Fisheries Biologist (Senior/Intermediate)




We are seeking Senior and Intermediate Fisheries/Aquatic Biologists to join our team in Western Canada. This position can be worked out of our offices in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, and or Prince George.

About Us:

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. (SLR), Palmer Environmental Consulting Group Inc. (Palmer) is part of a global consultancy firm providing environmental and advisory solutions to clients, with a team of over 3,000 talented professionals delivering advice and support in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Palmer’s expertise builds on SLR’s existing environmental capabilities, creating one of the largest environmental teams in Canada. Palmer and SLR recognize the synergies in services related to fisheries, aquatic, and terrestrial ecology, hydrogeology, water resources, geology and geomorphology and continue to further expand and diversify the range of services and technical depth in Ontario and British Columbia.


What do we offer at Palmer?

We understand the importance of flexibility, autonomy, work-life balance and job satisfaction. To support our goals and the career development of our staff, Palmer offers:

  • A flexible work environment with the ability to work from home, the office or both
  • A competitive compensation package including comprehensive health care, dental care, vision care, and employee assistance programs
  • The opportunity to participate in an employer sponsored Group RRSP
  • Provision of company cell phone
  • A young, dynamic and energetic work environment
  • A commitment to workplace diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, and the recognition of the importance of diverse perspectives
  • Ample opportunities for career advancement within Palmer

What We’re Looking For:

Senior Fisheries Biologist

  • Provide technical leadership for fisheries and aquatic science on a variety of projects in the mining and infrastructure sectors
  • Lead the successful completion of high quality technical reports
  • Advise on study designs and data analysis, including advanced statistical analyses and interpretation of complex data
  • Work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary group
  • Promote fisheries and aquatic services and develop new opportunities
  • Perform senior level project activities, such as project/budget management and report writing
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to junior and intermediate staff

Intermediate Fisheries Biologist

  • Planning and leading fisheries and aquatic resources field programs in remote locations
  • Prepare high quality technical reports
  • Conduct and coordinate data management and analysis, including statistical analyses and management of large, complex datasets
  • Support the development of new opportunities through proposal writing and other business development activities
  • Project coordination and project management support
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to junior staff

Skills & Qualifications:

Senior Fisheries Biologist

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree related to fisheries, aquatic, or environmental science
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience, including consulting experience in the BC mining and infrastructure sectors
  • Excellent knowledge of the Fisheries Act and federal/provincial environmental assessment processes
  • Strong experience developing fish habitat offsetting plans
  • Strong experience with in-stream flow modelling
  • Multi-jurisdictional knowledge of environmental regulations, policies, and permit application processes
  • Experience in budgeting and project management
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Registration (or eligibility for registration) as a Professional Biologist (R.P.Bio) in BC

Intermediate Fisheries Biologist

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree related to fisheries, aquatic, or environmental science
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (experience in consulting an asset)
  • Registration (or eligibility for registration) as a Registered Professional Biologist (R.P.Bio.) in BC
  • Strong background in fisheries and aquatic science, including familiarity with field sampling and assessment methods for fish, fish habitat (including water and sediment quality), benthic invertebrates, and periphyton
  • Experience with federal, provincial, and territorial environmental legislation, guidelines, and permitting processes
  • Flexibility to travel for fieldwork
  • Ability to manage personal project workload and meet deadlines
  • Strong technical, oral, and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with mine permitting and fish habitat offsetting would be an asset
  • Required certifications: Valid BC driver’s licence and BC electrofishing supervisor certification
  • Preferred certifications: ATV/UTV/Argo Safe Operations certification and/or CABIN field technician or project manager



At Palmer, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our application process aims to reduce bias by using a questionnaire to assess key skills. All demographic details commonly found in CVs are kept separate until candidates are chosen for an interview.


Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request throughout the recruitment and hiring process as required by Company policy and the BC Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act.

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