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Assistant Vice President Human Health/Ecological Risk Assessor

Society for Conservation Biology
Portland, Oregon, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Nonprofit, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Our Business
We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood's Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.
This Opportunity
WSP is seeking an Assistant Vice President Human Health/Ecological Risk Assessor with at least 10 years of experience to support our growing risk assessment and toxicology practice.

We are seeking an experienced human health risk assessor to collaborate with our current team of risk assessment professionals in project planning and execution as well as public outreach and stakeholder communication. Risk assessments will be prepared to meet the requirements of the USEPA, Oregon, Washington (including MTCA), Alaska and Idaho environmental regulatory programs.

The position will involve coordination and implementation of project work associated with multimedia (air, water, and soil) risk assessments and environmental regulatory compliance in the industrial/ commercial and government sectors as well as project management.

The ideal candidate would work closely with our team in the Pacific Northwest while also being part of the larger initiatives within the company. WSP offers the opportunity and flexibility to balance work in the office and from home.
Your Impact
This position offers the opportunity to work with a large and diverse team of engineers and scientists to address complex environmental challenges executing the following roles/ responsibilities:
  • Directs and supervises technical assignments and manages entire projects or specific elements of projects;
  • Perform as lead risk assessor authoring proposals and projects;
  • Extensive client and regulator interaction experience, particularly with scoping of risk assessments and application of the risk assessment results and conclusions in site decision-making;
  • Provide technical review for projects to comply with environmental regulations, company standards, contract requirements, and related specifications; and
  • Occasional travel for projects, conferences, business development, or training.
Who You Are
Required Qualifications
  • B.S. or M.S. in Toxicology, Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health or related scientific discipline
  • 10+ years relevant experience in conducting, authoring, directing, and conducting technical review of multi-media environmental risk assessments with increasing levels of project complexity and responsibility
  • Strong background providing environmental consulting services to clients in the industrial/ commercial and government sectors
  • Extensive knowledge of and hands-on experience with environmental risk assessment principles, procedures, and guidance
  • Demonstrated successful interactions across a range of private sector and governmental clients
  • Experience in scoping, managing, and conducting each of the stages of the CERCLA process including:
    • Development of work plans and QAPPs (including evaluating sampling strategies and appropriateness of data for risk) and review of multi-media baseline human health risk assessments for common and emerging contaminants
    • Completion of projects through feasibility studies and Records of Decision
    • Experience with risk communication with clients, stakeholders, and at conferences and professional organizations including presenting complex technical information in a concise and accurate manner
  • Strong work ethic and must be a self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and work as part of teams and achieve team objectives
  • Experience with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances is a plus
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree is preferred.
  • Essential professional licensure/certification.
  • 40-Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training (HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120) preferred.
  • Basic First Aid and Adult CPR training desired.



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