Senior Land Development Ecologist

Job Locations CA-ON-North York | CA-ON-Kitchener | CA-ON-Guelph | CA-ON-Oakville | CA-ON-Hamilton | CA-ON-London | CA-ON-Toronto
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# of Openings
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Business Group
Counterpoint Engineering Inc


Are you someone with strong leadership and technical capabilities?  Do you enjoy building relationships and working collaboratively in a team environment with both internal and external stakeholders? Are you a thought leader, a trusted advisor and a problem solver? If you enjoy entrepreneurship and innovation, this opportunity is for you! As someone with excellent communication skills and business acumen, you will thrive in our fast-paced and agile environment.


Your opportunity  

Dillon’s Land Development Business Unit is looking for a  Senior Land Development Ecologist to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals. You will have the opportunity to work on new and exciting projects while providing clients with a fully integrated and superior customer experience. 


At Dillon, we operate as one team. The successful candidate can be based at any one of our following offices: Toronto, Kitchener, Guelph, Oakville, Hamilton, London.


We offer flexible work hours and hybrid work arrangement options to help balance the competing demands of work and personal life.


What your day will look like

  • Lead, manage and coordinate programs, projects, and technical studies related to the natural environment component of various land development projects.
  • Lead and provide senior guidance and review for the development of Environmental Impact Assessments/Studies (EIA/EIS/NHE/NHIS), Environmental Implementation Reports (EIR), Subwatershed Studies,
  • Master Environmental and Servicing Plans (MESP), compensation/offsetting plans, and related environmental permitting assignments at the provincial and federal levels.
  • Scope, plan, develop, and implement field programs for land development projects.
  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary projects and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders/consultants.
  • Prepare, review, and present reports and proposals.
  • Direct and provide instruction to project team members, including natural scientists, technologists, and technical support staff.
  • Drive business development by identifying market opportunities, communicating with clients, preparing proposals, and participating in conferences and professional associations.
  • Contribute to the learning and development of junior staff, providing technical guidance, training recommendations, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Actively participate in professional associations and committees to enhance Dillon's corporate profile.

Learning & Development 

  • Commit to self-development and ongoing learning and professional development
  • Input to the career development of junior staff, including technical direction, training recommendations, coaching and mentoring
  • Contribute to Dillon’s corporate profile through active participation in professional associations and committees


  • Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or a related environmental sciences field.
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in environmental consulting as an environmental professional in delivering the natural heritage component of land development projects/applications.
  • Proven professional work experience in leading environmental consulting projects, including project management for land development clients.


  • In-depth knowledge of provincial and federal environmental legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines, and regulatory permitting and approval requirements for land development applications.
  • Training and certification in Ecological Land Classification, Ontario Wetland Evaluation System, and/or Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol would be an asset.
  • Experience leading and providing senior guidance and review in preparing regulatory applications, Environmental Impact Assessments/Studies (EIA/EIS/NHE/NHIS), Environmental Implementation Reports (EIR), Subwatershed Studies, Master Environmental and Servicing Plans (MESP) , and executing field programs.
  • Strong project management and client relationship skills.
  • Experience preparing for the Ontario Land Tribunal/Ontario Municipal Board (OLT/OMB) and being an expert witness would be an asset.
  • Experience engaging and/or working with stakeholders and communities, including Indigenous communities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, critical thinking, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and agile environment.



Show us who you are!

  • Enthusiastic individual who enjoys a team filled with diverse personalities and experiences
  • Self-starter, with insatiable appetite for personal growth and development
  • Recognizes their own abilities and limitations and is not afraid to ask questions, learn from their mistakes and share in team successes
  • Must have an open attitude towards our teams’ love of donut Wednesdays, Nerf Fridays and spontaneous team outings

Why choose Dillon

Dillon is powered by people who are technically proficient, passionate about socially important projects, and motivated to deliver superior, tangible results. We strive to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, and are empowered to continually grow and develop.


We live our core values:

  • Reliability: words that result in actions build trust;
  • Achievement: do the work to hit the target;
  • Continuous development: always learning; always adapting; always growing;
  • Creativity: discover new possibilities;
  • Courage: do the things that matter, especially when it’s hard;
  • Inclusiveness: enabling belonging to draw strength from our differences

In addition, we offer:

  • Employee share purchase plan
    • Dillon is 100% employee owned and share ownership is open to all full-time regular employees
  • A competitive compensation package
    • Comprehensive health benefits
    • Generous retirement savings plan
    • Student loan repayment assistance with matching employer contributions
  • Flexible work hours 
    • Dillon values its staff and the contributions that are made each day and understands that work arrangements can differ based on personal needs and business needs.  We are taking a trust-based approach to offer a variety of flexible work options to help balance the competing demands of work and personal life.
  • Early Career Development (ECD) program
    • We are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of our people at every stage of their career. The ECD program is designed to accelerate the development of successful consulting careers of new graduates. The program focuses on a mix of skills and behaviours that align with technical, consulting, clients, business acumen, and early leadership.
  • Learning and Development opportunities
    • As a knowledge-based business, the organic growth of our knowledge and skills occur through our work performance and roles. The creation and sharing of knowledge allows us to take local knowledge to scale, capture lessons learned through experience, and continuously improve service delivery. The development of self and others is an evident and measured core behaviour within our organization
    • We use a composite approach to development including coaching to build the how, mentoring to share lessons, advising to round out perspectives, and co-creation of knowledge through internal learning opportunities
  • Focus on Innovation
    • The ability to anticipate, examine, and adopt new and innovative solutions is a crucial driver for the continual and progressive advancement of our business performance. In our culture, people are empowered to reflect and question current practices and seek forward looking solutions to today’s problems and tomorrow’s opportunities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
    • A variety of EFAP tools and online resources to support well-being are available to all employees
  • Wellness Subsidy
    • Our employees can take advantage of wellness subsidy that can be put towards expenses for a variety of health and/or wellness related activities such as gym membership, purchase of home fitness equipment, yoga classes  and dance classes

About Dillon

Dillon is a proudly Canadian, employee-owned, professional consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, environmental science and management. We partner with clients to provide committed, collaborative, and inventive solutions to complex, multi-faceted projects. With over 20 offices and more than 1000 employees across Canada, Dillon offers a wide range of services related to building and improving facilities and infrastructure, protecting the environment, and developing communities.


Now operating for over 75 years, we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do. Dillon has been listed as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past 16 years and has the distinction of having achieved Platinum Club member status in this program.


Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Dillon

Dillon is committed to the principles of employment equity, inclusiveness, and diversity within our organization. We strive to achieve a workplace where opportunities are based on skills and abilities and that respects and values differences. 


Inclusion is more than a word to us, it is the way we choose to run our business. Please connect with us if you require accommodation in the interview process. We would love to hear from you!






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