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Project Scientist - Intermediate

Primary Location: Calgary (1212 - 58 Avenue SE)
Secondary Location: Edmonton (10909 Jasper Avenue)
eQuest Job Type: Regular With Benefits
Reference #: 5548
# of Openings: 1

Description

WSP is one of the world's leading professional engineering services firms. Every day our more than 34,000 experts work to restore the natural environment and transform the built environment.

In Canada, our 8000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport 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 a Forbes Top Employer in Canada, 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’re proud, professional and passionate people. Join us.

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

WSP is looking for a motivated Professional Agrologist (P. Ag.) or Professional Biologist (P.Biol.) to work with the Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Team to support and provide advice for ongoing and new transportation, municipal and natural sciences projects. The position is to be staffed in Calgary or Edmonton, with work locations throughout Alberta. This is a new role and leadership in market development and staff mentoring will be a portion of the responsibilities.

Key responsibilities will include some field work, and oversight of junior to intermediate personnel in completion of wetland assessments, environmental screening and recommendations, budgeting, cost control, client interaction, business development, and assisting with and completing proposals. The ideal candidate will have a background in wetland and biophysical assessment including soils and vegetation, as well as environmental planning and permitting for various projects in multiple disciplines. The candidate will have 5 to 10 years’ experience. The role will potentially blend field and office duties and may require travel within Alberta for short duration trips and assignments, and to provide mentorship and training to junior personnel. Proven problem solving and interpersonal skills will be a crucial asset.

This is a key assignment for the right individual, to provide support and growth of our natural sciences group in Alberta. Experience in the EIA process in Alberta or BC would be an asset. 


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 clients and regulatory agencies;
  • Act as a mentor to junior staff, including on-site training and technical resource provisions;
  • Assist in market development and department growth through positive interaction with our client base;
  • Provide technical and professional resources to WSP groups on issues associated with biological sciences at a project and/or managerial level;
  • Assist with management recommendations regarding programming and client maintenance;
  • Other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • M. Sc. or B. Sc. in Biology, Environmental Sciences or Agriculture, or equivalent field of study pertinent to the biological systems within Alberta and recognized by the ASPB and the AIA;
  • Be a registered Professional Biologist or Professional Agrologist in Alberta. Registration with the Province as a QWESP is an asset;
  • 5 years of the accumulated experience should be in consulting, with experience conducting/managing biological studies and field staff coordination;
  • Knowledge of provincial and federal regulatory requirements in project application and approvals;
  • Excellent communication and management skills with a demonstrated ability to write detailed technical reports;
  • Possess a valid Alberta driver's license (min Class 5 with GDL removed);
  • Proficient with MS Office and ARC GIS is desired;
  • Familiar with construction practices and significant field experience with civil, transportation, planning, and/or infrastructure projects;
  • Proficiency in English at a technical and business level is a requirement;
  • Able to maintain / coordinate concurrent operations at several locations;
  • Demonstrable permitting and approval experience;
  • Completion of applications and reporting for licensing for various studies;
  • Proven field work in at least two of terrestrial, avian, aquatic and wetland assessment with exposure in others;
  • Operation / maintenance of equipment (nets, traps, electro-fishing, sampling systems, call recording equipment and potential tagging);
  • Identification experience for wildlife species and vegetation associated with Riparian zones is an asset;
  • Ability to organize and direct site operations;
  • Liaison with regulatory, contractors and construction staff;
  • Previous field experience with sampling and monitoring at active construction sites;
  • Ability to function in a team environment with representatives from a wide array of disciplines;
  • Experience in direct supervision and mentorship of junior to intermediate staff is an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in client management and business growth.

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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).

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To learn more about our firm and the projects we have been involved in, please visit our World of Possibilities website listed below.

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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