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WSP Canada

Senior Vegetation Ecologist Vancouver, BC 2022-10-23

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
7 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.

The Opportunity:

WSP Golder is currently seeking a Senior Vegetation Ecologist to join our Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Team in British Columbia (BC). The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to work on interesting and diverse projects across BC, with a wide range of complexity.

Why WSP Golder?

• 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 Golder 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:

• Assisting in managing projects from proposal stage to final reports as a Senior Vegetation Ecologist;
• Identifying potential environmental constraints in relation to proposed developments (e.g., wetlands and vegetation, species at risk, invasive species);
• Planning and leading field assessments to industry standards and prepare reports for projects within a variety of sectors (e.g., transportation, municipal infrastructure, renewable energy, and oil and gas sector);
• Completing terrestrial ecosystem mapping fieldwork, desktop mapping and reporting;
• Supervising and mentoring junior-intermediate staff on plant identification, and ecosystem classification (including wetland ecosystem classification);
• Analyzing, evaluating and interpreting vegetation data using spatial GIS software and statistical programs;
• Collaborating with other professionals on multidisciplinary projects;
• Interacting with clients, staff and regulatory agencies;
• Preparing, designing, and implementing project/study work plans with a focus on terrestrial, wetland and aquatic ecosystems;
• Guiding through to completion of vegetation and ecosystems baseline surveys and/or assessments;
• Performing background research and analysis, including consultation with government agencies;
• Executing site-specific field data collection for the Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Team throughout BC;
• 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;
• Working within a team environment and communicating effectively with all levels of staff; and
• Being involved in occasional field work, travel and other duties as assigned/required.

What you'll bring to WSP Golder ...

• A desire to work in an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace with a positive culture that celebrates innovation and learning;
• A diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Ecological Restoration or other relevant natural resource management related field;
• 5-10+ years of experience working as an applied vegetation ecologist;
• Specialization in plant identification, and vegetation ecology. Additional consideration may be given to applicants with soil classification and/or wetland classification experience;
• Experience with project management;
• Experience conducting and leading ecological and vegetation field assessments/data collection;
• Experience analyzing and writing environmental baseline survey reports, permit applications and environmental assessments;
• Proficient in photo interpretation to delineate and classify ecosystems in BC;
• Basic GIS skills and understanding (e.g., ArcGIS experience);
• Experience with construction activities and liaising with contractors;
• Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation;
• Registered (or eligible) as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment.
• Demonstrated ability to write detailed technical reports and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues;
• Ability to function in a team environment with representatives from a wide array of disciplines;
• Valid BC driver's License;
• Willingness to occasionally work in the field, in remote locations and outside standard office hours;
• The ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as within a team environment and under deadlines; and
• Additional consideration may be given to applicants with traditional and non-traditional experience with community service, outreach, mentoring, and research training.

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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