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WSP Canada

Intermediate/Senior Water Quality Scientist

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Job Description

The Opportunity:

We are looking for an Intermediate to Senior Water Quality Scientist / Engineer to join our team. You will be part of the dynamic multi-disciplinary Water Quality assessment team in western Canada, bringing your talent and expertise to support our diverse clients with their permitting and monitoring needs. The position is based in western Canada, with the option of you sitting in one of our Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver offices.

Our team is the largest in North America with over 30 Water Quality Scientists with a wide range of expertise practicing in the areas of assessment and modelling. We work on fast paced, and multi-component projects with clients in the metal mining, municipal, and oil and gas sectors. These projects involve the evaluation of discharge to aquatic environments, water and sediment quality assessments, environmental effects monitoring, and baseline data collection and analysis. Within our team, we foster a collaborative learning environment with opportunities for senior and peer mentorship, career growth, and technical and soft skills development. You will also have opportunities to provide input on a wide range of water quality projects that would benefit from your chemistry, biology, risk assessment, toxicology, or related expertise.

Why WSP?
  • We value and are committed to upholding a culture of Inclusion and Belonging
  • Our Flexible Work Policy - we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.
  • A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.
  • Enhance the world around you - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, WSP is the fabric of Canada.
  • Outstanding career opportunities - we're growing and pushing ourselves every day to be greater than yesterday - we're open to your ideas and trying new things.
  • A phenomenal collaborative culture and a workforce filled with genuinely good people who are doing humbly important work. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.

We offer attractive pay, flexible work options, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.


What you can expect to do here:
  • Work on projects for various industries with a focus on mining and natural resources sectors.
  • Project work will take you from Northwest Territories to BC/Alberta, and beyond, and you will be working on some of the largest mine closure, exploration, and active mining projects in Canada for the federal government as well as corporations.
  • Your exposure to some of the top leaders in this field will be unmatched and you will have a career path that can expose you to some of the most exciting opportunities that you'll find in any consulting environment.
  • You will be designing, planning, and overseeing field programs, including baseline and operations monitoring, aquatic effects monitoring, and construction monitoring.
  • You will be managing and analyzing large datasets, interpreting measured and modelled data, and providing quality control for data collection, management, and analysis.
  • You will apply your in-depth knowledge of water quality related protocols, standards, guidelines, regulations, licensing and permitting requirements.
  • You will be supervising, training, and mentoring junior staff to develop their skill sets including technical skills, project experience, and general consulting and decision-making skills.
  • You will plan and author, with support from junior staff, technical reports, memorandums, responses to information requests from regulators, and other technical and communication deliverables.
  • You will prepare presentations for internal teams, clients, and regulators and may be asked to participate in meetings and present to clients.
  • You will be using various tools and models to evaluate potential effects on water quality.
  • You will be responsible for preparing proposals, as well as managing and controlling projects.
  • You will be collaborating on project work with other technical teams across the company, including aquatic biologists, toxicologists, geochemists, hydrogeologists, and hydrologists to support applications for environmental permits, water licences, and approvals from regulatory agencies.
  • You will provide technical support to clients for regulatory liaison and engagement with Indigenous Groups, stakeholders, and the public.
  • You will be networking within the water quality and other technical teams, developing project teams, and interacting with clients.
  • You will be collaborating with a caring team and will have a mentor assigned to you that will be fully committed to provide career advice and guidance on a regular basis and support your career growth and development.

What you'll bring to WSP ...
  • University or equivalent education in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources or similar
  • Knowledge of environmental assessment processes and permitting requirements
  • 6-9 years of relevant experience in water quality
  • A passion for working in a fast-paced, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team environment, with strong interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities
  • A strong focus on quality assurance/quality control and effectively oversee teams during data collection and reporting.
  • Effective mentorship and delegation skills for junior staff, ability to work independently with minimal direction, and a willingness to receive constructive feedback from team members
  • Experience in designing and supervising water quality, sediment quality, and aquatic field programs
  • An in-depth knowledge of Canadian and provincial water quality guidelines, and their derivation, with the ability to apply that knowledge to water quality and sediment assessments
  • Great data evaluation skills, including statistical techniques, and a keen understanding of data quality requirements for large datasets
  • Excellent report writing skills with the ability to integrate multi-disciplinary information to support permitting objectives
  • A valid drivers licence
  • An approach that embraces diversity and inclusion with a strong sense of ethics in your day-to-day work and approach to environmental management
  • A proven commitment to health and safety
  • Working knowledge of tools for analyzing or visualizing data, such as R or Power BI, is considered an asset

Professional Registration as a Professional Biologist or Professional Chemist, or eligibility for professional registration is considered an asset
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.


  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY.

About WSP Canada

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international expertise. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, landscape architects and urban designers, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Environment, Geomatics, Energy, Resources, and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 8,000 talented people across Canada, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come.



Company Size

5001-10,000 employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-12

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