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Job Opportunity: Sr. Remote Sensing Scientist

calendar icon September 20, 2017

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. is based in Edmonton, Alberta, and offers a broad range of environmental research, management, and monitoring services to clients throughout western Canada. Our clients include municipal, provincial, and federal governments, ENGOs, universities, forest companies, engineering firms, as well as other environmental consulting firms. Our firm also has a very active research and development program that is currently engaged in developing new and innovative methods for applying remote sensing to a variety of different environmental applications. For more information on Fiera Biological, including a description of our current team of scientists and recent projects, please consult our website at

We are seeking a highly motivated, career-oriented senior geomatics scientist to provide support for a variety of projects, and are looking for self-starting individuals who are interested in excelling both personally and professionally. The successful candidate will be responsible for obtaining and processing a wide variety of remotely sensed imagery and deriving spatial data products including land cover classifications, wetland inventories, and ecosite maps. The successful candidate will be well versed in processing both active and passive remotely sensed data, and deriving data products using sophisticated remote sensing techniques including machine learning, object-based image analysis, and supervised and unsupervised classifications. Furthermore, the successful candidate will be responsible for communicating analysis and results to staff and clients, setting and meeting deadlines, delegating tasks to staff, and ensuring high quality and rigorous work. The ability to acquire knowledge quickly, and communicate that knowledge effectively, is crucial to this position. Creative and innovative approaches to problem solving, and a desire to seek out new and emerging remote sensing methods to address environmental questions and problems will be critical to success in this position. Notably, the successful candidate will be expected to be actively involved in professional development and research and development activities, including engagement and collaboration with academics and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Starting Date: October 23, 2017 (negotiable)

Requirements: This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to join a cutting-edge, dynamic and supportive company. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Relevant postgraduate (MSc or PhD) qualifications in Geomatics, Applied Remote Sensing, Environmental Science, or related field;
  • At least five (5) years of professional experience using remote sensing for environmental applications;
  • Demonstrated experience in the applied use of Environmental Observation data, with expert understanding of remote sensing techniques used to process and derive spatial data from both passive and active sensors;
  • Expert knowledge and experience of relevant image processing/GIS software packages (such as ENVI, ESRI, Sentinel Toolboxes, and other open source software);
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience using state of the art remote sensing techniques including object-based image analysis, machine learning, and data fusion;
  • Experience automating routine tasks and creating custom remote sensing solutions in an appropriate programming language (Such as IDL, Python, or R);
  • Demonstrated expertise in the analysis of terrain information from LiDAR data, including processing LiDAR point cloud data and creating Digital Terrain Models, Digital Surface Models, vegetation height and density models, and terrain derivatives;
  • Proven problem-solving abilities and experience managing complex projects;
  • Demonstrated oral communication and writing skills, and a desire to work collaboratively as a member of a team to produce high-quality work;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience.

Assets:          The following skills/experiences are not required, but may be an asset to the successful candidate:

  • Knowledge and experience of historical image analysis, and deriving spatial data products from large imagery archives;
  • Experience working with big data, data science or data analytics, and advanced machine learning including deep learning;
  • Formal experience working with ArcGIS to analyze and display spatial data and conduct sophisticated geospatial analysis;
  • Knowledge and education in landscape ecology, physical geography, environmental science, geology, or other natural sciences;
  • Previous experience working with Alberta flora and fauna, and experience with, and a desire to, conduct fieldwork.

Please submit a cover letter and resume electronically to the attention of Joseph Litke at info[at]

We appreciate the efforts of all those who respond to this advertisement; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

PDF: Job Posting_2017_RemoteSensing


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Geomatic Applications in Ecology

calendar icon June 23, 2017

Using Drones and Remote Sensing Techniques to make Habitat Management Decisions!

These days it seems everyone and their dog has gone a little bit drone crazy! From wedding photographers and real-estate agents, to land surveyors and engineering firms, just about everyone has a drone and is touting it as evidence of their innovation. Unfortunately, most of the innovation is unrealized because so few have the knowledge and technical ability do anything other than produce pretty pictures. Read more

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Point Count Surveys – birds, birds, birds.

calendar icon April 5, 2017

Birding season is coming!

This week, I heard my first robin of the season. That bubbly, cheery song, like nothing else, tells me that spring is here… and that more birds are on their way! I’m not sure which I’m most excited about. Yes, I’m one of those weird people who loves birds. Not that liking birds is weird, but the thing I look forward to most is conducting bird point count surveys, which involves waking up really, really early. That’s the weird part, I guess. Read more

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Migratory Birds: spring is in the air

calendar icon March 22, 2017

I know it doesn’t feel a lot like spring today but, believe it or not, warming spring sunshine is on its way. Soon we will be waking to the sounds of robins and goldfinches outside our windows, rather than the neighbour’s snowblower! Speaking of robins and goldfinches, did you know that it is illegal in Canada to hurt, possess, or even harass a bird, nest, or nesting territory of a bird protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act? Read more

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Owls – Who gives a hoot?

calendar icon February 4, 2017

It’s owl nesting season folks!

In Alberta, great horned owls can start their mating/nesting as early as January. That’s a pretty crazy time to be thinking about incubating an egg on top of some sticks precariously tangled in the top of a tree, but that’s what these monogamous perching predators are into. Who are we to judge?

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Great Horned Owl Nest. Nesting activity can occur as early as January in Alberta.

Owls on the edge!

When most people think of nests, they think of deep, basket-shaped, feather-lined structures, but the truth for great horned owls can be much different. The platform nests they often prefer leave their eggs and their young exposed to the Alberta elements, that is unless mom is there to keep them incubated and warm. Can you imagine being a nestling, sitting on what amounts to a coffee table mounted on the end of a flagpole while virtually naked, in an Alberta winter windchill?  Given those conditions its easy to see why survival of baby owls can be pretty tenuous. Unattended owlets can easily succumb to the elements, or fall prey to ravens, and a host of other predators. Thats why it’s very important that the parents are not disturbed by human activity during the nesting period.

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Great Horned Owl

Owl nests are protected

In fact, this is so important for all raptors (owls, hawks, eagles, falcons) that the Alberta Wildlife Act protects active raptor nests from any disturbance by people. That means that any land clearing or industrial activity happening in tree stands or woodlots this time of year (January through May) could not only be causing some dangerously chilly and unhappy baby owls, but could also be a violation of the law! Thats why you should call a professional wildlife biologist for advice before doing any land clearing of tree stands or woodlots this time of year.

Give us a hoot!

Where the heck do you find a professional wildlife biologist? Good question, just contact us, and we will put you in touch with a good one!

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Owl bet you can’t pass this quiz about owls!

Test your knowledge of Alberta's owls.

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