Ocean Career: Archipelago Intermediate Biologist

Are you passionate about doing field work? Are you someone who likes a lot of variety in your job? From looking at data, viewing marine imagery, working on a boat, writing reports to walking the shoreline? Does working in different parts of BC (sometimes with the rain falling sideways) make your heartbeat faster? Are you someone that takes a positive approach to all your work?


Archipelago has been around for over 40 years and is at the forefront of marine environmental services. We offer marine environmental consulting services to support sustainable coastal management for clients up and down the west coast of Canada and the United States. We also provide solutions and deploy technology for commercial fishing vessels, at-sea research technicians, and dockside monitors to collect data and report back to our clients. We are pros in managing data and assisting global fisheries to ensure sustainability for generations to come. Our head office sits right on the water in Victoria (Esquimalt), British Columbia and we have offices in Alaska, Oregon, Australia, and in port cities up and down the British Columbia coast.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Marine Environmental Services (MES) Division of the company. This division focuses on nearshore coastal inventory, marine habitat and environmental assessment, environmental monitoring, coastal planning, and sustainable resource management.


  • Provide support to senior members of the MES division, including operational logistics – permit application, stakeholder engagement, and project logistics
  • Work independently to manage projects; develop project scope, budgeting, tasking, deadlines, and lead technical report preparation
  • Liaise with clients and stakeholders
  • Manage and monitor contracts for sub-contractors, consultants, and vendors
  • Conduct business development activities and prepare project proposals
  • Conduct or assist with environmental monitoring activities including environmental monitoring for development and construction, water/sediment sampling, acoustic monitoring, invertebrate and fish sampling, coastal marine biophysical inventory, and habitat characterization and assessment
  • Conduct or assist with nearshore, intertidal, and subtidal field surveys (marine inventories)
  • View satellite/aerial video imagery of shorelines and nearshore environments to record observations to produce ecological inventories and develop databases
  • Collect and analyze underwater video imagery
  • Conduct or assist with desktop (literature review, gap analysis) assignments and preparation of technical reports
  • Assist with map production and various types of GIS analysis for reports and field planning purposes
  • Help to develop shared MES proposal resources including processes, templates, tools, procedures and Health and Safety procedures
  • Implement QA/QC protocols and design procedures for QA/QC
  • Management of junior staff and their assignments (scheduling and delegation, technical provision)


  • B.Sc. in related discipline (Biology, Environmental Science) plus 7+ years, or an M.Sc. in applied biological science plus 5 years working experience including prior work experience in marine environmental consulting including project management.
  • A registered member of the College of Applied Biology (e.g., RBTech or RPBio) or eligible to become registered with the college within six months.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including scientific reporting and technical writing
  • Strong knowledge of Pacific Northwest marine coastal biology and ecology including strong marine fish, invertebrate and algae identification skills.
  • Experience with marine sampling and monitoring techniques (water, sediment, fish, and invertebrates).
  • Experience with spatial analysis (GIS) with ArcMap and/or ArcGIS Online.
  • Database or statistical analysis skills (R, MatLab, JUMP).
  • Experience in the use and maintenance of marine instrumentation (e.g., CTDs, water quality meters, hydrophones).
  • Marine field skills (including small boat handling and GPS navigation). Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP).
  • Demonstrated ability to meet project timelines and professional quality client deliverables.
  • Innovative and can work independently and in a team setting.
  • Strong computer skills (Teams, MS Office 365, SharePoint, Access).
  • Ability to obtain government security clearance through Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). All successful candidates will also need to undergo a criminal record check to work on projects as required by PSPC.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work in remote field locations, work irregular and unpredictable field schedules, and in adverse weather conditions.


  • Experience with marine mammal observing (JNCC), and/or acoustic monitoring of marine construction activities
  • Marine Emergencies Duties (MED A-3) certification
  • WSBC Dive certification
  • Understanding of freshwater fish, and their habitats, in coastal British Columbia
  • Previous experience conducting aquatic field work (fish exclusion and salvage, environmental monitoring, stream classification)
  • Experience with recording and analyzing video for biophysical classification
  • Nearshore terrestrial resource assessment (including bird surveys, mammals, herptiles, and vegetation)


  • Group benefits program (Health and Dental)
  • Health spending account
  • Personal wellness fund
  • RSP matching
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Performance and success sharing plan
  • Part-time remote work options
  • A commitment to sustainability and the environment within all our operations
  • Company funded education and development opportunities
  • Staff deck days
  • Numerous staff events and committees
  • Oceanfront building with proximity to transit, bike paths, and free parking
  • A great office set up with sit-stand desks, work pods, and a sunny deck with oceanside views of the harbor


The position is based on a 37.5-hour work week – Monday to Friday with 3 to 4 weeks paid vacation. Archipelago is focused on getting the job done and not watching the clock, but we use these figures as our guidelines for our team members.

The anticipated salary range for this role is $65,000 to $85,000 based on experience.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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