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Biologist - Terrestrial


Kelowna, BC, CA Castlegar, BC, CA

Branch: Electric
Affiliation: Management & Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time Temporary
Salary Min: $42.46
Temp Duration: 2 years

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,400 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions. Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together.

Position Overview


When you're out in nature, not only can you see the mountains, valleys and lush forests that leave the average outdoor enthusiast in awe, you see interconnected ecosystems and the symbiotic relationships between species that create a harmonious, thriving environment. Better yet, you know how to apply your expertise in the regulatory environment, ensuring that large-scale projects meet the necessary environmental protection to safeguard our surrondings. This combined vision is what we need for our Biologist – Terrestrial position.  

Reporting to the Environment Manager, you'll be responsible for providing oversight to our Terrestrial Resource Management Risk Area and managing regulatory risks with terrestrial environments for both our Electric and Gas operations. This role is a two year contract position with the possibility of extension. 


Adhering to the Species at Risk Act and Provincial Wildlife Act is critical for meeting regulatory requirements and our commitment to sustainable practices. Thankfully, you offer the triple threat of in-depth knowledge of terrestrial species, a thorough understanding of how to navigate provincial and federal regulations, and excellent communication skills to bridge the gap with your partners.


We value sustainability in everything we do; from how we serve our customers, our communities and our employees to how our work impacts the environment around us. Every day, we work towards rethinking our energy future, and we want you to join us to achieve this goal.


In this role, you will:


  • Act as the subject matter lead for Terrestrial Resource Management for Electric and Gas projects.
  • Steward the development of appropriate risk controls for Terrestrial Resource risks for Electric and Gas.
  • Work closely with our teams, consultants, community stakeholders, regulatory agencies and Indigenous groups, providing advice on terrestrial issues regarding operations, maintenance, and capital projects.

What it takes:


  • A Biology degree or equivalent education from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum of seven years of related experience working under the Federal Species at Risk Act and Grassland ecosystems.
  • A registered Professional Biology designation in B.C., or the ability to obtain the designation.
  • Sound knowledge of species at risk and other terrestrial ecosystem risks, particularly those in grasslands and desert ecosystems.
  • Experience with both provincial and federal regulations, including experience working with regulators.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in Transmission and Distribution Operations for Electric or Gas.

Additional Information


Please view full job description here.

Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.


The safety of our customers and FortisBC family members is our number one priority. Depending on the responsibilities of the job, some employees work remotely and some in office. To ensure the safety of our employees on our job sites, there is strict adherence to our worksite safety plans and social distancing practices. As an essential service provider, we’ll continue to follow the government COVID-19 guidelines and adjust our plans as necessary. As we welcome new employees, our commitment to safety remains for all of our FortisBC family.


To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information. 

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