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Terrestrial Biologist


This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted November 20, 2022.

In a world of possibilities, pursue one with endless opportunities. Imagine Next!

When it comes to what you want in your career, if you can imagine it, you can do it at Parsons.  Imagine a career working with intelligent, diverse people sharing a common quest. Imagine a workplace where you can be yourself. Where you can thrive. Where you can find your next, right now. We’ve got what you’re looking for.

Job Description:

Parsons is currently recruiting for an ecologist to support the Ecological Services group based in Ontario. Duties will include field investigations and inventories (e.g., breeding bird and amphibian surveys, three-season floral inventories, Ecological Land Classification assessment, Wetland evaluation, and mapping), impact assessment studies and mitigation plans, during and post-construction monitoring of environmental project components, as well as preparation of technical reports and memos. The successful candidate will be required to work in the field and travel to job sites throughout Ontario.


  • 3+ years of experience working in this or a related field (i.e., consulting or other agency);
  • Post-secondary education in ecology, environmental science, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience in all aspects of environmental monitoring during construction;
  • Experience in the identification of Ontario flora and fauna (trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and/or insects);
  • Experience in identifying and assessing terrestrial ecological impacts from development proposals and preparing environmental impact assessment reports;
  • Knowledge of Ontario environmental legislature and permitting related to the Endangered Species Act, Species at Risk Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act;
  • MTO and infrastructure experience is an asset;
  • Completion of Erosion and Sediment Control Monitoring Training (e.g., Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC), International Erosion Control Association (IECA), Vancouver Island University (VIU), Erosion and Sediment Control Practitioner (ESCP) or Certified Professional of Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC);
  • Certification in Ecological Land Classification an asset;
  • Certification in the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System an asset;
  • Arborist certification (or potential to obtain such) an asset;
  • GIS experience;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Must be able to travel to and from various work.

Parson’s Ecological Services Group works both in support of other internal groups (primarily transportation/highways and stormwater management) and also as an independent unit completing ecological assessments and monitoring duties directly for various clients.

A job with the Ecological Services Group at Parsons may be waiting for you!

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Critical Infrastructure team.

A full-service engineering and construction firm, we work in diverse, collaborative teams, both within the company and with our partners and customers, to plan, design, build, and modernize infrastructure. We take special pride in projects and solutions that improve communities as well as people’s quality of life by promoting economic growth, enhancing mobility, and increasing sustainability and resiliency. Powered by our people, we provide the imagination necessary to support our customers’ visions-and to help them see new possibilities.

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as health, vision, dental, employer paid provincial care premiums, Defined Contribution Pension Plan (DCPP), Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), life insurance, paid time off, sick leave, all province observed holidays off, and gym membership discounts to fit your busy lifestyle!

The position may require a COVID vaccination or an approved accommodation/exemption for a disability/medical condition or religious belief as required by federal, state, provincial or local mandates or customer requirements. 

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

We truly invest and care about our employee’s wellbeing and provide endless growth opportunities as the sky is the limit, so aim for the stars! Imagine next and join the Parsons quest-APPLY TODAY!