This is a full-time contract position with a preferred start date of May 2, 2022 and an end date of August 26, 2022. Approved project related expenses will be covered.
A valid driver’s license and insurance eligibility is required. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic access to a personal vehicle and the ability to work remotely is also a requirement. The successful applicant will have skills and experience in the following areas:
Extensive experience in completing a variety of avian surveys (e.g., breeding bird surveys, area searches, point counts, documenting breeding bird evidence, etc.). Other aspects of avian field survey experience are an asset.
Ability to identify (visually and auditorily) the majority of regularly occurring breeding birds of southern and central Ontario (with a strong emphasis on songbirds).
Experience applying bird survey protocols and methodologies (e.g. Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, Marsh Monitoring Program, etc.) is an asset.
Experience completing other terrestrial field surveys, such as ecological land classification, herpetofauna, mammal, and insect surveys, is an asset.
Demonstrated experience and comfort travelling and working in the field, including remote locations and camping.
A desire and demonstrated ability to work independently.
Experience in technical report writing, data entry and analysis.
Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail in all aspects of work.
Willingness and the ability to conduct field work over potentially long hours, early mornings, late nights, a variety of weather and environmental conditions (insects, diverse terrain, seasonal temperatures, etc.).
Physical fitness, as field work for this position may require considerable physical exertion.
Driver’s license is required.
Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification.
Qualities such as good work ethic, dependability, and a positive attitude are essential for this position.
Position Type: Full-time contract (37 or more hours per week, including travel).
Duration: May 2 – August 26, 2022
Location: Waterloo or Kingston with travel to sites throughout southern/central Ontario.
Key Requirements: A valid driver’s license, personal vehicle, and ability to work remotely.
Salary: $20 - $24 per hour [commensurate on training and experience]
Submit Cover Letter/Resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Avian Biologist
Attn: Nathan Miller and Dan Riley
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume no later than March 25, 2022, with interviews being conducted as suitable applicants are identified. Applications received after the March 25th deadline will still be accepted and may be considered if a suitable candidate is not found during the first round of interviews, or if additional positions are required. All applications are greatly appreciated; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
It should be noted that the current COVID -19 outbreak and the provincial restrictions on work have changed the way NRSI conducts its work. As a result, this field biologist position will be on an “as-needed” basis. The NRSI office is closed and all employees are required to work from home. NRSI has developed company wide and project-specific health and safety measures, according to government recommendations in order to protect staff and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, while allowing us to carry out essential work.