Senior Project Engineer (Environmental Policy Engineer) – Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

*Senior Project Engineer (Environmental Policy Engineer)

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Water Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Our Water Services Department is seeking an Environmental Policy Engineer within the Policy, Planning and Analysis division. This role will be responsible for a wide range of planning policy initiatives including researching, analyzing, and ultimately developing policies related to the provision of drinking water within Metro Vancouver. It will also focus on supporting various (non-technical) long-term water supply and planning projects within the Metro Vancouver region.

You are: A registered professional engineer with experience in an environmental/water services sector with strong written and communication skills that is well organized, self-motivated, and works well as part of a team.

The Senior Project Engineer reports to the Program Manager, Policy, Research, Planning, Strategy & Innovation and Quality Control and falls within our Professional / Technical, Level 3A job family.

This role:

  • Will be responsible for a wide range of planning policy initiatives including researching, analyzing and making recommendations on long-range plans, and responding to policy initiatives as well as other policy matters. Processing and management of environmental assessment applications, including review and analysis of land development proposals, the research and preparation of reports and memoranda for consideration by internal Metro Vancouver Committees and Board, as well as for external member jurisdictions will be required. Interprets and analyses provincial, regional and local planning documents and policies, responds to requests for planning information, reviews and comments on various conservation and environmental initiatives and provides general operational support to the functioning of the Policy, Planning and Analysis group.
  • The following is considered an asset:
    • Work experience or qualifications related to environmental fields, specifically water-related
    • Experience with developing policies
    • Experience with environmental topics such as water governance, climate change, water conservation, water efficiency, water policy, and water utility management
  • Work will include development and/or review of Water Services policies, supporting updates to Metro Vancouver’s Long Range Plan, project management and budgeting, and coordinating required reporting to the Province. Will need to liaise and coordinate with external agencies including other orders of government, industry, and business associates as well as communicate across departments within Metro Vancouver.
  • Performs complex and varied duties related to policy and planning as well as project management. Applies principles and practices of the engineering profession to ensure results are achieved in a sound and practical manner.
  • Analyzes and assesses requirements and recommends optimal methods for achieving objectives.
  • Responsible for overall project budgets and monitors and controls costs ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Participates in short and long-range planning.
  • Makes decisions and provides recommendations on a variety of issues with broad policies and mandates as guidelines. Uses ingenuity to devise original, practical and economical solutions.
  • Has the ability to prepare and review project designs, technical reports and contract specifications for consulting services. Acts as Metro Vancouver’s appointed representative in assigned matters of project and contract obligations including project initiatives, site visits, and determination of regulatory requirements. May be required to negotiate significant technical or financial interest on behalf of Metro Vancouver.
  • Directs the actions of consultants recommending changes to scope and negotiating new terms as required. Deals with the full range of project dimensions that may include legal, property, public contact, and liaising with various levels of government, and other regulatory bodies.
  • Explains difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view, supports positions with evidence, research or experience gained in similar situations. Typically acts as a project leader and actively works to encourage teamwork, collaboration and efficiency.
  • May supervise professional engineers and/or technical staff engaged in similar work. Peer reviews the work of colleagues and guides consulting engineers and technical staff. Acts as a resource to staff members for advice and guidance on potential approaches and problem situations. Maybe a resource for presentations and questions to the Metro Vancouver board, committees and municipal councils.
  • May work as a technical/specialist resource, collaborating with senior engineers, management and/or government officials in the development of regulatory or government policy initiatives affecting Metro Vancouver.
  • Participates in the design, preparation and approval of engineering standards in area of specialty.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline such as hydrotechnical/water resource engineering, environmental engineering, or similar. 4-6 years recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application in relevant disciplines. Ability to act as a resource to staff and provide sound and practical guidance for unusual or problem situations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply engineering and technical guidelines and principles related to area of specialization such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and board policies. Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique or difficult situations.
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize a complex series of project components for large complex projects to meet multiple time-based deliverables requiring a high level of detail and accuracy. Ability to resolve problems within established guidelines and procedures; ability to use judgment to determine which methods are applicable in any given situation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including letter, report writing and presentation skills. Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.
  • Inter-departmental communication and coordination will be required, therefore, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considered complex and time-sensitive is essential. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations including dealings with the public, member municipalities, government agencies and contractors. Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented work environment and deal effectively with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgment to problem solve when more than one option is possible. Ability to identify opportunities to address emerging needs. Proven ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines. Ability to meet timelines and objectives requiring persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the organizational culture, processes and mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives; upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of junior engineers, technical staff and direct reports as required.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Project.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license.

*Candidates with lesser experience may be considered at the Project Engineer level, along with the applicable rate of pay.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by March 5, 2021.


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