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WSP Canada

Intermediate Coastal Engineer Vancouver, BC 2022-06-01

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
20 hours ago
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 55,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 9,800+ 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 are 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


We are a global leader in the Earth and Environment sector, made stronger with the recent acquisition of Golder. Globally headquartered in Montreal, where it all began, we proudly serve communities from coast to coast and beyond. With Golder now part of our WSP team, we have over 14,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

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 diverse teammates from marine biologists to geophysicists to geotechnical engineers and more.

The Opportunity:

At WSP, we're continuing to grow and develop our expertise in Earth and Environment, operating as a trusted advisor and technical expert on engineering design challenges for our clients across multiple industries. Our team is growing, and as a result we're adding an Intermediate Coastal Engineer to our group. As part of the Ports, Coastal and Surface Water team in British Columbia, you'll be responsible for driving forward our ambitious plans to enhance our Environmental service offering in the province through your work with a close-knit team of engineering specialists, professionals, and technical staff.
As an Intermediate Coastal Engineer, you will be expected to step into a technical specialist role for coastal engineering projects in BC, across Canada and internationally. You will join a growing team based in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and Mississauga that services projects in Oil & Gas, Mining, Transportation, Renewable Energy, and Government sectors.
Why WSP?

•We value and are committed to upholding a culture of Inclusion and Belonging
•Our Flexible Work Policy - we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.
•A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.
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 yesterday - we're open to your ideas and trying new things.
•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.

We offer attractive pay, flexible work options, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.

#WeAre WSP

A day in the life:

• Implementing state-of-the-art coastal engineering methods independently to address problems related to natural coastal hazards (e.g. flooding, erosion and sedimentation), human activity (e.g. spills and dispersion, coastal structures, ship motions, environmental loads on marine structures, dredging and management of dredgeate), and the effects of climate change and variability;
• Supervising and conducting field work involving site visits and data collection in coastal and offshore environments (regional and international travel may be required). This may include the deployment of oceanographic instruments, site reconnaissance, and condition inspection of coastal and harbour structures;
• Conducting coastal engineering calculations and analyses in support of planning and design of coastal protection structures, port and harbour facilities, and for coastal hazard studies;
• Assisting with coordination and management of projects or project related tasks including field work, data analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of marine and coastal processes (e.g. winds, waves, currents, water levels, sediment transport);
• Preparation of technical documents (e.g. reports, drawings, specifications) describing engineering and environmental investigations, results, and analyses;
• Assisting in the preparation of proposals and workplans;
• Engaging and interacting with other members of a multi-disciplinary team You will always ensure health and safety policies are followed at all sites and take WSP's Life Saving rules to heart.

We'd love to hear from you if you have ...

• University degree (preferably Master's or Ph.D. with a specialisation in coastal, port or ocean engineering);
• Registration as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia as a Civil or eligibility of obtaining registration in BC by transferring from another province in Canada - Alternatively, p roven eligibility for Registration in BC as a Professional Engineer within one year;
• 5+ years of work experience - preferably in a consulting environment - in the field of coastal, port or ocean engineering, environmental assessments, coastal engineering design and hazard assessment;
• Working knowledge of meteorology/oceanography fundamentals and coastal geomorphology;
• Proven ability to conduct independent analysis, develop visualisations, and interpret complex physical processes by analyzing geospatial time series data;
• Proven experience in engineering calculations and analyses in support of coastal engineering design;
• Ability to develop and apply numerical models (e.g., Delft3D, DHI MIKE suite, SWAN, XBeach, UNIBEST-CL+, Optimoor, Ansys-AQWA, OrcaFlex, OpenFOAM, FLOW-3D) for the simulation of waves, currents, sediment transport and morphology; change, wave-structure interaction, and moored vessel dynamics in open coast, inlet, and estuarine environments;
• Proficiency in writing programs for data analysis and visualisation using tools such as Matlab, Python, R, Excel-VBA, Fortran 95 will be an asset;
• Knowledge of oceanographic and meteorological instrumentation (experience with surveying, operating boats will be an asset);
• Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and demonstrated teamwork skills.


Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe and the growing list of our clients including vaccination status as part of their mandated health and safety requirements to work with them, you will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to WSP as a condition of employment. You may also be required to undergo additional immunization to maintain a fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 whenever local Public Health Authorities recommend additional immunization.

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 .

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