Position: Biologist

Reports to: Manager of Territorial Stewardship

Overall Purpose:

We’re looking for an experienced Professional Biologist to support our growing organization in the conservation and management of natural resources. The position will involve supporting the Shuswap Band and the Secwepemc Nation in Columbia River Treaty negotiations through study initiation, technical support and project management/guidance.

The Biologist will also be responsible for assisting the Director of Territorial Stewardship with the implementation of natural resource management projects and initiatives by providing biological support, project management, administration, training and education to community members.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and are committed to working with our employees to achieve their career goals within our organization. This position will provide exposure to large, multi-facet projects and initiatives which are generally long-term in nature and require both consistency and commitment. This is a unique opportunity for the ideal candidate with ability to steer career changing activities.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate in and prepare for relevant working groups and representative forums.
  • Assist in the development of a 5yr Workplan for the re-introduction of anadromous stocks into the upper-Columbia River/Basin.
  • Under the Salmon LoA; Initiate technical studies as defined by the Salmon LoA priorities.
  • Assist in the development of the Knowledge Synthesis Report for the Columbia River Treaty.
  • Responsible for implementing all phases of projects, from planning to completion.
  • Responsible for coordinating and managing project teams, resources and budgets. 
  • Ensure high quality of project work and on-time and budget delivery of services.
  • Develop work plans, capacity funding proposals and conservation funding grants.
  • Conduct scientific research, assessments and studies, and report on findings.
  • Maintain good communication with clients, sub-consultants, contactors and stakeholders.
  • Assist in building a strong client network and organization reputation for quality services.
  • Organize and document critical information, developments and challenges for projects.
  • Provide timely reports to the Director on project budgets, milestones and deliverables.  


  • Knowledge of provincial and federal environmental processes, regulations and best management practices.
  • Knowledge of life history, biology and habitat requirements of anadromous and freshwater salmonids in BC.
  • Knowledge of fisheries stock assessment and population estimation methodology.
  • Knowledge of wildlife population assessment and estimation methodology.
  • Knowledge of life history, biology and habitat requirements of ungulate species in BC.
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat restoration approaches, requirements and methodology.
  • Knowledge of protected and endangered species populations, including conservation protection and rehabilitation. 
  • Advanced understanding of scientific research approaches, resources and technique.;
  • Experience preparing B.C. regulatory permit applications (e.g. Section 11 Applications, Fish Collection Permits, Wildlife Permits…etc.).
  • Experience preparing Environmental Management Plans for construction projects.
  • Experience as a QEP for environmental monitoring on construction projects.


  • Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous Communities required.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or related discipline required.
  • Registered Professional Biologist designation or equivalent required.
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in biological sciences or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with project management and coordination.
  • Experience supervising environmental technicians in both office and field settings.
  • Experience with project management, budgeting, and related administrative duties.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office, knowledge of statistical software an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including experience delivering presentations, as well as writing scientific reports and funding proposals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team setting.
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing operational needs. 
  • Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Training certificates in related areas are considered assets (e.g. First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, Marine Emergency Duties, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, and Backpack Electro Fishing).
  • Full-time position, salary TBD.
  • Must adhere to the Shuswap Indian Band Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual (Approved April 4, 2018).
  • Must work on-site at the Shuswap Indian Band Territorial Office.

This posting may remain open until the position is filled. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to persons of Aboriginal ancestry as per Section 16 (1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Appointment to this position will require a formal criminal record check, the details of which may preclude an offer of employment being finalized.

CLOSING DATE: June 2, 2020, 4:00pm (Mountain Time)

Submit a resume and cover letter to:
Angela Sarsons, Director of Operations, E-mail:
Shuswap Indian Band, RR#2, 3A – 492 Arrow Road, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K2 Or Fax: 250.341.3683