Water Resources Engineer

(Exempt - Temporary)
Effective April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2023

Competition #: 18-COV-20
Closing Date: February 23, 2020

Reporting to the Manager of Infrastructure, the Water Resources Engineer is the City of Vernon’s foremost technical expert in water management, which includes urban drainage, rainwater management, green infrastructure in transportation, flood risk management, and climate change adaptation.

The position will be responsible for assisting in long range planning, capital planning and implementation, and reviewing development applications using an integrated approach across City departments. The responsibilities of the position will be carried out with the intent of establishing Vernon as a regional leader in overland water flow and ground water management, from the street level to city level.

The strategies and recommendations developed by this position will optimize City infrastructure investments and ensure that water management is considered with the intent of minimizing impacts from development and ensuring climate change adaptation is considered in both private and public projects.


Infrastructure Delivery

  • Project manages the implementation of municipal infrastructure capital projects for overland drainage, ground water management, green infrastructure, and flood risk assessment and abatement.

  • Identifies requirement for and oversees watershed drainage studies.

  • Supports the Manager, Infrastructure in the formulation and development of infrastructure budgets and work plans.

  • Develops terms of reference for infrastructure projects, reviews consultants’ designs, plans, tender packages, reports and monitors consultants’ performance on behalf of the City.

  • Issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) for consulting services related to capital project design and delivery using Master Municipal Construction Documents (MMCD).

  • Participates in RFP evaluation committees that score RFPs and award contracts to successful proponents.

  • Directly monitors and ensures compliance on all aspects of performance of consultants procured for specific infrastructure projects and engineering studies.

  • Coordinates permitting with other government agencies and utilities and ensures infrastructure construction projects adhere to government regulations and advises the appropriate governmental agencies, as needed.

  • Oversees the preparation and maintenance of as-built drawings.

Development Review

  • Supports the Manager, Engineering Development Services in the review of development applications.

  • Reviews concept plans, detailed engineering construction drawings, and development applications for adherence to engineering standards and City master plans, policies and bylaws.

  • Recommends amendments to City development bylaws, policies and procedures relating to on site storm water management.

  • Performs other related duties as necessary for the competent, efficient, reasonable and orderly development of the City’s engineering and servicing requirements.

Technical Advisor

  • Provides technical advice and reviews plans and specifications for other municipal infrastructure projects related to roads, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

  • Recommends priorities and submits cost estimates.

  • Applies strategies to integrate and prioritize water management into the Four Year Rolling Capital Plan, development approvals, and City bylaws and policies.

  • Provides guidance materials and processes that consider water management in climate change adaptation, capital infrastructure design, parks planning, operations and maintenance, and private development approval.

  • Work across the City departments to contribute to and participate in planning and vision setting.

  • Authors technical reports, presentations, letters, bylaw and policy reviews, and memos for both internal and external audiences that include Mayor and Council.

  • Plans and participates in public consultation regarding water management and related infrastructure projects, policy changes, and bylaws.

  • Responds to public requests related to City of Vernon water management strategies and related infrastructure projects.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • All persons employed by the City of Vernon will be required to assist the City in providing emergency services. Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering supplemented by a minimum seven years related water resources engineering experience.

  • Registered as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in BC or eligible to be registered as a P.Eng. in BC.

  • Valid B.C Class 5 driver’s license.

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of all aspects of water resources engineering including urban drainage, rainwater management, green infrastructure in transportation, flood risk management, and climate change adaptation.

  • Working knowledge of current engineering design standards, construction methods, and best practices.

  • Understanding of water management as it relates to storm drainage systems, sanitary sewer collection and disposal, transportation, and related surface works.

  • Extensive knowledge and background of procurement and contracting.

  • Well-developed knowledge of infrastructure and operating budget preparation (long and short term).

  • Demonstrated successful contract administration and project management experience in either a public sector or private sector environment.

  • Strong PC/technology skills and aptitude, and familiarity with current software such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Civil3D and Project in addition to proficiency with general office equipment.

  • Outstanding interpersonal abilities to effectively work with the public, team members, and facilitate cross divisional relationships.

  • Strong communications and technical writing skills with the ability to explain technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.

  • Proven critical thinking abilities.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the Master Municipal Construction Documents used by municipalities throughout British Columbia.

  • Masters of Applied Science Water Resources

  • Previous experience working within a municipal governance environment.

  • Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation.

  • A degree specialization in water resources.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume, quoting the appropriate competition number to:  Human Resources, City of Vernon, using one of the following methods:

  • Online at www.vernon.ca (In MS Word or PDF Format) or
  • By Fax:  (250) 550-3551

Internal applicants are asked to complete the on-line Application for Internal Posting form located on Jostle and forward this along with a resume.

By making application, you are authorizing the City of Vernon to verify, through whatever means deemed appropriate, any information included in your applicant profile.

The City of Vernon wishes to thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please!