Senior Aquatic Ecologist


Senior Aquatic Ecologist
Location: Surrey, BC
Salary: Salary $66,200.03 – $75,658.71 annually
Start Date:
Application Deadline: 09/13/2017
Job Information: BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Surrey, BC

Senior Aquatic Ecologist
Salary $66,200.03 – $75,658.71 annually

Join a professional resource management team dedicated to building and transforming BC’s vital water program.

Water is fundamental to BC’s communities, ecosystems, food supply and economy. The provincial water program is a diverse group of highly collaborative people who help support and make robust and durable decisions with evidence based policy and sound science. Program staff work with internal and external partners to help ensure provincial water management is effective and sustainable as per the Water Sustainability Act. This Act supports expanded regulation of groundwater, leading environmental protection practices and new area-based management tools – all which allow water resources to be more effectively managed during times of growth and change.

As a Senior Aquatic Ecologist you will be part of a regional team that contributes to surface and groundwater management to conserve fish, wildlife and aquatic ecosystems consistent with the Water Sustainability Act. The Senior Aquatic Ecologist is a provincial expert providing sound, science-based advice and direction to ministry staff, decision makers, consultants, and the public regarding consideration and determination of environmental flow needs and aquatic ecosystem assessment and management. This role includes application of scientific methods to address uncertainty and inherent risks of water management regimes, including the use of predictive models, to provide an evaluation of the environmental outcomes from alternate decisions that can be used to balance resource management decisions within the context of economic and social benefits.

Qualifications for this role include:
• Master’s degree or PhD in the environmental, hydrological, or biological sciences with 3 years of direct experience in aquatic resources assessment and management or
• A Bachelor’s Degree in the environmental, hydrological, or biological sciences or related field with a minimum 5 years of direct experience in aquatic resources assessment and management including assessment of environmental flow needs for aquatic communities.
• Experience conducting multiple different field techniques for instream flow measurement.
• Experience analyzing and interpreting long-term hydrologic data, including statistical analysis of data.
• Experience in planning, directing and implementing studies to answer questions related to aquatic ecosystem interactions with altered flow regimes and/or groundwater extraction.
• Experience interpreting and applying environmental management legislation and policy.
• Experience analyzing and interpreting fish and aquatic wildlife life history information and habitat conditions.

For more information and to apply by September 13, 2017, please go to: