Planning Assistant III - Green infrastructure

City of Vancouver


Planning Assistant III - Green infrastructure

Requisition ID: 13793

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
The City of Vancouver has committed to divert 90% of Vancouver’s annual rainfall through green infrastructure initiatives. As part of the Rain City Strategy, the Green Infrastructure Team will develop policies, programs, design prototypes, pilot projects, community partnerships and an implementation plan to capture and treat, then detain, infiltrate and/or reuse rainwater.

As a member of this inter-disciplinary team, you will play a key role in using green infrastructure to benefit goals that span the organization, including sustainable transportation, social sustainability, community building, climate change and access to nature and natural process. We are looking for highly motivated, creative and innovative team players to join us in our effort to manage this valuable resource for our community and local ecosystems.

The Planning Assistant III will support the team with technical graphics, research, communications and engagement work.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Rain City Strategy Implementation Plan Policy and Planning Lead, the Planning Assistant will:

Desktop research.
  • Prepare and conduct technical research, surveys, analysis on topics of moderate complexity, including undertaking relevant field observations and notes and verifying accuracy of the content and field investigations;
  • Manage data for the initiative, including collection, tracking, and reporting;

Communication graphics.
  • Develop presentation materials, posters and graphics and be proficient in Adobe Suite [Photoshop | InDesign | Illustrator] under the supervision of Sr. planner and landscape architect;
  • Prepare slideshows in MS PowerPoint; and
  • Maintain initiative web pages and contact lists.

  • Organize meetings and events, support public engagement and stakeholder processes, participate in and minute public events and staff meetings; and
  • Engage with stakeholders at public events and during consultation processes.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Assist in the preparation of technical reports and council reports;
  • Prepare content (text and graphics) for presentations, websites and other communications materials;
  • Respond to public inquiries; and
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


Education and Experience:
  • Post-secondary education in planning, urban studies, landscape architecture, sustainability, engineering technology, environmental sciences or related field and experience, preferably in a municipal setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of integrated rainwater management and green infrastructure policy, planning, design, and/or operations would be a considerable asset;
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively on inter-disciplinary teams, with staff across City departments, with contractors, consultants, outside agencies, industry stakeholders and the public;
  • Experience conducting research, collecting and analyzing data, performing field studies and providing technical, communications and/or logistical support for design, planning, research and/or policy development projects;
  • Experience with mapping and/or graphics design;
  • Strong knowledge or skills in using computer software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and software for graphic design and mapping including the Adobe suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator);
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent event planning and organizational skills related to public engagement activities;
  • Experience developing communication materials for workshops, meetings or presentations and supporting stakeholder engagement strategies;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills including the ability to (1) manage multiple projects, tasks and competing priorities at the same time (2) set and meet deadlines, and (3) adapt to emerging or changing priorities;
  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently on a range of tasks including high-level research, administrative tasks, and writing; and
  • Ability to provide support and advice while functioning effectively in a team environment.

Applicant’s transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the department and be willing to apply for membership in the City’s car-share program.

A valid B.C. driver’s license is required without any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: August 2019
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $32.25 to $37.97 per hour

Application Close: July 19, 2019

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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Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development, Environmental Services
Posted: July 10, 2019, 11:27 am
Expires: July 19, 2019, 11:59 pm

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