Our Team

VAST Resource Solutions Inc. (VAST) is a diverse environmental, engineering and forestry consulting company. We are a trusted advisor and regional expert, delivering professional and practical solutions for complex and challenging projects across multiple industries. VAST is a locally owned business based in Cranbrook, British Columbia (BC) and gives back to the communities we serve throughout the beautiful Kootenay regions of BC.

VAST embraces a culture that provides a welcoming and empowering environment for our employees to advance their careers, embrace new challenges, and grow their expertise while working within a collaborative, energetic, and passionate team. Employees are truly valued and respected, allowing for flexibility, creativity and an innovative approach to work/life balance.

The Opportunity

To support VAST’s strategic goals and growth, we are on the lookout for talented individuals that will embrace our close-knit culture and positive, team-oriented working environment.

VAST is looking for an experienced Wildlife Biologist-Ecologist to provide science-based and project management leadership to a diverse array of wildlife, terrestrial and wetland habitat, and vegetation assessment programs and studies.

Your Responsibilities

  • Design, perform and manage a diverse range of wildlife and wildlife habitat studies, including collecting, analyzing, and interpreting biological, chemical, physical, and statistical data.

  • Complete surveys and sampling using various field gear, analytical equipment, and sampling techniques in various aquatic and terrestrial environments.

  • Coordinate, supervise and mentor other biologists and environmental technicians.

  • Prepare and review detailed technical reports for clients, governing bodies and stakeholders.

  • Provide technical leadership in preparing environmental compliance and regulatory documents required for project approval and implementation, such as BC/Federal Environmental Assessment Certificates, Environmentally Sensitive Area Assessments, Environmental Management Plans, permits and licenses.

  • Work with project managers and other senior staff to manage all aspects of project implementation, including proposals, work plans, budgeting, scheduling, reporting, quality management, and day-to-day client liaison.

  • Develop and manage effective relationships with clients, industry, government, Indigenous Nations, other consulting firms, and the communities where we work and live.

  • Participate in business development, client relationship management and QA/QC activities.
  • Contribute to a positive workplace atmosphere, building on VAST’s culture of teamwork, fun, professionalism and cooperation within the office and field environments.

Experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic consulting environment that requires flexibility, adaptive management and teamwork is a definite asset.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • An MSc in wildlife ecology/biology plus five or more years of natural resource sector experience, or a BSc in wildlife ecology/biology plus seven or more years of natural resource sector experience. Previous consulting experience is a definite asset.

  • Registered or eligible for immediate registration as a Professional Biologist (R.P.Bio).

  • Knowledge of legislation, authorizations and permits related to wildlife and habitat management.

  • Expertise in scientific study design and implementation for field data collection.

  • Experience leading environmental effects assessment and monitoring studies.

  • Advanced knowledge of statistical analysis and database software.

  • Experience liaising with regulators, Indigenous Nations, and other key stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills with experience leading and mentoring staff teams.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Detail-oriented, emphasizing quality of work.
  • Committed to health, safety, and wellness.
  • Valid First Aid, Pleasure Craft Operator, Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST-1), Snowmobile Safety and ATV/UTV Safe Operator certifications.

  • Valid Driver’s License.

Our Offering

VAST prides itself on being valued and trusted by our employees, clients, colleagues, and the communities in which we live, work and play. We are focused on capitalizing on our team’s diverse skills and expertise to become the trusted name in resource consulting, with a proven track record of providing exceptional client service, offering practical solutions, and delivering projects on time, in scope and on budget.

VAST provides our employees with:

  • Challenging and rewarding work responsibilities in a collaborative team environment.
  • A friendly atmosphere, including teambuilding and social events to build camaraderie.
  • Professional development, mentoring and career advancement opportunities.
  • Competitive wages: the expected annual wage range for this position is $85,000 to $120,000, depending on education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • A comprehensive employee benefits package including a retirement savings program.

  • An annual bonus/profit-share program.
  • A healthy balance between career and personal commitments.
  • Flexible schedules to align with work demands and personal priorities.
  • A ‘dog-friendly’ workspace, welcoming friendly critters to the office and in the field.
  • Unparalleled access to the great outdoors for work and play.

If you share our values, would like to experience life in the beautiful East Kootenay region of BC, and have the skills and abilities we are seeking, please email your resume and a cover letter clearly stating why VAST is the place for you to: careers@vastresource.com

All responses are confidential and only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. VAST Resource Solutions is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all persons throughout our recruitment, selection and employment processes.

Thank you for your interest in VAST Resource Solutions!