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Sr. Consultant, Water Resources Scientist
Req ID 13186
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Sr. Consultant, Water Resources Scientist


Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 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 and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP's Resilient Environment Business Group is seeking a Sr. Consultant, Water Resources Scientist to help lead our storm water and surface water consulting team in Costa Mesa, CA. Bachelors or Masters Degree in natural or physical sciences or related engineering field is required, with a minimum of 5 years of experience field sampling for water quality / environmental analytes.   The ideal candidate will be excited about the opportunity to maintain and grow our environmental consulting business and possess knowledge and technical skills in storm water management, TMDLs, indicator bacteria, water quality resources, environmental permitting, and municipal, commercial and industrial NPDES compliance. We are looking for a candidate who is excited about the opportunity to mentor staff, promote excellence, and take part our varied field activities.  We are also hard-working team who also finds time to enjoy the best of our local area - don't be surprised if we ask you to join us on a hike for lunch, or to bring your board to hit the beach after work!  

Your Impact

  • Has managed surface water collection monitoring programs.
  • Expertise in California in Stormwater Regulatory Environment.
  • Oversight, QA/QC, and mentoring of junior staff.
  • Coordinate and lead multi-discipline teams.
  • Lead project teams, ensuring that project deliverables are met, as well as adherence to schedule and budget expectations. 
  • Plan, schedule, and coordinate staffing levels needed for projects.
  • Assist with client and project development – track opportunities, identify client needs, assist with proposals and marketing materials where needed.
  • Participate with leadership in developing strategic plan for Southern California.
  • Maintain relationships with key client project managers.
  • Support proposal preparation work and technical work scope development.
  • Market and develop new work to support the continued growth of the practice area.
  • Recruit employees, assign, direct, and evaluate their work.
  • Travel to project(s) as needed for the execution of project goals.
  • Remain current in latest environmental science subject matter and techniques.
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering or Science; advanced degree(s) preferred. 
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years relevant experience. 
  • Proven track record marketing and developing new work.
  • Expertise knowledge of local (southern California) water resource market.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with, mentor and direct engineers, scientists and technicians.
  • Exhibit ability to successfully track and meet budgets and schedules.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to technical reports, preparing environmental impact evaluations, siting reports, and environmental permit applications, including field surveys and reporting, and resource and impact evaluations.
  • Demonstrated experience selling, managing, performing and consulting on projects and programs including a wide range of project sizes. 
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

WSP Benefits: 

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings. 


Expected Salary: $90,000 - $105,000

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.


Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: 20%
  • Job Status: Regular
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: COSTA MESA - HYLAND AVE
  • All locations: US-CA-Costa Mesa

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand.  Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service. 

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