Environmental Specialist

Various Project Sites, Ontario, Canada
Posted: September 15 - 2020

Role Summary

LEA is hiring an Environmental Specialist to join our growing Environmental Team. Successful applicants are motivated, able to work independently and have excellent organizational and communication skills. Have a university degree in Biology/Ecology or related field, with a minimum of (3-5) years of relevant experience. Tasks to be undertaken include completing baseline field surveys to characterize aquatic ecosystems, evaluate fish and fish habitat, inventory botanical species and wildlife, analyze and delineate vegetation communities, assess the potential for Significant Wildlife Habitat (SWH) and completion of specialized surveys for Species at Risk. 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.


Why Join Us?

LEA 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.

  • Our mindset is on the recruitment of like-minded high-performing individuals;
  • We are a medium-sized company with a Strategic Plan for growth and expansion;
  • 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 offer a competitive total compensation package;
  • We prioritize employee mentorship and training opportunities to reach your fullest potential;
  • We have a collaborative work environment with flexible hours;
  • We balance work-life by unwinding with regular social events such as Golf Day, theatre, sporting events, canoeing and bowling to name a few.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities
Integration with Operations:
  • Undertake natural heritage baseline surveys following standard provincial protocols in support of major transportation, land development and infrastructure projects.
  • Coordinate and assist with other environmental disciplines for the execution of environmental assessment studies under various Class EA processes including municipal, provincial, transit/Metrolinx and/or CEAA.
  • Cooperatively coordinate with internal and external technical discipline leads and technical staff, for the execution of technical studies and preparation of documentation that may be required to support the above-noted process and project delivery through the planning, design, construction and operational phases of projects.
  • Engage and coordinate as required with clients, external regulators and stakeholders in the application of environmental permitting and approvals process related to natural heritage systems and Species at Risk.
  • Assistance in the design of aquatic habitat features and restoration plans for mitigation and offsetting purposes.
  • Assessment and analysis of project-related impacts on natural heritage features, development of mitigation measures and strategies, including Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) measures and plans, best management practices (BMP) and contract specific operational constraints and special provisions.
  • Support the preparation of Environmental Management System (EMS) plans, Environmental Protection Plans (EPP) and other plans for transportation, land development and infrastructure projects.
  • Environmental compliance inspections and third-party monitoring during project implementation, and provision of guidance to other LEA compliance inspectors in support of such inspections.
  • Perform other assigned duties as required from time to time.

 Business Development:

  • Assist in the coordination and preparation of proposals and other business development materials, including budgets, work scopes, and form submittals; and,
  • Assist in actively seeking out new business opportunities and maintain good standing with current service partners/providers.


  • University degree in Biology/Ecology or related studies with a minimum of (3-5) years of experience conducting natural heritage studies.
  • Knowledge and understanding 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 the completion of surveys of vascular plants (trees, shrubs, forbs, and graminoids) and vegetation communities, including rare species and Species.
  • Ability to identify birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and fish.
  • Completion of MTO Fisheries Protocol training is an asset.
  • MTO RAQS Environmental qualification is an asset.
  • Completion of Certified Inspector or Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) training is an asset.
  • Certificate and applied knowledge of the Ontario Ecological Land Classification (ELC) system and the Ontario Wetlands Evaluation System (OWES) is an asset.
  • Previous experience with client, stakeholder and regulatory agency liaison is a strong asset.
  • Experience completing environmental compliance and ESC inspection on construction sites is a strong asset; and.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

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