Structural Engineer

Waterloo, ON

At Earthscape, we create beautiful, innovative custom playground sculptures and structures that inspire children and adults to creatively play. By partnering with some of the most prestigious Landscape Architecture firms in North America, we bring brilliant playground concepts to life. Our award-winning design-build firm is located just outside of Elmira, Ontario in Waterloo Region.

Together, our ambitious team designs, engineers, builds and installs state-of-the-art wood/timber playgrounds that become iconic and well-loved destination spaces. The work environment we’ve created is positive, productive, fun and rewarding, though admittedly, a bit stressful at times. To see our one-of-a-kind projects, (because words don’t do them justice) you must visit

Currently, we are looking for a Structural Engineer to join our six-person Engineering team. The role of this team member is best suited to someone who loves number crunching and calculations, but also someone who is comfortable working outside the box; our playgrounds don’t fit within regular building code categories.

Your job will be to ensure that the concepts and ideas developed by our inspiring team of playground designers can be realized and built into structurally sound sculptures, towers and climbers that meet Canadian and American safety and accessibility standards (CSA Z614 and ASTM 1487 respectively).

Our ideal candidate will:

  • have an academic background in Civil or Mechanical Engineering;
  • be a licensed P.Eng in Ontario;
  • have 5-10 years of experience in the design of complex wood, timber, steel and/or concrete structures;
  • be proficient with simulation, FEA and custom 3D CAD modeling software (Earthscape uses Sketchup for concept models and Solidworks for detailing);
  • be able to seal structural designs and produce calculation packages for out-of-province and out-of-country projects;
  • have experience as a project manager;
  • have experience with design-build work;
  • have a creative mind and willingness to think outside the box;
  • have a natural ability to prioritize tasks and work efficiently;
  • enjoy collaborative work with a multidisciplinary team but also work effectively with little supervision.

What’s in it for you?

This job will offer you the opportunity to work on some of North America’s most innovative playground projects. The pace, challenges and problem-solving opportunities will mean you are never bored. You will have the chance to develop and refine a wide variety of skills in our rapidly growing business. Your colleagues are young, dynamic and highly skilled with an impressive range of backgrounds, skills and expertise. Above all they are dedicated to Earthscape’s success.

We believe strongly in rewarding our staff with a combination of:

-profit sharing and performance bonuses;
-award-winning projects and designs;
-track record of excellent client relationships;
-benefits for full-time and regular seasonal employees.

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