Senior Planning Engineer – Clean Waters Planning (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 27073 


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 & Function 
The Senior Planning Engineer will play a critical role in the development of a comprehensive Sewage and Rainwater Management Plan (“SRMP”) for Vancouver.  Utilizing an integrated “One Water” approach, the SRMP will provide a road map for strategic investments, policies and bylaws to address pollution from combined sewer overflows and urban runoff, while adapting to climate change, population growth and renewing aging infrastructure.   

Reporting to the Manager, Clean Waters Planning Branch, the Senior Planning Engineer will project manage key technical and planning activities, working with an interdepartmental working group of inter-disciplinary City staff, and an internationally-recognized consulting team.  A high level of inter-jurisdictional collaboration is required with Metro Vancouver, local First Nations and senior levels of governments.

The SRMP is a critical step to establish the City as a leader in climate adaptation and integrated water management through the strategic implementation of grey and green infrastructure.  Holistic approaches to policy and program development will help achieve a more equitable and resilient Vancouver that helps protect water quality and revive its natural systems. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Project management of work undertaken by consultant and City staff:
    1. early current state analysis activities (existing networks, urban watersheds, programs, policies and projects and risk and impact analysis)
    2. plan development work (identifying priority urban watersheds and intervention opportunities, real time controls, contributing towards development and implementation of a short-term priority action plan and technical work underlying comprehensive options analysis)
    3. implementation of plan actions
  • Utilizes a highly collaborative approach to project management to achieve strong engagement, support and buy-in from cross-departmental and interdisciplinary staff team, Metro Vancouver, First Nations and senior levels of government
  • Undertakes technical analysis relating to sewage and rainwater management and other intersecting water management areas (e.g. potable and non-potable water systems)
  • Develops capital and operating budget estimates, key performance indicators and supports related reporting
  • Works with other business units to develop and implement programs, policies and regulatory mechanisms  
  • Consultant contract management and administration as required
  • Prepares cost estimates, tracks spending and recommends resource allocation of project expenses
  • Represents the Clean Waters Planning branch in departmental and organizational Strategic Plans and Planning programs
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, evaluating and reporting on performance, coaching, mentoring, training and development
  • Liaises and participates with Metro Vancouver on sewer and rainwater management planning discussions
  • Fulfills administrative responsibilities related to performance tracking, quality management, project management and other departmental policies
  • Prepares technical reports, City Council Reports, presentations, letters and memos
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and six years’ related experience in sewage and stormwater planning including green infrastructure, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Registration or eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia
  • Experience in urban sewer flow, population growth capacity impacts, rainfall and I&I analysis
  • Experience utilizing a risk-based approach to plan development and project prioritization considered an asset
  • Hydraulic and hydrologic modeling experience considered an asset
  • Experience in policy development is an asset
  • Valid BC Driver’s license an asset

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge and application of engineering principles related to municipal infrastructure, hydraulics and hydrology
  • Working knowledge of combined sewer infrastructure operation, sewer separation, combined sewer overflow elimination, green infrastructure planning, asset management and levels of service
  • Working knowledge of climate change risk and adaptation
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies, practices, processes and policies
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to prepare and manage project and program budgets
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write technical reports
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate and engage staff
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills with the ability to effectively and efficiently prioritize actions in response to numerous and diverse demands
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services

Affiliation: Exempt

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2021

Application Close: April 16, 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. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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