Intermediate Aquatic Biologist

Aquatic Biologist 

Are you looking for the opportunity to take the next step in your career with a company where you can have a real influence? Legacy Environmental Ltd. (Legacy) has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Aquatic Biologist/ Ecologist to join our growing team in Metro Vancouver or on Vancouver Island. If you have a strong technical background in freshwater or marine ecology as well as experience conducting environmental effects assessments, preparing permit applications and coordinating projects, we may have the perfect role for you.  

As our ideal candidate, you enjoy playing on the winning team, are highly motivated, possess an insatiable strong desire to be considered an expert in your field of interest, and want to work in an environment that acknowledges and rewards high performance. 

Legacy is an employee-owned technical community of industry-leading environmental scientists, engineers, planners and biologists. We deliver environmental services and project management expertise focused on providing strategic guidance to clients across a wide range of regulatory and environmental settings. 

Our Legacy 

“Our Legacy” describes the core values that we work and live by: 

  • Results matter 
  • Working hard doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! 
  • Together is better 
  • Cultivate the best in everyone 
  • Growth is a team sport 

Joining Legacy will give you the opportunity be part of a new and growing environmental consulting firm where you can help create a meaningful culture and shape our trajectory. Other benefits that we offer include: 

  • Opportunities to work directly with (and learn from) senior environmental practitioners. 
  • A management team who values your expertise and contribution. 
  • A personalized career development plan that will be refined as your career progresses. 
  • Ongoing training and development, including external training opportunities. 
  • Interesting projects in marine and freshwater environments in British Columbia. 
  • Flexible work arrangements and a workplace culture that supports balance. 
  • A top of market compensation package. 
  • Future opportunities to purchase shares in Legacy (be an owner!) 

We are interested in hearing from candidates who consider themselves either intermediate or senior Aquatic Biologists (or somewhere in between). We can adapt the responsibilities for the role depending on your interests, expertise, years of experience and our project needs. Generally, we see you performing on the following tasks: 

  • Develop and oversee aquatic (marine or freshwater) baseline and monitoring programs to support permit applications, verify compliance requirements, or monitor effectiveness.  
  • Prepare and manage environmental effects assessments and environmental permit applications. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships related to regulatory activities, including with regulatory agencies, Indigenous Nations and stakeholders. 
  • Manage permit conditions and commitments for compliance tracking and reporting. 
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and budgets. 
  • Provide strategic regulatory and environmental advice to clients related to project design and obtaining environmental approvals. 
  • Develop fish habitat restoration, enhancement and creation plans, designs, and reports, including offsetting plans. 
  • Coordinate or manage projects, including the maintenance of project scopes, schedules and budgets. 
  • Travel as required for various field programs and meetings. 

To be successful in this role, we think that you’ll need the following qualifications, but if you think you would be a great fit for Legacy, please reach out regardless: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or environmental resource management. 
  • Experience in both Canadian and British Columbia regulatory environments. 
  • Possess a proven track record in environmental permitting processes in British Columbia. 
  • Ability to interpret and implement provincial and federal environmental regulatory requirements. 
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks. 
  • Highly motivated and willing to take ownership of tasks. 
  • Enjoy a fast-paced work environment with a focus on high-quality data and deliverables. 
  • Looking for career growth opportunities. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Self-starter, flexible team player. 

Also, please tell us if you have any of the following (or if there’s anything else that you’d like us to know about you and your experience): 

  • A Master’s degree. 
  • Project management experience. 
  • Possess, or are eligible for, a professional designation (e.g., an R.P.Bio.). 
  • Experience working directly with clients, contractors or regulators. 

Please email your resume to – with subject header Aquatic Biologist 

Please note, only short-listed candidates that have submitted resumes to the company email address that meet the core responsibilities/qualifications will be considered. 

PS –  Please let us know if you’d like to speak with one of the Principals from Legacy to discuss how we are different and why our firm might be the best place to take your career to the next level. We welcome the opportunity to meet and learn more about you!