LEA Consulting Ltd.
April 30, 2019
Guelph, Canada
Job Type


Terrestrial Ecologist

Location: Guelph

About LEA Consulting Ltd.

LEA Consulting Ltd. (LEA), celebrating 65 years, is a reputable, well established employee-owned professional services firm comprised of engineers and planners.  LEA provides consulting services for planning, design, and construction administration of Infrastructure, including Civil, Transportation, Transit, Structures and Infrastructure Systems projects.

Why join us?

  • We are a medium sized employee-owned company with a Strategic Plan for manageable growth and expansion;
  • Our mindset is on recruitment of like-minded high-performing individuals;
  • We are employee-owned: about one-third of our employees are shareholders;
  • We have an entrepreneurial spirit, engaging in stimulating projects with plenty of room for advancement and career growth;
  • We have a work environment with flexible hours;
  • Our Strategic Plan prioritizes employee mentorship and training opportunities to reach your fullest potential;
  • We balance work-life by unwinding with regular social events such as Golf Day, theatre, sporting events, canoeing and bowling to name a few;
  • We offer a competitive total compensation package

Role Summary

LEA Consulting Inc. (LEA) is seeking a Terrestrial Ecologist to join our Environmental Team. Successful applicants must be motivated, able to work independently and have excellent organizational and communication skills. Applicants must also have a university degree in biology/ecology or related field, and a minimum 2-3 years of relevant experience. Tasks to be undertaken include the completing baseline field surveys to inventory botanical species and wildlife, characterizing vegetation communities, assessing potential for Significant Wildlife Habitat (SWH) and completing specialized surveys for Species at Risk (SAR). The successful applicant will also undertake compliance monitoring of environmental mitigation measures on large-scale transportation and infrastructure construction projects. The applicant will be required to work with minimal supervision and travel to various project sites across the province.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct terrestrial ecosystem studies to support a variety of projects and EA studies;
  • Manage and organize the collection, recording, digital filing of field data consistent with LEA Quality Control requirements;
  • Analyze project designs to determine and quantify potential indirect and direct impacts;
  • Assist with design planning by providing recommendations to avoid and/or minimize impacts on identified constraints and sensitivities;
  • Develop mitigation measures and strategies and construction best management practices to minimize impacts;
  • Prepare project related restoration, enhancement and/or compensation designs;
  • Prepare technical reports/documents as required to support the project, specifically to ensure compliance with EA process requirements and to facilitate the obtainment of permits/approvals;
  • Assist in the preparation of regulatory permit/approval application submissions;
  • Correspond with the public, stakeholders and regulatory agencies as required during the project planning phase through to construction;
  • Undertake Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) compliance monitoring during active construction;
  • Liaise as required with other technical team staff and/or sub-consultants; and,
  • Perform other assigned Contract Administration construction inspection duties as required from time to time.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • University degree in biology/ecology or related studies with a minimum of 2-3 years of experience conducting terrestrial ecosystem studies;
  • Knowledge of: Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA), Species at Risk Act (SARA), the Environmental Assessment Act (Ontario), Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), Fisheries Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, and other relevant provincial and federal environmental legislation;
  • Strong field inventory skills related to completion of surveys of vascular plants (trees, shrubs, forbs, and graminoids) and vegetation communities, including rare species and SAR;
  • Ability to identify birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals is a strong asset;
  • Certificate and applied knowledge of the Ontario Ecological Land Classification (ELC) system and the Ontario Wetlands Evaluation System (OWES) an asset;
  • Previous experience with client, stakeholder and regulatory agency liaison considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of tree inventory and tree preservation protocols and planning an asset;
  • Experience completing environmental compliance and ESC inspection on construction sites is an asset; and,
  • Valid Canadian Driver’s License.

We would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. LEA Consulting Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Please contact hr@lea.ca should you require information or assistance.

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