Green Infrastructure Planner

Company name
City of Vancouver
Job Location
Vancouver, BC


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

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

Main Purpose and Function

We are currently looking for two Planners to join the City of Vancouver Green Infrastructure branch. The first position will be responsible for developing and implementing education, training and capacity building programs to support Rain City Strategy goals around (1) water quality, (2) resilience and (3) healthy natural systems in the public and private realm.  The second position will focus on design and implementation of green infrastructure in the public realm.  The position will be responsible for providing design and construction expertise on green rainwater infrastructure implementation for internally and externally designed projects.  

Both positions report to the Green Infrastructure Implementation Branch Senior Project Managers and receive general direction/guidance for various assigned tasks. The GI Planner works with other staff within the Branch, Engineering Services and other departments involved in green infrastructure implementation, including Planning Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS), Parks Board, Real Estate and Facilities Management (REFM) and Development, Buildings and Licenses (DBL). 

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

Focus: Education, Training & Public Engagement

  • Provide leadership, forward thinking and green rainwater infrastructure expertise to a team of highly motivated, inter-disciplinary professionals. 
  • Research and analyze best practices related to training and capacity building to support implementation (planning, design, construction, establishment, monitoring and asset management) of integrated rainwater management, including surface expressions (bio-retention, rain gardens, stormwater tree trenches), sub-surface infiltration (infiltration trenches and subsurface storage and infiltration systems), and building-related systems (water harvest and re-use, blue-green roofs etc.)
  • Support in coordinating and communicating with internal and external stakeholders which may include home builders’ associations, professional associations, trade associations, and urban development institute. 

Focus: Design

  • Develop and coordinate conceptual design, detailed design, design standards and public engagement materials within Engineering. 
  • Prepare design and specification materials, coordinate and review the design work of externally designed green rainwater infrastructure projects.
  • Prepare reports and technical memos and presentations and other materials to support policy development, training, guidance and standards related to green infrastructure design, construction, establishment, operations, maintenance and renewal.
  • Develop guidance and training materials related to (1) site planning for green infrastructure implementation, (2) design approaches, including hydrology, soils to be used in green infrastructure practices that optimize treatment of urban rainwater runoff while supporting healthy vegetation, (3) plant lists and planting plans based on sound research and field findings of successful green infrastructure landscapes.
  • (4) monitoring of green infrastructure installations and landscape establishment, (5) Evaluation and refinement of green infrastructure designs to enhance function, improve aesthetics, and reduce maintenance.
  • Perform field observations and studies, collecting data and engaging with the public, trades, industry practitioners and other stakeholders.

Education and Experience:

  • A degree in Landscape Architecture or a related field such as Planning, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Soil Science, Agrology, or Horticulture;
  • Minimum one year related professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of integrated rainwater management and green infrastructure planning, design, construction and operations, soil science, ecology, horticultural science, and urban landscape design principles.
  • Demonstrated ability as a project manager with strong organizational and time management skills including the ability to deal effectively with multiple tasks of moderate complexity and setting and meeting competing deadlines.
  • Experience analyzing, prioritizing and implementing projects over a multi-year time horizon, developing budgets for projects and analyzing the financial, environmental and other implications of policy proposals
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to build consensus on challenging issues and develop partnerships
  • Ability to work independently and to provide professional interdisciplinary advice and technical guidance while functioning effectively in a team environment
  • Familiarity with the City’s Integrated Rainwater Management Plan.

Focus: Education, Training & Public Engagement

  • Experience designing and delivering education, training and/or capacity building programs
  • Experience with project management and community engagement, communication and graphics materials development and event planning and execution
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch-up, and Word software applications.

Focus: Design

  • Considerable knowledge of landscape construction methods and materials.
  • Ability to work independently in delivering construction documentation, IFC drawings and specifications. 
  • Ability to estimate time and material requirements, costs, and prepare specifications covering design work.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use AutoCAD, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch-up, Excel, and Word software applications.

Part of the selection process will include providing a portfolio including graphic and working drawing examples. 

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start date: July, 2019

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: May 24, 2019

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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.  

Contact Email

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