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WSP Canada

Intermediate to Senior Marine Biologist

Full Time
3 days ago
Why WSP? Our Hybrid Work Policy - a combination of in-person and remote working, enables us to purposefully think of how we work, who we need to work with, and where the work should be done.

WSP is seeking an Intermediate to Senior Marine Biologist to join our BC Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment team on a full-time basis. Location can be flexible across British Columbia. Our team of marine biologists work in Canada and internationally on environmental impact assessments; policy and program development. The successful candidate will be provided the opportunity to work on interesting and diverse projects across BC, with a wide range of complexity.

A day in the life...
  • Providing leadership in health and safety;
  • Contributing to study design for marine and aquatic investigative programs;
  • Developing proposals, work plans, and budgets for marine and aquatic based field programs and desktop studies;
  • Producing high quality technical reports;
  • Managing projects to ensure deliverables meet client expectations for scope, budget, schedule, and quality;
  • Application of biological survey methods, advanced data analysis including statistics, and preparation of technical reports based on current scientific knowledge, baseline data collection, and peer reviewed literature;
  • Preparing permits / regulatory approval applications and representing Golder at technical, regulatory agency and client meetings;
  • Contributing to the coordinated development of business opportunities in the field of marine and aquatic sciences with a focus on marine ecology, fisheries and/or marine mammal sciences;
  • Working across multiple regions and disciplines for the collaborative effort to achieve project goals and objectives;
  • Maintaining a strong rapport with applicable regulatory agencies, technical organizations and relevant subcontractors;
  • Providing mentoring and training to existing junior and intermediate staff.

What you'll bring to WSP...
  • Minimum Master's degree (preferred) or BSc in marine ecology, marine biology, zoology, or equivalent;
  • Seven or more years of relevant work experience, ideally with relevant experience in a professional consulting context;
  • Experience leading teams and providing mentorship and training to junior staff for successful project delivery is desired;
  • Experience in project development, project management, proposal writing, budget development and budget management;
  • Specialized skill set in marine mammal sciences, fisheries biology, and/or marine ecology;
  • Demonstrated experience in study/survey design specific to marine field studies, environmental monitoring programs, abundance surveys, biological inventories and habitat offsetting/compensation programs;
  • Proven skills in technical writing, statistical analysis and interpreting technical documents;
  • Working knowledge of federal and provincial environmental legislation as related to coastal development projects and potential impacts on fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, water quality and shipping;
  • Demonstrated experience preparing regulatory permit applications and authorizations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the environmental assessment process in at least one Canadian jurisdiction and industry-standard EIA methodology used to assess project-related effects on valued marine ecosystem components;
  • Demonstrated ability to delegate tasks to junior and/or intermediate biologists and provide guidance and oversight for the task;
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with clients, senior management, fellow team members, regulatory agencies, local stakeholders, First Nations groups, and the public;
  • Strong commitment to Health and Safety;
  • Eligibility to register as a Professional Biologist (R.P.Bio.) in the Province of British Columbia.


Expected Salary (all locations): $84,200 - $100,123

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.