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Soil Scientist

Company: Stantec Consulting
Location : Sidney or Burnaby,AB
Company Profile

We Design With Community In Mind

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Job Description

Grounded in safety, quality, and ethics, our experts lead their fields and guide our work with rigor, a creative spirit, and vision for growth. We draw from more than 20 technical specialties around the globe and are committed to fostering an inclusive community of diverse talents, backgrounds, and expertise. We are a place to apply your passion and collaborate with top environmental talents on work that’s critical to our clients and the communities we support. Join a team that has the environment down to a science.

Your Opportunity

As a Soil Scientist you will work on all phases of resource projects, including environmental assessments, permitting and compliance. You will collaborate with reclamation, vegetation and geotechnical professionals and provide sound advice related to soil management.

This is a 6-month contract role with potential to be extended or converted to permanent employment.

Your Key Responsibilities


  • Design and implement baseline soil surveys following CANSIS and/or Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Field
  • Determine and calculate land capabilities (reclamation suitability, agricultural capability)
  • Contribute to environmental plans related to soil salvage and sediment and erosion control
  • Write technical reports presenting results of baseline studies, assessing potential effects, and describing suitable management and mitigation measures

Your Capabilities and Credentials


  • Strong understanding and experience in environmental assessment process, and demonstrated knowledge of relevant provincial and federal regulations and guidelines
  • Experience scoping, budgeting and leading soils component of environmental assessments and permit applications
  • Knowledge of geomorphologic and pedogenic processes
  • Technical field knowledge of soils in western and northern Canada
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record required

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography, Agriculture, Ecology, or a technical Soils related field is required
Fully qualified professional (e.g. Registered Professional Agrologist or Geoscientist with soils background) accreditation required
Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Soil Scientist contributing to environmental assessments in British Columbia

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining stationary at a workstation for long periods of time. Field work may include work in remote environments, challenging terrain and exposure to the elements including inclement weather. Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.