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Senior Biologist
Business Line Environment
ID # 13143
Job Type Permanent - Full Time
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ 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.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We’re among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • 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




Overview of the opportunity:

WSP is seeking a motivated senior Biologist to join our Ecology/EIA team, to be located in our Dartmouth, Moncton or Fredericton office. This role will provide the opportunity to work on challenging multidisciplinary projects in a variety of sectors with a wide range of complexity. A portion of your responsibilities will be demonstrating leadership in market development and staff mentoring.

In this position, your key responsibilities will include some field work, oversight of junior to intermediate personnel in completion of ecological assessments, environmental screening and recommendations, budgeting, cost control, client interaction, business development, and completing proposals. You will be leveraging your consulting background in wetland assessment including soils and vegetation, as well as environmental planning and permitting (municipal, provincial and federal) for various projects in multiple disciplines

This position will require you to be comfortable working with Canadian federal, provincial, and regional legislation and policies relating to aquatic and terrestrial environments, and to rely on your demonstrated experience navigating permitting and authorizations processes relevant to development projects in and around aquatic/terrestrial systems. Experience in the EIA process in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is essential. The role will blend field and office duties and will require some travel within the Maritimes for short duration trips and assignments, and to provide mentorship and training to junior/intermediate personnel

Why Choose WSP?

  • A Canadian success story - a company that grew from humble roots in Quebec to a global, multinational powerhouse with over 48,000 employees worldwide;
  • 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 we were yesterday, for our employees, future employees, and our fellow Canadians, we're open to your ideas and trying new thing;
  • 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.


What you can expect to do here:

  • Manage projects from proposal to final reports, on time and on budget;
  • Design and implement project/study work plans with a focus on terrestrial, avian, wetland and aquatic habitats;
  • Analyze, evaluate and interpret data while providing results within the scope and objective(s) of the specific project;
  • Prepare and/or provide senior review of technical reports, field work plans and associated documents from peers and junior staff;
  • Interact with a range of clients and regulatory agencies;
  • Act as a mentor to junior and intermediate staff, including on-site training and technical resource provisions;
  • Assist in market and business development and department growth through positive interaction with our client base;
  • Working with municipal, provincial and federal legislation related to protection of aquatic environment features and functions;
  • Navigating approval requirements and preparing permitting/authorization submissions for agency approvals;
  • Contribute to environmental assessments, environmental impact studies and monitoring;
  • Assist with vegetation identification, wetland assessments and general wildlife surveys;
  • Provide technical input to engineering teams for design requirements specific to aquatic species and habitats (e.g. bridge or culvert design);
  • Assist with management recommendations regarding programming and client maintenance;
  • Manage numerous complex projects simultaneously with tight and conflicting deadlines.

What you'll bring to WSP:

  • Bachelor's Degree, or preferably Master's Degree in Biology, Ecology, and/or other Environmental Sciences;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience is preferred, consulting experience is an asset;
  • Wildlife identification skills and experience in designing and conducting field surveys; 
  • Knowledge of provincial and federal regulatory requirements in project application and approvals is essential;
  • Commitment to client service and support;
  • Excellent communication and project management skills with a demonstrated ability to write detailed technical reports;
  • Environmental impact assessment and permitting experience is essential;
  • Understanding of application of federal Species at Risk Act and provincial Endangered Species Act;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as within a team environment and under deadlines;
  • Willingness to occasionally work in the field, including remote locations and outside standard office hours.




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.

WSP Canada Inc.


Dartmouth, NS

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