Civil Engineer I (Sewer Modeling and Development Engineer)

Requisition ID: 36064 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, 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 and Function

Reporting to the to the Senior Infrastructure Engineer, the Sewer Modeling & Development Engineer provides engineering utility input, application review, project management and process management for developments in the City of Vancouver. The position is responsible for sewer utilities servicing and modeling services for Utility Development Cost Levy (UDCL) funded projects, and providing technical input for development proposals at various stages ranging from policy statements, rezoning applications to development permits.


This position also works closely with the technical representatives in various branches including Development and Major Projects, Sewer & Drainage Design, Waterworks Design, Green Infrastructure Implementation, and Integrated Sewer and Drainage Planning Branches. The position liaises with stakeholders in other City departments including Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, Development Buildings and Licensing, the development industry and a variety of technical consultants and architects.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops, validates and updates hydrologic/hydraulic models to assess existing utility system and support growth and development in the City.
  • Completes detailed reviews of development proposals impacts on the sewer system; develops sewer infrastructure models and evaluates the available capacity of existing sewer systems to determine if upgrades are required.
  • Provides utility direction for developments at all stages from policy statements, rezoning to development permits, and provides technical insight at team meetings.
  • Prepares detailed sewer review documents to condition utility upgrades on rezoning and development applications.
  • Reviews designs and/or tender documents for sewer and rainwater and green infrastructure for compliance with City design standards and requirements.
  • Provides guidance and interprets policies with developers regarding sewer upgrading conditions and ensures requirements for development are met.
  • Identifies data gaps, missing information (e.g., identifying flow-monitoring locations), future studies, and sewer and drainage planning to better confirm the sewer system capacity.
  • Provides project and process management of the Utilities Development Cost Levy (UDCL) capital program project list by identifying priorities and escalating projects as needed.
  • Determines scope of work, prepares requests for proposals, evaluates proposals, and participates in the selection of consultants for UDCL projects; assists in negotiating consultant contracts; reviews consultants’ submitted works and recommends adjustments as appropriate.
  • Represents the City and liaises with other engineering branches, City Departments, consultants, private developers, external agencies, Metro Vancouver, government agencies on sewer modelling, rezoning conditions for sanitary and storm sewers and UDCL projects.
  • Keeps abreast of emerging practices and policies
  • Assists in the development of internal standards and practices to improve the review process and support development procedures and submission requirements.
  • Performs engineering research, proposes solutions to complex technical engineering problems, and makes recommendations to other staff.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Water Resources Engineering with a Professional Engineer designation and minimum of four years’  related experience in municipal civil infrastructure planning, design, construction and project management, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Registration or eligibility for immediate registration as an EIT or Professional Engineer in British Columbia
  • Experience using appropriate computer design and modelling software including PCSWMM (or other SWMM software), ArcGIS and AutoCAD
  • Experience working in land development as a civil consultant


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and standards related to hydraulics, hydrology, sewer systems, rainwater management and green infrastructure
  • Knowledge of the City’s development processes
  • Working knowledge of Organizational Quality Management processes and frameworks 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a variety of stakeholders, with experience writing technical reports
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate and engage staff
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills with the ability to effectively and efficiently prioritize actions in response to numerous and diverse demands
  • Strong conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability in utility design, construction and project management
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders
  • Proficient in the use of computer design and modelling software such as PCSWMM, ArcGIS and AutoCAD


Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Position Start Date: August 2022 

Positions Available:

1 Regular Full Time

1 Temporary Full Time (2 year duration)

Salary Information: 
Engineer-In-Training: Salary Range 60: $69,071 to $86,329 per annum

Professional Engineer: Salary Range 80: $89,283 to $111,609 per annum


Application Close: July 15, 2022

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


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