Public Space Engineer (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 28114 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function

The Public Space Engineer supports the planning, design and implementation of public space projects in the street right of way, including tactical, semi-permanent and permanent plazas and parklets. Represents the Engineering Services division at meetings with the general public, key area stakeholders, advisory groups, key stakeholder groups, contractors and project partners. The position develops and manages project work programs, in terms of scope, budget and schedule, including the procurement and management of technical consultants as necessary and supervises junior staff.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Senior Project Manager and supervises Engineering Assistants. The position works closely with other groups in Engineering Services and other departments such as Arts, Culture and Community Services, Park Board, Real Estate and Facilities Management, and Planning and Development Services to help facilitate projects.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develops, monitors, and manages public space project work plans (e.g., scope, budget, schedule, quality, risk, resources) to achieve public space program or capital project objectives.
  • Develops conceptual street and public realm designs in collaboration with other engineers, landscape architects, designers and engineering assistants for public space projects in the street right of way
  • Liaises with internal and external branches and agencies (e.g., emergency services, Park Board) on design deliverables
  • Investigates site conditions in the field to assist in conceptual design work and to observe completed works
  • Develops and/or contributes to development of policy and guidelines relating to public space projects in the street right of way
  • Collaborates with others on the team to build on established partnerships and/or develop partnerships with internal and external stakeholders necessary to deliver on project objectives, ensuring that stakeholders are identified, engaged, informed and given opportunities to shape project details as applicable.
  • Engages with subject matter experts to prepare terms of reference for technical consulting services related to civil engineering design and construction; and completes the tendering and selection process, or works with internal operational forces to deliver the design packages.
  • Manages contracts and technical consultants retained to support the planning, design and implementation of landfill closure and gas works projects.
  • Reviews, interprets and comments on engineering designs and specifications related to closure and gasworks designs.
  • Coordinates and supports the Senior Project Manager in managing consultants and contractors, and escalating any identified conflicts as necessary to senior management for resolution.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a Professional Engineer designation and a minimum of three years’ related experience in public realm design or streets design, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 
  • Registration or eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia.
  • Experience in project management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound knowledge of practices, design principles and theories and best practices related to street design projects.
  • Knowledge of processes and procedures relating to the planning and design of public spaces
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies, practices, processes and policies
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate and engage staff
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to prepare and manage project and program budgets
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to effectively and efficiently prioritize actions in response to numerous and diverse demands
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills and ability to speak and make presentations to stakeholders and the public
  • Strong conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders
  • Ability to read and interpret complex engineering plans and specifications
  • Ability to prepare technical presentations and reports on complex design issues.
  • Proficient in the use of software applications

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2021

Position End Date: July, 2023

Application Close: June 2, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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