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WSP Canada

Vegetation Biologist

Posted 3 days ago

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Job Description

WSP is currently seeking a Vegetation Ecologist / Biologist to join our Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Team in Vancouver, Kelowna, or Victoria 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 choose 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

What you can expect to do here:
  • Identifying potential environmental constraints in relation to proposed developments (e.g., wetlands and vegetation, species at risk, invasive species);
  • Planning and conducting field assessments to industry standards and preparing 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;
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting vegetation data using spatial GIS software (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS) and statistical programs (e.g., RStudio);
  • 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;
  • Completing 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 field work, travel, and other duties as assigned/required.

What you'll bring to WSP:
  • 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 another relevant natural resource management-related field;
  • 3+ 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 conducting 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) or BIT (Biologist in Training) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology within six months of employment;
  • Effective time management skills
  • 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 and ability to drive to site;
  • Willingness to work in the field, occasionally in remote locations and outside standard office hours;
  • Critical thinking


Expected Salary (all locations): $62,600 - $106,600

WSP Canada is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it will pay for this position based on the successful applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to the specific geographic location.
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.


  • 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

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

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.

About WSP Canada

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international expertise. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, landscape architects and urban designers, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Environment, Geomatics, Energy, Resources, and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 8,000 talented people across Canada, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come.



Company Size

5001-10,000 employees

Application closing date is 2024-07-14

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