Principal Air Quality Scientist

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Vancouver
  • 125 - 150

Website WSP Canada

Vancouver, BC

The Opportunity:

At WSP our Environmental Management team is providing environmental services that include air quality and related services to position WSP as a leader in the market. We’re looking for a Senior Air Quality Engineer to join our Environmental Management team, located at our Vancouver, BC office. Candidates applying for this position should have experience/qualifications in air quality modelling and monitoring; regulatory reporting; air permitting of new and existing facilities; and air quality/environmental impact assessment. The successful candidate is someone who understands our clients’ needs and is able to respond with innovation and added value. This position will have more than enough scope and freedom to satisfy the most motivated, career-minded and technically savvy person. The successful candidate will have an established career in consulting and demonstrated ability in developing business in this environment.

A day in the life:

You will be managing and conducting air quality assessment projects from large industrial complexes and regional airsheds to small oil and gas or commercial emission sources, in support of regulatory approvals, environmental impact assessments or special studies;
You will perform assessment of the impacts of air contaminant emissions on ambient air quality using routine and advanced dispersion models judged to be most appropriate to given situations (i.e. CALPUFF, AERMOD, CALINE, CMAQ, etc.);
You will be preparing reports and applications for submission to regulatory authorities on behalf of Company clients;
You will be involved in meteorological and air quality data analysis for use in air quality studies;
You will be assisting or supporting comprehensive air quality impact assessments or special studies, plans, research projects related to air quality issues for various government or industrial clients;
You will be performing scoping and analysis of air quality issues, assessment of air quality impacts, and recommendation of monitoring and mitigation programs;
You will be managing projects, including proposal writing, project planning, budgeting, staffing, status reporting, delivery, peer review, invoicing and closeout;
You will be developing and maintaining business relationships with clients consistent with the company’s objectives;
You will be identifying project opportunities and prepare proposals for projects, including estimating the time required and resources, etc;
You will be coaching and developing junior and intermediate staff within our air quality group;
Other duties as assigned/required;

We’d love to hear from you if you have…

15 years of related work experience in the environmental field focused on increasing responsibilities in the air quality field;
Work well in a multidisciplinary environment, and respond well to the technical challenges within set time constraints;
Professional Engineer registered, or eligible for registration, with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia;
Extensive previous consulting experience;
Undergraduate degree in the related field; a graduate degree is desirable;
Sound project management skills and a demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, resulting in delivery on time and on budget to the client’s satisfaction;
Thorough knowledge of British Columbian and Canadian environmental regulations;
Demonstrated British Columbia focused experience in air quality modelling and monitoring; regulatory reporting; air permitting of new and existing facilities; and air quality/environmental impact assessment;
Demonstrated ability to mentor junior and intermediate staff;
Strong business development and client interaction skills and excellent ability to manage technical, budget and schedule aspects of complex projects;

This is a long-term career position which carries attractive opportunities for advancement. This opportunity will appeal to an aspiring, career-minded person who prefers a blend of technical work and business development. This role will involve expansion of our environmental services offered in our BC Region, including business development and mentoring of junior staff. Occasional travel will be required.


Expected Salary (all locations): $119 200 – $202 700

WSPCanadais 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.

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.



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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.

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