Job Opportunity: Terrain Scientist, Palmer

Terrain Scientist at Palmer (Hybrid, Remote, Vancouver)



Hybrid, Remote, Vancouver


Palmer are looking for a Terrain Scientist to join their Surficial Geology team. The applicant will support Palmer’s diverse geomorphology, hydrogeological, ecological, and geotechnical teams on a variety of projects that require skills and experience in terrain (surficial geology) analysis based at least in part on the interpretation of aerial photography and other remotely sensed data.

What do they offer at Palmer?

Palmer is a privately owned firm with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Bracebridge, and Whitehorse, servicing clients throughout Canada. Palmer was founded in 2010 to provide project direction and technical scientific services to support the environmental assessment and permitting process associated with mining, energy, municipal infrastructure, and land development projects. Palmer is an innovative and vibrant company that has assembled a versatile team of dedicated staff. Their geomorphology team is proud to offer terrain analysis (surficial geology) and related services for one of the most diverse ranges of project applications in Canada, including mineral exploration, geohazards inventory and assessment, permafrost mapping and characterization, archaeological studies, and ecological mapping and modelling.

About Palmer:

They understand the importance of flexibility, autonomy, work-life balance and job satisfaction. To support their goals and the career development of their staff, Palmer offers:

  • A flexible work environment with the ability to work from home, the office or both
  • A competitive compensation package including comprehensive health care, dental care, vision care, and employee assistance programs
  • The opportunity to participate in an employer sponsored Group RRSP
  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • A young, dynamic and energetic work environment
  • A commitment to workplace diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, and the recognition of the benefits of different perspectives
  • Ample opportunities for career advancement within Palmer


  • Background literature review of surficial and bedrock geological settings to support terrain inventory, geohazard, and mineral exploration projects
  • Complete preliminary terrain, geohazard or surficial geology mapping based on the interpretation of stereo-aerial photography, satellite imagery and/or topographic data
  • Participate in field programs in diverse and commonly remote settings
  • Contribute to technical reports
  • Support cross-discipline project work

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific or engineering discipline (e.g., physical geography, geology, geomorphology, earth sciences, geological engineering)
  • Experience in terrain analysis and mapping based on interpretation of stereo-aerial photography
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality work within project timelines

Preferred skills/Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years of experience in aerial photography interpretation.
  • Experience with federal and provincial/territorial surficial mapping protocols in Canada
  • Proficiency with GIS and softcopy photo-interpretation software (e.g. ArcGIS; DAT/EM Summit), fieldwork experience
  • Consulting or industry experience
  • Membership, or eligibility for future membership, with Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) or Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO)

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. (SLR), Palmer Environmental Consulting Group Inc. (Palmer) is part of a global consultancy firm providing environmental and advisory solutions to clients, with a team of over 3,000 talented professionals delivering advice and support in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Palmer’s expertise builds on SLR’s existing environmental capabilities, creating one of the largest environmental teams in Canada. Palmer and SLR recognize the synergies in services related to fisheries, aquatic, and terrestrial ecology, hydrogeology, water resources, geology and geomorphology and continue to further expand and diversify the range of services and technical depth in Ontario and British Columbia.