Job Opportunity: Senior Geotechnical Engineer – Permafrost (Cold Regions) Environment, WSP

Senior Geotechnical Engineer – Permafrost (Cold Regions) Environment at WSP, Canada

Job Description:

WSP is one of the world’s leading professional services firms. They have over 63,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, their 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. Their purpose is to future-proof cities and environments. 

The Opportunity:

WSP currently has an exceptional opportunity for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with permafrost (cold region) experience to join the Prairies & North Ground Engineering team. The successful engineer can be based in any of their offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.   

The Ground Engineering Group is involved in a range of projects from conventional to leading-edge complex assignments in the area of foundations, infrastructure and transportation; design of tailings dams, pit walls and waste dump structures in the mining industry; and slope assessment and stabilization work related to geohazards.

The diversity in projects and complexity provides the opportunity for a rewarding career in one or more practice areas.  

To succeed in this role, you’ll have a strong understanding of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, particularly in permafrost environments as well as proven project/client management, and communication skills. In return, you’ll play a key role in the organization to deliver and/or review high-quality engineering services and solutions to their clients. 

They 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:

As a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with WSP Ground Engineering Group, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Use your technical skills to deliver high-quality engineering services focused on permafrost environments with geotechnical investigations, conceptual and detailed engineering designs, analytical and numerical analysis and evaluations, technical specifications, drawings, and reporting.
  • Use your business sense to assist in maintaining and building strong client relationships and developing and growing the business for the long term.
  • Use your leadership, project management, and interpersonal skills to manage projects and lead geotechnical and multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Mentor, train, and develop junior to intermediate geotechnical engineering staff.
  • Prepare and review technical proposals and reports.
  • Collaborate with other WSP offices, geotechnical engineering staff, and a range of internal multi-discipline groups on various projects across the Prairie and North region.

What you’ll bring to WSP:

  • A university degree with a minimum of an undergraduate degree (preferably with a Masters or Ph.D. degree) in civil (preferably geotechnical) or geological engineering from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant geotechnical engineering and design experience, with a focus on permafrost or cold region engineering. 
  • A strong understanding of geotechnical and permafrost engineering and engineering geology.
  • Experience in geotechnical investigations, geohazard evaluations, air-photo/LiDAR interpretations, thermal and slope stability evaluation, instrumentation, and construction monitoring.
  • Experience with numerical thermal analysis using Temp/W and experience with the site investigation, design and construction of building and bridge foundations, landfills, roads, and other earth structures in permafrost regions would be an asset. 
  • Experience with the design, construction, instrumentation, operational reviews and/or reclamation of waste dumps, pit walls, and/or tailings dykes.
  • Extensive experience with thermal, slope stability, seepage and deformation modelling.
  • Specific knowledge and understanding of the geology in the Prairies and Northern Canadian regions (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring abilities, and a motivated team player.
  • Excellent client relations and communication skills and abilities to manage project deliverables on time and budget.
  • Excellent written communication skills to prepare work scopes, reports, presentations, and publications. 
  • A strong commitment to safety and sustainability.
  • Registered or eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Canada.
  • Unrestricted class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent) valid in Canada and clean driver’s abstract.