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Senior Ecologist

Reference #: 6642
City: Ottawa
Region: Ontario
Secondary Location:
Job Type: Permanent - Full Time
Business Line: Environment



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.



WSP is currently seeking a Senior Ecologist / Project Manager with a background / specialization in wildlife / terrestrial ecology to join the Environment team, located at our Ottawa office and reporting to the Environment Manager, Ottawa.  We are seeking a senior-level ecologist / project manager who can provide oversight of technical staff and information on projects, and provide critical thinking and analysis across disciplines to provide effective management of ecological tasks and projects. 

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of and experience applying ecological principles and practices across all ecological disciplines and will have a foundation in Wildlife / Terrestrial ecology.  They will have a proven track record of and understanding of disciplines outside ecology (e.g. hydrology, planning), and how they are integrated with ecology for effective project delivery (e.g. for EIS, MTO, municipal EAs, etc.).  Experience in managing all aspects of project development and delivery (i.e. proposal through to deliverables, including time and budget management) is required. 


  • Manage projects of various scales including schedule, budget, client interactions, agency liaison, etc;
  • Attend meetings, workshops, etc. as the ecology representative for WSP;
  • Interpretation and critical assessment of policy within project applications (e.g. MBCA, ESA, PPS)
  • Higher-level analysis, problem solving, and integration and assessment of other disciplines within the context of ecological work;
  • Interpretation and assessment of Species at Risk requirements and implications on projects;
  • Proposal preparation, study design and implementation;
  • Deliver high quality reports and other project deliverables on time and within budget, drawing upon technical and scientific knowledge, training and experience of self and other ecology staff;
  • Work within a team environment and communicate effectively with all levels of staff;
  • Some travel is required;
  • Overtime may be required to manage deadlines.


  • Degree in Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Studies;
  • Experience conducting wildlife and botanical field investigations (e.g. ELC, inventories, SAR screening surveys) and up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, policy documents and practices;
  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience, or comparable and proven skill set;
  • Highly motivated individual with experience as a senior ecologist / project manager in an ecological field;
  • Demonstrated ability to critically review, assess and apply ecological guidance documents, policy and legislation within a variety of project settings;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing ecological disciplines (aquatic, botany, wildlife) to meet project targets – budget, schedule and high quality project deliverables;
  • Ability to identify and implement practices and tools to increase efficiency for standard tasks;
  • Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, time management skills, and be fluent in use of standard Microsoft Office software;
  • Experience with a Earned Value Management tools for project management considered an asset;
  • Experience coordinating ecology tasks for MTO projects considered an asset;
  • Experience and knowledge in areas of Road Ecology, mammal ecology (particularly large mammals) and landscape-level ecology are considered significant assets to this role;
  • Bilingualism (English and French) is considered an asset;
  • To succeed in this position you must be highly motivated, flexible and a team player committed to providing high quality service.


 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).


 To learn more about this position, our firm and the projects we have been involved in, or to apply to this position, please visit our website: 

 WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

 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.

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