Ocean Career: Pacific Salmon Foundation Biologist, Nearshore and Estuary

The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is salmon first, salmon always. We harness the passion and power of people to save and restore Pacific salmon in BC and the Yukon. And, we never go it alone, working with Indigenous partners, streamkeepers, government agencies and fellow ENGO’s, PSF undertakes research, restoration initiatives and leadership in convening all those willing to help recover Pacific salmon. As People for Salmon, we’re here to help ensure sustainable populations of Pacific salmon for generations to come.

Position Overview

The Estuary and Nearshore Biologist will collaborate with other PSF staff and contractors in relation to the AERF funded “Greening the Salish Sea” program being carried out in collaboration with SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, Redd Fish Restoration, West Coast Aquatic, University of Victoria, and Guardians of Our Salish Estuaries.

This program involves development of a “Restoration Hub” of tools, maps, and manuals for nearshore habitat practitioners. The Biologist will be responsible for project delivery, some field studies, scientific writing, organization of project activities, and reporting. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer capable of producing high quality written reports, newsletters, and other outreach materials as needed.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Biologist’s key responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Nearshore and Estuary program biologists on the AERF funded project “Greening the Salish Sea” project, reporting weekly to the Marine Science Program Director;
  • Facilitate the organization and leadership of a Seagrass Symposium;
  • Write a ‘Seagrass State of Knowledge’ document;
  • Contribute to the development and drafting of the State of Knowledge report resulting from the Symposium, which involves conducting literature reviews, summarizing survey findings and research outcomes, designing surveys, conducting Zoom interviews, and collaborating with graphic designers/artists as necessary;
  • Assist with development of other components of the AERF project including estuary report cards;
  • Engage in fieldwork to verify the presence of seagrass for habitat suitability mapping in estuaries;
  • Collaborate with the Strait of Georgia Data Centre, PSF comms and other PSF departments where required;
    • Represent the MSP Nearshore and Estuary program at conferences, workshops and meetings with shoreline practitioners;
    • Keep up to date on relevant activities outside of PSF and report to the Nearshore and Estuary team;
    • Lead the production of new newsletters, outreach materials, and videos pertaining to the project;
    • Bi-weekly meetings with the Nearshore and Estuary team;
    • Provide biweekly reports on progress to the program Director and other key team members;
    • Other duties as required.


  • A BSc in Biology, Oceanography, Environmental Studies, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. MSc an asset.
  • Minimum 2+ years’ work experience in fisheries science including fieldwork in freshwater or marine environments.
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills with examples of previous work samples.
  • Strong verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • An ability to communicate to a wide variety of audiences in several different mediums.
  • The ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to work independently and within a team environment and to demonstrate a high degree of initiative.
  • The ability to exercise tact, discretion, diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Salmon biology and assessment, an asset.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2024

Compensation: $65,000.00 - $73,000.00 per year

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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