Environmental Scientist – Ecology and EIA


Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Remote

Full time

Jan 11

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.

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.


  • 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. Globally headquartered in Montreal, where it all began, we proudly serve communities from coast to coast and beyond. 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 is currently seeking an Environmental Scientist to join our growing Earth & Environment business in Dartmouth. You will join our Ecology & EIA team and will be integral in providing office and field-based support for our ongoing environmental projects, ranging from stand-alone environmental permitting applications (e.g., watercourse and wetland alterations) to Environmental Assessments for more complex multi-disciplinary projects.

The position involves working in a close-knit team of dedicated professionals and encompasses both field and office-based duties; these will include supporting field-based ecological surveys, coordinating small-scale projects and authoring technical reports.

The position is to be staffed in Dartmouth, with work locations throughout Nova Scotia and other Atlantic provinces.

You'll play a huge part in crafting the future of the Ecology and EIA practice at WSP - come see for yourself what we have to offer!

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 LifeAs an Environmental Scientist, you will assist experienced project managers/leads in the coordination and management of complex environmental impact assessments, permitting and monitoring programs;
  • Independently coordinate small-scale environmental permitting and monitoring projects;
  • Assist with the design and implementation of project workplans with a focus on aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including wetlands;
  • Support aquatic and terrestrial fieldwork programs across the Atlantic region, involving the completion of environmental baseline surveys and/or assessments, for example:
  • Fish and fish habitat surveys
  • Wetland surveys
  • Species at Risk (SAR) surveys
  • Water and sediment sampling and in situ monitoring
  • Benthic invertebrate and fish sampling
  • Terrestrial wildlife and habitat surveys
  • Botanical inventories
  • Avifaunal surveys;
  • Analyze, evaluate and interpret ecological data, contributing to the preparation high quality technical reports, permitting applications, environmental impact assessments and other associated documents;
  • Provide support to other WSP teams (e.g. Infrastructure, Transport and Planning) on ecology-related, project-specific tasks;
  • Participate in, and comply with, company Health and Safety policies and programs;

What you’ll bring to WSP:

  • A university degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, or a related discipline with at least four (4) years of relevant experience conducting ecological studies encompassing wetlands, wildlife, and/or aquatic sciences. Marine ecology-related experience would be an asset;
  • Experience in undertaking ecological field assessments and data collection, including the use of digital apps (e.g. Survey 123, Collector) to collect ecological data in the field;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills with a demonstrated ability to write detailed technical reports and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues;
  • A strong understanding of provincial, and regional legislation and policies related to aquatic and terrestrial environments, including permitting procedures;
  • Specialist ecological knowledge, including species identification (e.g., birds, bats, lichens, plants, fish). Being a certified Wetland Delineator, WESP-AC user and/or in possession of an electrofishing license would be a great asset!
  • Strong awareness of health and safety issues, a safety-conscious attitude, and excellent team-working and communication skills.
  • Must possess a valid Class 5 driver’s license with no restrictions and access to a reliable vehicle, with appropriate registration and insurance.
  • Experience using off-road vehicles (AWDs, ATVs etc.) and boat-handling experience.
  • Willingness to travel, including to remote locations and outside standard office hours, including overnight stays.
  • You want to experience what it’s like to work for the leading environmental consulting firm globally and be part of a growing and thriving team!

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.

Dartmouth, NS

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