Requisition ID: 26514
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
Reporting to the Senior Clean Waters Planning Engineer, the Planner I provides project support and planning expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team leading an integrated “One Water” management plan to address pollution from sewage and urban runoff, while adapting to the challenges of climate change, aging infrastructure and population growth.
The position is responsible for developing policy and planning scenarios for the development of a city-wide plan for sewage and rainwater management. The position is responsible for leading stakeholder engagement to seek input into the planning process.
The Planner I will support the City’s efforts to be a leader in climate adaptation and integrated approaches to water management through the implementation of grey and green infrastructure. Holistic approaches to policy and program development will help shape a more equitable and resilient Vancouver that helps protect water quality and revive its natural systems.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Provides leadership in coordinating and communicating with internal and external partners and stakeholders which may include Indigenous communities, regional, provincial and federal governments, environmental non-governmental organizations, home builders’ associations, professional associations, trade associations, urban development institute and the public
- Prepares reports and technical memos and presentation materials to support policy development, engagement and communications.
- Provides leadership, forward thinking and environmental science/ecology planning, and green infrastructure expertise to a team of highly motivated, inter-disciplinary professionals
- Work with the City of Vancouver Equity Office to integrate approaches to engagement and decision making that are rooted in equity and decolonization. Display a willingness to learn, and a commitment to relationship building.
- Researches and analyzes best practices related to integrated rainwater management ,s well as climate change risks, vulnerabilities and adaptation.
- An understanding of climate science, risk management and assessments and future climate projections/datasets.
- Explores and recommends opportunities, policies or practices to enhance water quality, resilience and healthy natural systems in the urban realm through rainwater management
- Researches and analyzes best practices related to ecosystem services and natural asset management.
- Undertakes scenario development to support infrastructure planning and policy, factoring in urban growth, climate change and other key elements of change.
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned
Education and Experience:
- A post-secondary degree in Planning or Environmental Science or a related field and a minimum of one year related professional experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Collaborative mindset with proven ability to work in a team environment with success.
- Considerable knowledge of integrated rainwater management, green infrastructure planning, and climate change risk and adaptation
- Good understanding of the City’s Rain City Strategy
- Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
- Workshop and meeting facilitation.
- Ability to build consensus on challenging issues and develop partnerships
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders
- Ability to work independently and to provide professional interdisciplinary advice and technical guidance while functioning effectively in a team environment
- Ability to exercise sound judgement, diplomacy and tact
- Ability to manage projects with strong organizational and time management skills
- Ability to deal effectively with multiple tasks of moderate complexity and setting and meeting competing deadlines
- Proficient in the use of software applications such as Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and Adobe Suite
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: April, 2021
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour
Application Close: March 7, 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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