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WSP Canada

Principal Environmental Scientist - Water Quality

Full Time
4 days ago
As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources, expertise, and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with colleagues, including toxicologists, biologists, risk assessment specialists, environmental assessment and monitoring specialists, and environmental engineers.

The Opportunity:

You will be a senior leader in a multi-disciplinary team that works to solve complex water quality issues for our clients in various sectors throughout Western Canada. The position is within the Environmental Management team in BC and Yukon, which has more than 20 staff working in toxicology, risk assessment, and environmental monitoring and assessment. As a Senior Environmental Scientist, you would have opportunities to connect with our environmental assessment, permitting, water quality, and mining groups on projects for clients in multiple sectors. Opportunities would be expected to include, but may not limited to, water quality monitoring and permit applications, environmental impact assessments, aquatic effects assessment and monitoring, risk assessments, and specialty toxicology services. In addition to joining an established water and sediment monitoring team within Environmental Management, you will be joining one of the largest risk assessment and toxicologist teams in the BC and Yukon region.

A day in the life:
  • You will be responsible for the design and 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 will 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 for submission to provincial and federal regulatory authorities.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines, as necessary, to complete deliverables.
  • Possess strong project management, coordination and planning skills to meet client timelines and budget.
  • Possess strong client development skills.

What you'll bring to WSP ...
  • University education in environmental science, toxicology, or biological sciences, or a related field. A Masters degree is preferred, but a Bachelors degree with significant work experience is considered equivalent to a graduate degree.
  • Professional Registration as a Registered Professional Biologist or eligible for professional registration
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Ability to provide leadership to teams of scientists over the entire project life cycles and can point to a track-record of success in the technical delivery of water quality and environmental effects monitoring projects.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills as position involves leading technical teams and mentoring staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, including your team, the client, stakeholders, and regulators
  • An in-depth knowledge of the CCME water quality guidelines, and their derivation, with the ability to apply that knowledge to water quality and sediment assessments
  • 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 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 a good understanding of the Environmental Assessment process and experience in preparing regulatory submissions and presenting stakeholder information in open forums.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • And a proven commitment to health and safety.

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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