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Arborist, Ecologist or Field Biologist
Business Line Earth & Environment
ID # 16418
City Toronto
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ 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.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We are among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • 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




WSP is currently seeking a Consulting Arborist / Intermediate Ecologist with a background/specialization in wildlife / terrestrial ecology to join the Ecology & Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team.  This position will be located at our GTA office (Aurora or Thornhill) and reporting to the Ecology Team Lead for Ontario.  We are seeking an individual who is a strong business developer and who is aware of the local market in southern Ontario.  You will also provide oversight of technical staff and information on projects and provide critical thinking and analysis across disciplines to provide effective management of ecological tasks and projects. 

The ideal candidate will be responsible for building and maintain WSPs internal and external client relationships in order to develop Arboricultural and Ecological Services, have extensive knowledge of and experience applying ecological principles and practices across all ecological disciplines and will have a foundation of the following disciplines: wildlife / terrestrial ecology.  They will have a proven track record of business development in the environment sector as well as an understanding of disciplines outside ecology (e.g. planning), and how they are integrated with ecology for effective project delivery (e.g. for EIS, MTO, municipal EAs, etc.).  Experience in managing all aspects of project development and delivery (i.e. proposal through to deliverables, including time and budget management) is required


  • Build and maintain internal and external client relationships in order to develop Arboricultural and Ecological Services;
  • You will manage assignments throughout the life-cycle of the project: client contact and relationship management, proposal submission, agency consultation, the direction of field staff, project reporting, and management of the financial health of the project;
  • You'll guide a group of Arborists/Ecologists, as well as participate in undertaking botanical field investigations, including, but not limited to: tree inventories, detailed botanical inventories, Ecological Land Classification (ELC), targeted SAR surveys (e.g. Butternut Health Assessments) and SAR habitat assessments, wetland and other feature delineations;
  • You will complete and review more junior staff in proposal writing, study design and implementation, background research and analysis, including consultation with government agencies;
  • You will assist with quality control of field data collection, data analysis and management;
  • You will lead report preparation (e.g., Arboricultural reports, environmental assessment documentation, environmental impact studies and ecological monitoring reports), including documentation of existing conditions, identification of ecological sensitivities, potential impacts and recommended mitigation measures;
  • Attend meetings, workshops, etc. as an ecology representative for WSP;
  • Interpretation and critical assessment of policy within project applications (e.g. MBCA, ESA, PPS);
  • Higher-level analysis, problem-solving, and integration and assessment of other disciplines within the context of ecological work;
  • Interpretation and assessment of Species at Risk requirements and implications on projects;
  • Deliver high-quality reports and other project deliverables on time and within budget, drawing upon technical and scientific knowledge, training and experience of self and other ecology staff;
  • Work within a team environment and communicate effectively with all levels of staff;
  • Given the current climate regarding COVID-19, the position will likely be home-based until the office fully re-open. Some travel is required;
  • Overtime may be required to manage deadlines


  • Degree in Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Studies; and/or another similar field, with a strong background in field biology;
  • Experience in developing consulting business;
  • Prior experience (5+ years) in a consulting environment and an interest in growing and building a team;
  • Several years of project management experience, as well as experienced in the collection and analysis of field data, data organization and management;
  • Strong working knowledge of standard field protocols for a range of ecological surveys and previous experience working in ecosystems within Ontario;
  • Knowledge of and experience with interpreting environmental policies and legislation (e.g., the Provincial Policy Statement, Endangered Species Act, Species at Risk Act, official plans, etc.);
  • ISA Arborist Certification and/or Butternut Health Assessment (BHA) certification an asset;
  • To succeed in this position, you must be highly motivated, flexible and a team player committed to providing high-quality service


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.

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WSP Canada Inc.


Toronto, ON

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