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canada Archaeology Field Technician – 2023 Field Season

  • Location
    (CANADA) and Burlington
  • Job Reference
  • Functional Area/Experience
    Construction/property / 1 Year

Job Description & Qualifications

WSP 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.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We are among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

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.

The Opportunity:

We have a new opportunity for you to join the WSP Environment and Infrastructure (E&I) Canada Limited team (formerly Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Canada Limited) as an Archaeology Field Technician based out of our Greater Toronto Area offices (Burlington, Richmond Hill, London).  As part of our Archaeology Team, you will be involved in various stages of archaeological fieldwork from Stage 2 surveys to Stage 4 excavations in Ontario. Note that this is a seasonal position for the 2023 field season, starting in the spring of 2023.

Please be advised that LIUNA has been certified by the Labour Relations Board to bargain on behalf of persons in the above-noted position. The parties have entered into a collective bargaining agreement and any candidate who is hired into the noted role will be kept informed of any changes to the terms and conditions of their employment because of that process  

Why WSP?

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:

  • As an Archaeological Field Technician on the WSP E&I Canada Limited team you will:
  • Complete archaeological fieldwork under the supervision of an experienced Field Supervisor, including Stage 2 surveys (field walking and test pitting); Stage 3 site-specific assessments; and Stage 4 mitigations.
  • Work outdoors in a wide variety of weather and ground conditions.
  • Support Field Supervisors and provide assistance where needed.
  • Participate in a team environment providing support to other field technicians and assisting with field activities as required.
  • Maintain a high standard of ethical and professional behavior and demonstrate a “Safety First” focus and act as a role model to other staff 

What you'll bring to WSP ...

  • A minimum of one (1) field season of archaeological experience in Ontario, including shovel testing and test unit excavation.
  • Ability to work daily at field site locations. You enjoy fieldwork and like to work in a team environment!
  • Willingness and ability to perform physical demanding and repetitive movement tasks: (e.g., hand shoveling, troweling, screening soil/earth), work outdoors for long days in rough terrain, harsh elements (hot & cold temperatures) and remote locations; Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to travel and work on out-of-town projects (hotel stays), as required.
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and clean drivers abstract. Reliable transportation to-&-from designated WSP E&I Canada Limited project site or office meet spot is essential.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or related field considered an asset.
  • You want to experience what it’s like to work for the leading environmental consulting firm globally and be part of a growing and thriving team!

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe and the growing list of our clients including vaccination status as part of their mandated health and safety requirements to work with them, you will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to WSP as a condition of employment.  You may also be required to undergo additional immunization to maintain a fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 whenever local Public Health Authorities recommend additional immunization.

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. WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. 

Job Skills/Competencies Required

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate information, questions, concerns related to the site work to Field Supervisor in a professional and timely manner.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, or independently when required
  • Knowledge of archaeological artifacts is considered an asset.

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