Intermediate Terrestrial Ecologist



Palmer is seeking to hire an Intermediate Terrestrial Ecologist located in Barrie/Muskoka area. We are seeking a qualified candidate to join our growing team of professionals that include terrestrial and aquatic ecologists, geomorphologists, hydrogeologists, and geotechnical engineers to work in a dynamic and collaborative work environment on multi-disciplinary projects.

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.


The candidate should have a combination of skills including strong field plant identification, ecological land classification, wetland evaluation, and familiarity with wildlife habitat assessments. Work experience with Species at Risk screening and surveys is beneficial. Responsibilities will include:.

  • Completing project background reviews, field investigations, data compilation and analysis and report writing.
  • Collecting field data and observations in an accurate and well-organized manner.
  • Completing tree inventory and protection plans, edge management plans and contributing to restoration plans.
  • Reviewing and summarizing environmental policies and legislation such as municipal official plans and the Endangered Species Act.
  • Working collaboratively with the project team, with some understanding of integrating study disciplines.
  • Assisting with agency consultations.
  • Assisting with environmental permitting and approval processes.
  • Managing project budgets, scheduling and deliverables.
  • Communicating effectively with clients and project team members.


  • Education Requirements: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental science/management, biology, ecology or geography.
  • 5+ years of experience in the areas of ecology, biology, plant science, or other related environmental discipline.
  • Ecological Land Classification and/or Ontario Wetland Evaluation System certification or demonstrated experience.
  • ISA Certified Arborist and GIS skills are an asset.
  • Experience with wildlife surveys for herpetofauna, birds, and/or mammals.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to solve problems in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision and manage own schedule.
  • Access to a personal vehicle and a valid Class G driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Work Location:

This position will be primarily working from home with the flexibility to work from other Palmer offices if desired. This position will primarily support Palmer’s projects located north of the GTA. However, the Ecologist will occasionally work in the field at various projects sites throughout the Grey County, Bruce County, Huron County, Simcoe County, the GTA, Peel Region, York Region, Muskoka-Parry Sound Region, and potential opportunities in western Canada.


Commensurate with level of education and industry experience.

Application Instructions:

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.

In addition, appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request throughout the recruitment and hiring process as required by Company policy and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Job Category: Biology & Ecology
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Bracebridge GTA Hybrid
Status: Accepting Applications
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