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WSP Canada

Lead Ecologist

Edmonton, AB
Full Time
6 days ago
Why WSP? 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. WSP is currently seeking a Project Scientist - Senior Vegetation Ecologist with wetland and vegetation experience to join our Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Team in Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta. Reporting to the Group Manager, the successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to work on challenging and diverse projects across Alberta and western Canada with a wide range of complexity.

A day in the life...
  • Provide senior guidance to clients for a variety of sectors and projects in western Canada regarding regulatory concerns or best management practices for vegetation and wetlands;
  • Identification of potential environmental constraints in relation to proposed developments (e.g. wetlands and vegetation, listed species, non-native species);
  • Supervise and guide junior or intermediate staff completing field assessments to ensure industry standards are met and support training of junior or intermediate field staff;
  • Prepare reports and/or senior review reports for projects within a variety of sectors (i.e., oil and gas, transportation, municipal infrastructure, renewable energy, and oil and gas sector);
  • Analyze, evaluate and interpret data while providing results within the scope and objective(s) of a specific project;
  • Develop and contribute to project proposals and budgets;
  • Provide business development support along with project managers, and project directors;
  • Mentor and guide junior or intermediate staff along WSP's Career Development Program;
  • Contribute to WSP's biological sciences senior leader's group;
  • Interact with clients, staff and regulatory agencies; and
  • Implement corporate and client safety programs.

What you'll bring to WSP...
  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in botany, biology, ecology, environmental sciences or related field with a background or experience in vegetation and wetlands;
  • 10+ years plant identification skills, ideally for prairie, wetland and boreal landscapes;
  • 10+ years of experience working in a consulting firm in an Ecologist (vegetation or wetlands) role or equivalent;
  • Previous experience in a senior role providing mentorship and guidance to junior or intermediate employees, and clients;
  • Experience conducting wetland mapping and classification is a requirement;
  • Experience in completing or reviewing impact assessments, wetland permitting reports, and other vegetation and wetlands reports;
  • Detailed knowledge of provincial and federal regulatory requirements for vegetation and wetlands;
  • Proficiency in imagery interpretation to delineate and classify wetlands and other vegetation types in western Canada;
  • Strong understanding of regulatory legislation, guidelines and regulations;
  • Basic GIS skills and understanding;
  • Experience working on multidisciplinary projects;
  • Registration with a professional association (e.g. P.Biol, P.Ag. R.T.Biol.) within Alberta is required;
  • Strong, demonstrated technical written and oral communication skills are a requirement;
  • The desire to succeed in a dynamic, progressive organization.

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.

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