Environmental Scientist


Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Remote

Full time

Mar 17

About the job

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 jour

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.


A day in the life:

  • As 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 work plans 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 of 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!

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