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Jacobs Senior Aquatic Biologist in Calgary, Alberta

Senior Aquatic Biologist


Jacobs is currently seeking a Senior Aquatic Biologist, to join our dynamic team in western Canada. This position provides technical leadership on the aquatic biology components of our projects, as well as technical mentorship and guidance to our team of biologists. This position is based out of one of our western Canada offices (Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria); however, alternate locations may be considered based on the the individual applicant.

The successful candidate will join our Site Planning and Permitting Practice, and will work as part of multi-disciplinary project teams to contribute to the environmental planning and permitting and efforts of government and privately owned infrastructure projects as providing technical support for the duration of construction of those projects.

As a recognized specialist of aquatics biology, the successful candidate will also provide strategic input to the growth of the business, and technical support to business development efforts. On projects, the successful candidate will provide technical leadership to the execution of the work, including baseline data collection efforts and methods, development of Technical Reports and regulatory applications, and construction monitoring.

The Senior Aquatic Biologist may also be called upon to liaise with clients, regulatory authorities, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities on the work. This is a science-based role, and the successful candidate will have a strong reputation in the industry as a technical expert, and a proven ability to defend the technical rigor of the work completed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in fish or aquatic-related studies with a minimum of 15 years of directly relevant experience conducting and managing aquatic studies (such as fish and fish habitat assessment and water quality monitoring);

  • Masters or Ph.D degree in fish or aquatic-related studies

  • Two or more years of leading and managing aquatic crews in remote settings;

  • Experience working with the oil and gas, pipeline, forestry and/or mining industries. A preference will be given for experience working on linear development projects.

  • Working knowledge of the Federal Fisheries Act, provincial fisheries legislation in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as other relevant provincial and federal environmental legislation in western Canada;

  • Hold or be eligible for Professional Designation under the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists and/or the BC College of Applied Biology;

  • Strong time management skills, with the ability to simultaneously work on multiple tasks/projects and meet project deadlines;

  • Experience in client liaison and business development;

  • Experience with overseeing aquatics biology components of environmental assessment and regulatory applications, as well as defending work in regulatory settings (i.e., oral hearings, working groups)

  • Positive attitude, self-motivated with strong initiative;

  • Preference will be given to candidates with previous consulting experience; and

  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with a diverse range of industrial clients

Primary Location Canada-Alberta-Calgary

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: GES0000FF