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WSP Canada

Environmental Scientist

Ottawa, ON
Full Time
2 days ago

The Opportunity:

With the recent acquisition of Golder, WSP's Earth & Environment group further strengthened their position as a global leader, with a technical network unrivaled in the industry. WSP and Golder's reputations for technical excellence and client focused service has been developed over decades and remain as strong as ever.

Our team is growing, and as a result WSP's Earth & Environment group is currently seeking an Experienced Environmental Consultant to join our Contaminated Lands team in Ottawa, Ontario . Reporting to the Team Lead, Contaminated Lands - Ottawa Ontario, you will support our ambitious plans to enhance our service offering in the province through your work with a close-knit team of engineering specialists, professionals, and technical staff.

Why join our team?

  • 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 proudly Canadian success story - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, our contributions are woven into the fabric of Canada.
  • Joining our WSP team brings opportunity:
    • We are a well-established global company, with an enviable client list and significant technical resources. As a result of our un-rivaled size and technical expertise, an outstanding variety of career opportunities are available to our staff throughout their careers.
    • Our projects enhance the world around us - you will have an opportunity to make a real difference in your community and beyond. We're open to your ideas and trying new things..
    • You will be joining an experienced team, with a commitment to technical mentoring and professional development. In joining WSP, your career will be filled with opportunities to learn from our experts in a variety of disciplines.
  • You will be part of a phenomenal culture of collaboration, joined by genuinely good people with a passion for making a difference. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.
We offer attractive pay, 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. We offer flexible work options including remote work.


A day in the life:
  • You demonstrate a "Safety-First" focus and act as a positive role model to your colleagues when you:
    • Prepare and adhere to site-specific health and safety plans to mitigate or eliminate risks to you, WSP's clients, employees, and the public;
    • Identify and report potential and existing site hazards, near loss incidents and loss incidents.
  • Our Ottawa clients provide opportunities to work globally, work with emerging contaminants and work on projects small to large. We work for municipal, provincial and federal clients and with industry leads in the contaminated sites business. We are heavily involved with numerous federal clients helping them manage complex sites, specialized contaminants such as PFAS and more.
  • You'll be involved with managing and executing projects primarily related to our Contaminated Lands services, including Phase I ESAs, Phase II ESAs and/or site remediation to support Risk Assessments and Record of Site Conditions (Ontario Regulation 153/04), as well as for general due diligence purposes. With the recent implementation of Ontario Regulation 406/19 (On-Site and Excess Soil Management)

You will be expected to supervise and coach junior colleagues in their daily work, and engage independently with clients and contractors; with the support and direction of the Team Lead and other senior team members.

  • In the office, You will develop work programs, conceptual site models and prepare proposals. You will act as a point of contact for clients, with emphasis on building long-term relationships. You will manage projects from the proposal stage through to delivery and project close-out, including schedule and budget control, client communication and invoicing support.
  • You will have the opportunity to take on senior lead roles to learn and grow with. WSP is committed to excellence, training, mentoring and future ready solutions.
  • You will also be responsible for preparation of project documentation (e.g., health and safety and other planning documentation) and coordination of subcontractors and equipment for field programs.
  • You will also carry out review of data interpretation and reporting deliverables (as prepared by more junior staff), you will carry out record reviews (historical data and regulatory information), assist with data tabulation and interpretation of laboratory reports, report preparation and other office assignments.
  • You will have an opportunity to participate with senior staff in client engagement, business development and long-term business strategies. Formal mentoring is part of our team. You will have access to senior mentors and training to ensure your growth at WSP. In turn, you are expected to mentor junior to intermediate staff, help them grow and contribute to our success.
  • In the field, your work will include, but may not be limited to, supervision and training of more junior staff with their soil logging and sampling, surveying, groundwater and surface water sampling, stream flow measurements, soil vapour sampling and indoor air sampling. You may, on occasion, be called upon to carry out such field tasks on an as needed basis.
  • In keeping with our culture of technical excellence, we expect that you maintain excellent project records and that you perform and record work tasks as requested efficiently and accurately while adhering to current industry standards and regulatory requirements. Strong communication skills (written and verbal) are essential!

We'd love to hear from you if you...
  • Have a bachelor or post-graduate degree in environmental sciences or engineering ;
  • Are eligible to be registered as a "Qualified Person (QP)" with appropriate professional certification (P.Eng., P.Geo) (strong candidates who are not eligible may also be considered);
  • Have at least 5 to 7 years of relevant working experience in the field of environmental site assessment (Phase I ESA, Phase II ESA, Record of Site Conditions), with strong knowledge of relevant regulations (O.Reg. 153/04, O.Reg. 406/19);
  • Have excellent communication skills (verbal, written), strong attention to detail and a passion for health and safety;
  • Are prepared to spend at least part of your time in the field as part of support the development of more junior staff;
  • Have a valid driver's license, and access to a vehicle for light duty projects within the area (reimbursable)