WSP is currently seeking an Intermediate Planner to join our Kelowna Planning, Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Studio (PLAUD). Reporting to the Director of PLAUD Western Canada, this position will provide you with the opportunity to participate in multi-disciplinary projects in community, urban and regional planning, growth management, environmental planning, sustainable infrastructure, and land development. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing projects and assisting senior staff with various community and urban planning tasks including, but not limited to, research and development of official community plans, zoning bylaws, area and neighbourhood master plans, growth studies, and application of various regulatory approvals.
· Perform professional work related to a variety of planning assignments;
· Undertake research and analysis of various scenarios and formal presentation of analysis;
· Provide professional planning consulting services to the land development industry, including project design and regulatory approvals;
· Planning policy and zoning interpretation/administration for municipal and land development clients;
· Research and development of planning studies and development applications;
· Preparation of complex comprehensive plan amendments including official community plans, zoning bylaws, area structure plans, and neighbourhood plans;
· Act as a liaison between clients and approving authorities;
· Ability to effectively communicate with provincial government agencies, municipalities, private developers, special interest groups, organizations and institutions;
· Conduct research and prepare various technical reports on land use, social, and economic issues;
· Skills to speak to a diverse range of audiences from the general public to major community, business groups, and municipal Councils;
· Assist in the preparation of proposals and other business development activities; and
· Other duties as assigned.
· A degree in Community Planning, Urban Planning, Urban Design and / or related field;
· 7+ years of progressively responsible community planning related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience, preferably in the private sector setting;
· Full membership, or eligibility, of the Canadian Institute of Planners or British Columbia Professional Planners Institute;
· Excellent graphic, written and oral communication skills;
· Experience in subdivision design and/or sustainable community planning projects with demonstrated practical application of sustainable principles would be considered an asset;
· Extensive analytical, creative, decision-making and strategic skills and the proven ability to reach sound decisions and to resolve complex challenges;
· Demonstrated public consultation and engagement experience;
· Project and business development experience will set you apart from your peer group;
· Excellent time-management skills; and
· Previous experience in a policy planning or zoning administration role in a municipality or consultancy, working within multi-disciplinary professionals on integrated design solutions and/or sustainable LEED ND initiatives.