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Job Posting: Systems Ecologist with ESSA

December 22, 2017

The Opportunity

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Team in Vancouver. Our team has built a solid reputation for generating outcomes with challenging projects, using an appropriate mix of technical facilitation, systems thinking, decision analysis, adaptive environmental assessment and management, and quantitative ecology including experimental design, statistical analysis and ecological modelling. By adopting a mindset rooted in AM, ESSA delivers decision paths to its clients that are more robust and sustainable (see: Project domains include water and fisheries management, environmental assessment, recovery of species at risk, decision support tool development, river restoration, and climate change adaptation.

This full-time position involves working to support project managers and other Systems Ecologists at ESSA on existing projects as well as developing new initiatives within North America. The successful candidate will help us to extend and grow our expertise in these and related domains. Our ideal candidate has an entrepreneurial spirit who will find success in developing new business and excel over the long-run developing a network of satisfied clients.


The role requires a minimum of a Masters degree (Ecology, Biology, Applied Science, Resource Management) with a background in aquatic ecology or biology relating to freshwater fish populations. The abilities inherent in the role description above, including the expectation to initiate and develop a diverse client base demands the candidate bring a minimum of 2 years of experience with private, public, or non-governmental sectors. The skills and abilities required by the successful candidate are:

  • Extensive knowledge of environmental management approaches, especially decision analysis, conceptualization of models, tradeoff evaluation, and adaptive environmental assessment and management.
  • Quantitative skills including one or more of – ecological modelling, statistical analysis, science communication, and data visualization.
  • Experience with client relationship management, proposal writing, and project management.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, with the ability to develop and deliver professional technical presentations and reports within time and budget constraints.
  • Solid interpersonal skills and awareness, with a flexible demeanor, very comfortable and confident in small group facilitation settings. Strong ability to work effectively and collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams.
  • Proactive and results oriented, with strong problem-solving skills.

Other Skills and Assets include:

  • Experience delivering aquatic Environmental Impact Assessment analyses and documentation
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French.
  • Experience with International projects.
  • Working knowledge of one or more structured programming languages (R, C#, VB.NET, Python and/or other).
  • Experience with indigenous engagement.
  • Experience with Marine Protected Areas.

Compensation and benefits

We welcome candidates looking for an opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects with a team of highly skilled professionals. We provide a competitive salary, a profit sharing plan based on corporate, team and individual performance, an excellent extended health benefit plan including Medical Service Plan coverage, and three weeks’ vacation and paid time off between Christmas and New Years. Support is provided for professional development and growth within your role.

Apply by January 26, 2018


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