Summer Student – Biologist – Regina
City : Regina, SK
Category : Z-WSP E&I Canada Ltd.
Industry : Engineering
Employer : WSP
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms – made stronger with the recent creation of WSP E&I Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WSP Canada Inc.
We have over 63,000 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. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.
WSP E&I has a seasonal opportunity for a Summer Student Biologist for various project work in Saskatchewan from May through August 2023. The successful candidate should expect to spend time in the field, including work in remote areas.
Based in Regina, the successful candidate will join our team of Biologists and Environmental Technicians working on a broad range of resource development projects in western Canada.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
A day in the life:
Working in support of the Environment and Regulatory Team under the supervision of the Discipline Lead, you’ll:
- Complete biological surveys, including but not limited to surveys for grassland birds, boreal birds, sharp-tailed grouse leks, burrowing owl, short-eared owl, common nighthawk, amphibians (auditory and visual), snake hibernacula, bats, rare vascular plants, weeds, etc.
- Conduct pre-construction bird nesting surveys (i.e., passive nest sweeps) within construction areas
- Collect data and undertake data entry
- Conduct desktop environmental screenings
- Collect relevant information in support of applications and submissions to regulatory agencies
- Gain exposure to report preparation, including:
- documenting existing conditions,
- identifying ecological sensitivities, and
- discussing potential project impacts
What you'll bring to WSP ...
- Current enrolment in an accredited University Degree or Diploma Program in Biology or related relevant environmental discipline
- Strong commitment to safety
- Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Flexibility to work a variety of schedules (days/nights)
- Ability to go to the field (or specific site) for up to 10 days at a time
- Unrestricted Class 5 driver’s license valid for use in Saskatchewan and a good driving record (driving abstract required)
- Participate in drug screening for site access if needed
- Strong communication and report writing skills
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
- Basic Microsoft Office computer skills (Word, Excel and Outlook)
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
- Field experience in the Canadian prairies
- Bird identification skills
- Rare plant and weed identification skills
- Experience in the consulting sector
- Experience using GPS handheld units to navigate and to capture data