Sewer Policy and Planning Engineer

City of Vancouver

Vancouver, BC




The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and 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 Civil Engineer I in the Sewers Design Branch provides engineering expertise to support the team responsible for eliminating combined sewer overflows by 2050. The position will help to develop new and improve on existing policy, planning, and asset management strategies that support reaching the 2050 goal.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build policies and strategies for sewer separation that integrate capital renewal, development planning, and asset management, to ultimately meet regulatory requirements and support City goals.
  • Develop, support, and perform sewer modeling and analysis, through use of software tools that integrate hydraulics and GIS, to resolve sewer infrastructure and/or service issues related to capacity, flooding, and combined sewer overflows.
  • Develop performance metrics which will be used to gauge the success of Branch programs and strategies, such as sewer separation.
  • Provide asset management program support to further maturity in areas of asset performance (generating sewer deterioration curves) and asset life-cycle (build a framework for a life-cycle analysis approach for sewer assets) to inform the capital candidate selection process.
  • Provide asset management program support in undertaking operational and maintenance analysis and planning and to derive service-related benefits through optimization of asset activities.
  • Liaising with other Engineering Branches, City Departments, external agencies, and community stakeholders regarding sewer policy, planning, and asset management activities.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and four years of related experience.
  • Registration or eligibility for registration as a professional engineer (P.Eng.) in British Columbia.
  • Experience in storm and sanitary sewer and rainwater infrastructure design.
  • Experience in master drainage and sewer plan development.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Intermediate GIS skills using geometric networks, spatial analysis, and data reporting, preferably through ESRI software.
  • Knowledge of Asset Management concepts and frameworks.
  • Hydrologic/hydraulic computer modelling.
  • Strategy and policy development.
  • Ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships with the public, outside agencies, and other employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multiple tasks of moderate complexity, and setting and meeting competing deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of APEGBC’s Organizational Quality Management processes (or other OQM frameworks) is an asset.
  • Process mapping and flow charting.
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Affiliation: Exempt
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: February 2017
Position End Date: July 2018
Application Close: January 22, 2017

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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