Lead Consultant, Climate Change


This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Lead Consultant to support our company’s growing Resilience Practice and our Climate Resilience and Sustainability Team . This is a full-time position located Boston, MA office. The following locations will also be considered: New York, NY; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Miami, FL; Houston, TX; Seattle, WA ; or other WSP office.

This is a technical position that requires experience in (i) modeling climate-related hazards such as sea level rise, storm surge, and riverine flooding, (ii) assessing the probable impacts caused by those hazards to our clients’ infrastructure assets, their services, and our society, and (iii) supporting the integration of this information into policy, strategies, programs, planning, projects, and climate adaptation decisions to support climate resilience efforts. You will work with other experts from our Resilience Practice, including climate scientists, engineers, planners, economists, policy specialists, and risk modelers, and expand our organization to meet our growing portfolio of clients.

Your Impact

Provide quantitative and spatial analysis and modeling of exposure, vulnerability, risks, and resilience associated with long-term climate change considerations for a range of clients.

Develop methods and tools to support effective decisions and improve capital investments to reduce the effects of future climate-related hazards.

Participate on multiple projects, delivering on project commitments through effective coordination with internal colleagues, external resources and agencies, and consulting team partners.

Contribute to a diverse team of experts working to advance the Resilience Practice through effective data-driven analysis and decision-making.

Represent WSP USA in the marketplace, contributing capabilities and experiences to other WSP offices.

Support clients and participate in client meetings to understand and meet requirements for projects.

Assist with preparing marketing materials in support of business development pursuits, and contributing to business development efforts.

Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.

Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in engineering, planning, physical sciences, mathematics, or other discipline relevant to the assessment and management of climate/disaster risk and resilience

7-10 years of relevant post education experience in discipline and in a management consulting or client advisory capacity.

Experience working with a spectrum of environmental, socio-economic, and infrastructure data sets and large datasets using programming language (e.g., R, Matlab, Python)

Attention to detail; commitment and skills to identify and detect errors; commitment to thorough quality reviews and checks; and commitment to accuracy, correctness, and excellence

Ability to be innovative on challenging topics to produce client-tailored products

Experience working independently, and on efforts requiring remote collaboration

Experience communicating orally and in writing technical analysis and results to non-technical audiences using data visualization and maps

Effective self-leadership with attention to detail, results orientation, and managing multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment.

Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, follow instruction, work independently, and comply with company policies.

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to apply technical knowledge to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, statistical analysis and arriving at the most effective, economical, and logical solution.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Post Graduate Education

Management consulting experience

Experience working with transportation agencies (e.g., FHWA, DOTs, MPOs)

In-depth understanding of probability theory

WSP Benefits:

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings.


Expected Salary (all locations): $81,500 – $145,200

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the worlds leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.


WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.