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WSP Canada

Lead Water Quality and Aquatic Health Scientist

Posted 5 days ago

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Job Description

Flexible on locations across Canada

The Opportunity:

Our team is growing, and we have a new opportunity for a senior leader with ten or more years of experience to work in a multi-disciplinary team that works to solve complex water quality issues for our clients throughout Western Canada. The position is in the Environmental Management team which has one of the largest risk assessment and toxicologist teams in the BC and Yukon with more than 20 staff working in toxicology, risk assessment and environmental monitoring. The role will also connect you with our environmental assessment, permitting water quality and mining colleagues with opportunities for working across multi-disciplinary project teams. You should enjoy being part of a close-knit team and appreciate the benefits that a large organization can bring, including career progression, access to vast technical expertise, having a dedicated mentor, being able to participate in employee resource groups, and more.

Why choose 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:
  • You will be responsible for the implementation of water quality, sediment quality, and aquatic effects monitoring programs for multiple sectors in BC, and resource development projects throughout Western Canada and the North.
  • You are a senior leader excited to coach and develop project teams that would be responsible for program design, data collection, assessment, and reporting.
  • You will provide leadership to projects teams over the entire life cycle of a project and can point to a track-record of success in the technical delivery of complex water quality and environmental effects monitoring projects.
  • You have a strong focus on quality assurance/quality control and can effectively oversee teams during data collection and reporting.
  • You are a critical thinker, solution-orientated and have strong communication skills to convey the scientific work to non-scientific audiences.
  • You can support the client in their regulatory and engagement efforts with Indigenous Groups, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Prepare technical reports as well as guide junior staff in how to prepare technical reports for submission to provincial and federal regulatory authorities.
  • Possess project management, coordination and planning skills to meet client timelines and budget.

What you'll bring to WSP...
  • University education in environmental science, toxicology, or biological sciences, or a related field. A master's degree is preferred, but a bachelor's degree with significant work experience is considered equivalent to a graduate degree.
  • Professional Registration as a Registered Professional Biologist (College of Applied Biology of British Columbia) or eligible for professional registration
  • You have 10 or more years of relevant experience.
  • You have a positive and enthusiastic can-do attitude, and a willingness share your knowledge to lead technical teams and mentor staff.
  • You are self-motivated, willing to be flexible and nimble, and able to think outside the box.
  • You have clear and demonstrated communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and at all levels, including to your team, your clients, stakeholders, and regulators
  • You have an in-depth knowledge of the BC and CCME water quality guidelines, and their derivation, with the ability to apply that knowledge to water quality and sediment assessments.
  • You have a good understanding of the Environmental Assessment process in BC and experience in preparing regulatory submissions and presenting stakeholder information in open forums.
  • You have a clean Driver's Abstract and are willing to travel on occasion.


Expected Salary (all locations): $99,300 to $168,900

WSP Canada is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it will pay for this position based on the successful applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to the specific geographic location.
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 2024-07-12

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