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Barr Engineering Company
4300 MarketPointe Drive, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600

Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-BARR (2277)
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Description of Company

Barr is a consulting company that integrates engineering and environmental expertise to help clients develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources across North America and around the world. We have been employee owned since 1966 and trace our origins to the early 1900s. Today, we have over 800 employees across the U.S and Canada who work with clients in the mining, power, fuels, public, and manufacturing sectors, as well as attorneys, developers, and others with complex problems.

Why Choose Barr?

If you are looking for an employee-owned company that fosters a collaborative environment, focuses on providing exceptional client service, offers the opportunity to work on challenging projects, and makes employee safety a top priority, Barr is the place for you. In addition to a highly competitive benefits package, we offer mentor and coaching programs to help our employees develop and grow their careers, along with opportunities for volunteering and community involvement.


Barr seeks an intermediate-level aquatic biologist to join the staff in its Calgary office and undertake challenging and progressive work on projects related to natural resource assessments and permitting. The person in this position will work with scientists, ecologists, engineers, and others, as well as with regulatory agency staff members and clients. Work may include: planning and conducting fisheries habitat and inventory studies, planning and designing fisheries habitat restoration, developing mitigation and management plans, conducting stream and lake improvement projects, completing environmental assessment and permitting, completing technical reporting, and negotiating with regulatory agencies. Business development, with mentoring if required, will be a part of the aquatic biologist’s role and these activities may include: cultivating a client network and familiarizing prospective clients with the full range of Barr services, evaluating project opportunities, and developing proposals and cost estimates.

While the position is located in Barr’s Calgary, Alberta office, fulfillment of responsibilities will require travel.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in fish or aquatic-related studies
  • At least 5 years of directly related experience conducting and managing aquatic studies
  • Registration with Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, or the ability to be registered within one year
  • Knowledge of and experience with provincial and federal permitting processes related to: environmental assessments, endangered species, and fisheries
  • Experience with and ability to participate in field studies and field data collection efforts; requires travel and conducting work in remote areas
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with project team members and clients
  • A flexible working style and the ability to work independently and with teams of specialists to meet client and project needs
  • Exceptional task management skills, including scheduling, prioritizing, and follow-up
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, Google Earth, etc.)
  • Ability to coordinate with local, provincial, and federal regulators
  • Legal authorization to work in Canada without the need for sponsorship
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship, or eligibility to obtain a TN visa
  • Acceptable driving record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with business development, including proposal preparation and client-facing interactions
  • Ability to work cooperatively with local, provincial, and federal regulators
  • Demonstrated project organization and management/leadership skills
  • Proficiency with GIS tools
  • Additional experience in other areas of environmental practice such as: wildlife assessment, vegetation assessment, wetland assessment, contaminated site investigations and remediation, environmental (air or water quality) permitting, and environmental audits

NOTE: Job assignments may involve work in locations featuring rough terrain, steep slopes, and dense vegetation. The candidate must also have the ability to work on construction and industrial sites, entering and working in facilities with limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of industrial facilities.

Barr Engineering and Environmental Science Canada, Ltd. reserves the right to consider other legitimate, non-discriminatory factors that are not specifically listed.

We require proof of eligibility to work in Canada. 

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Barr is an equal opportunity employer.

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