Professional Biologists for Ad Hoc Contract work

Posted October 5, 2017

Associate Biologist

Origo Environmental is looking for an Associate biologist to work on an Ad Hoc basis. Contracts would be available on a project by project basis, with expectation that the responsibilities of the project (on-going construction monitoring, client support, etc.) are taken on by qualified biologist for the project duration.  For a senior Associate, there may be the opportunity for business development work, and to trying and grow the business (preparing bid documents, etc.).

Our contract Associate positions will likely suit individuals looking for part-time work, and would suit either semi-retired individuals or those wanting to work closer to home. It is aimed at offering a balance of career freedom and lifestyle.

Contract Associates will be independent contractors and will be required to operate as an independent entity for CRA taxation purposes.

We anticipate that Associates will work remotely from their home office, though there may be occasion to meet in our Campbell River office at project startup and conclusion. With this model, we’d expect Associates to use their own vehicles and claim travel allowances.

Our projects are Vancouver Island wide, including Campbell River and North Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley and South Vancouver Island.

  • Bachelor Degree (or higher) in Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management or a related field.
  • Registered as a Professional Biologist (RPBio) in B.C.
  • Minimum of 5 years direct environmental consulting experience, preferably on Vancouver Island.
  • Advanced technical skills in terrestrial and/or aquatic biology, with experience in leading and designing field programs.
  • Construction environmental monitoring experience required.
  • Knowledge and familiarity of construction site erosion and sediment control measures and implementing best management practices (BMPs).
  • Riparian Areas Regulation assessment experience required, and familiarity with filing RAR assessments with the Province. See details below.
  • Good working knowledge of field techniques and regulatory standards required for conducting environmental consulting work (including habitat and population surveys in terrestrial and aquatic habitats, water quality programs, fisheries inventory and salvage, environmental monitoring).
  • Preparing necessary project-specific regulatory approvals, permits and licenses (familiarity with Fisheries Act, Water Sustainability Act, Wildlife Act and Riparian Areas Regulation).
  • Working knowledge of municipal, provincial and federal environmental legislation.
  • Technical writing skills, including reporting and review.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.

Additional Assets

  • Business development experience (scoping and budgeting projects and RFP bid development).
  • Experience in training and supervising junior staff and project management.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has taken steps to amend the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) to ensure that successful completion of a training course is mandatory for all individuals who are eligible to conduct assessments under the RAR

Please call us for more details: 250-900-1245, or send an email to