Planning Assistant III (Rapid Transit Projects)

Requisition ID: 35138 


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

The Planning Assistant III is an integral part of a team of transportation planners and engineers and is focused on rapid transit planning.  The position is responsible for supporting land use planning, public realm design, public consultation and technical research and analysis. Key projects include implementation of the Broadway Subway Project, SkyTrain station upgrades, and planning future rapid transit lines within the City of Vancouver.


The Planning Assistant III is part of the City-wide and Regional Planning (CWRP) Division, Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS) and is responsible for ensuring alignment with principles and strategic objectives of the PDS group. The position is physically located in the City of Vancouver’s Transit Integration and Projects Branch and is co-managed though Planning and Engineering. Day-to-day activities are directed through the Branch Manager of the Transit Integration and Projects Branch with performance planning and evaluation led by the CWRP Division in collaboration with the Branch Manager of the Rapid Transit Office.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The focus of the work is on rapid transit-related planning and the work program is often required to respond to initiatives from external agencies such as the Province, TransLink, Metro Vancouver, and other municipalities in the region.


The Planning Assistant is responsible for:

  • Undertaking technical office and field work as well as assisting with public consultation under the supervision of a planner;
  • Preparing verbal and visual communication materials; technical research, data analysis and social surveying;
  • Creating maps, graphics, and presentations for public consultation and internal communication, including work with GIS software such as ArcGIS and graphic programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and PowerPoint
  • Writing reports, including assisting in the preparation of Council Reports and presentations; and, developing and maintaining contact lists.
  • Undertaking internal and external communication to ensure that public consultation, station area implementation plans/ upgrades and technical work is understood by branches and stakeholders, and completed according to plan.
  • Preparing research, technical studies, reports and presentations on topics of moderate complexity, including undertaking relevant field observations and notes and verifying the accuracy of the content.
  • Participating in land use planning and urban design and implementation of projects of medium to high complexity related to Rapid Transit implementation under the supervision of a  planner
  • Identifying data needs and performing moderately complex data analysis to support project decision making. Data sources include Census  demographics, cycling and pedestrian volumes, development statistics, vehicle volumes, transit ridership forecasting, ICBC collision records
  • Organizing and sometimes leading meetings with internal and external stakeholders preparing newsletters, advertisements, web and presentation materials; participating in public events and staff meetings
  • Performing general administrative duties including data entry, tracking communications, taking meeting minutes, taking and organizing photos, and other administrative and/or clerical duties as required
  • Receiving, organizing and responding to public enquiries about rapid transit policies and projects
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Planning or a related field and some experience in multi-modal transportation planning and transit projects is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Working knowledge and experience with City of Vancouver transportation and land use policy and community planning processes would be an asset
  • Experience analyzing and tracking data such as Census data, development statistics, tax roll and permit and license data, and interpretation of zoning by-laws and guidelines is preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS and other similar software and the use of online research and communications tools are essential.
  • Advanced graphic skills and a demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts into accurate, easily readable products are required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to deal effectively with staff, the public and external agencies are needed.
  • Demonstrated survey research and analysis skills, including the ability to address transportation, land use, demographic and financial/economic issues are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines, and function as a team player while also working individually and often remotely with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to quickly respond to changing work priorities and to work effectively with City Departments and external agencies are required.


Driver License

  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License or higher and a satisfactory driving record



All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and 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: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $34.23 to $40.29 per hour


Application Close: January 23, 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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