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WSP Canada

Senior Social Scientist Vancouver, BC 2022-10-23

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
3 days 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.

WSP Golder has a new opportunity for an Intermediate - Senior Level Social Scientist to join our Environmental Planning & Permitting team on a full-time basis based in Vancouver or Victoria. Our team of social scientists and engagement specialists works in Canada and internationally on environmental impact assessments, policy and program development, social management planning, sustainability initiatives, engagement, social due diligence, and third-party monitoring.

An overview of your role will include:

•Conducts technical work for socio-economic baseline and impact assessments as a component of environmental impact assessments for projects
•Supports or leads completion of socio-economic baseline and impact assessment reports
•Provides technical guidance and manages junior staff in secondary research and primary qualitative and quantitative data collection and field work, including working with Indigenous groups, stakeholders and the public
•Develops socio-economic mitigation and management plans for projects, to meet regulatory and corporate requirements and best practice, with a focus on local content and participation
•Prepares socio-economic study materials for project-related activities (e.g. regulatory, public and Indigenous groups' Information requests, open houses, technical working groups)
•Engages with clients, regulatory agencies, stakeholders and Indigenous groups
•Supports third party due diligence and compliance reviews
•Supports or leads project management
•Business development including proposals and marketing of socio-economic and engagement services
•Maintains existing and develops new client relationships
•Develops and implements health and safety plans
•Supervises and mentors more junior staff with respect to their technical professional development and career growth


•Graduate (preferred) or Undergraduate degree in social science field (e.g. sociology, anthropology, geography, economics)
•Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience
•Experience conducting and leading teams in collection and analysis of primary economic and social data (such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, and workshops)
•Familiar working within provincial and federal impact assessment regulatory frameworks
•Experience working on large projects involving multi-disciplinary teams
•Experience working with, and supporting consultation and engagement with Indigenous groups and public stakeholders
•Demonstrated project management experience
•Strong team player - ability to work with all levels of an organization
•Strong commitment to health and safety
•Excellent work ethic with strong organization and time management skills
•Highly effective verbal and written communication skills
•Ability to travel, valid class 5 driver's license


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 .

WSP Canada Inc.

Vancouver, BC

Senior (> 10 years)

Victoria (Uptown Boulevard), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada/

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