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WSP Canada

Aquatics Biologist

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
12 days ago
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WSP is currently seeking an Intermediate Aquatics Biologist to join our Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Team, located in our Vancouver, BC office. The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to work on interesting and diverse projects across BC, with a wide range of complexity.

A day in the life...
  • Collecting data to answer diverse ecological questions by developing study designs and implementing field programs in freshwater aquatic settings (i.e., environmental monitoring/ management activities, fish and fish habitat assessments, fish salvage, water quality, benthic invertebrates, sediment, wetland vegetation surveys) for various types of projects including power, mines, infrastructure, and oil and gas;
  • Generating specialized technical reports to meet the unique needs of clients. Examples include quantitative fisheries and water quality studies;
  • Preparing environmental assessments and developing strategies to mitigate potential impacts to environmental resources;
  • Writing environmental management and protection plans, environmental effects assessments and effectiveness monitoring plans, and habitat offsetting plans;
  • Collaborating with industry, government, non-government organizations, and First Nations to achieve satisfactory environmental outcomes for development projects;
  • Contributing to proposals and business development activities in procuring project work with our clients;
  • Interacting with clients, staff and regulatory agencies;
  • Promoting health and safety in the workplace;
  • Delivering high quality, well-written reports on time and within budget, drawing upon technical and scientific knowledge, training and experience;
  • Managing small to medium-sized projects, communicating with clients and reporting to senior staff;
  • Working within a team environment and communicating effectively with all levels of staff; and
  • Being involved in field work, travel and other duties as assigned/required.

What you'll bring to WSP...
  • A desire to work in an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace with a positive culture that celebrates innovation and learning;
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Ecological Restoration or other relevant natural resource management related field;
  • 5+ years of experience working as an applied biologist;
  • Specialization in either aquatics or fisheries;
  • Registered (or eligible) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) or BIT (Biologist in Training) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment;
  • Strong commitment to health and safety;
  • Demonstrated ability to write detailed technical reports and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience with environmental assessment, effects monitoring programs, and/or special research studies in applied ecology;
  • Experience in field assessments and data collection requirements for ecological sciences;
  • Willingness to work in the field, occasionally in remote locations and outside standard office hours;
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation;
  • Ability to work independently but also thrive in an atmosphere that requires cooperation and teamwork to provide quality, solution-oriented consulting services;
  • Experience with project management;
  • Electrofishing certification is an asset;
  • Boat operator experience is an asset;
  • Demonstrated field skills and ability to manage complex programs involving substantial ecological data; and
  • A valid Class-5 or higher driver's license.

Expected Salary (all locations): $72 600 - $123 400

WSPCanadais 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.