The Opportunity:
McElhanney’s Okanagan Region offices are seeking Planners to join their team. Supporting vibrant, livable communities is a key focus of McElhanney across Western Canada, and our Planning teams are active in laying the groundwork for complex, inter-disciplinary projects that shape the way we live. For this reason, we are looking for Planners to help grow our Planning practice in the Okanagan region of British Columbia and as support for the company throughout BC.  The position will be based in our Penticton or Kelowna Branch Office. The successful individual will be a part of a team focusing on a diverse range of public and private sector planning projects. The ideal candidate will be familiar with local Okanagan communities, or a passion to learn. 

Our teams in the Okanagan Region have a welcoming culture that allows staff to learn, grow, and build meaningful relationships. Most importantly, we have nurtured a fun and family-like environment making McElhanney a workplace where our staff choose to grow long-term careers. In addition, our team has industry-leading professionals and mentors and established programs that support the growth of our future leaders. Our team has a reputation for taking great care in developing our people and fostering a positive, friendly, and rewarding work environment.

What You’ll Be Doing:
  • Supporting and helping build McElhanney’s planning practice in the Okanagan valley and coordinating with planning teams in other branches to ensure great project delivery to amaze our clients;
  • Business development with new, existing, and key clients;
  • Liaising and developing strategic partnerships with clients, project stakeholders, various levels of government and sub-consultants;
  • Professional project management and execution of planning projects;
  • Supervise and provide direction to technical and professional staff, as required.

What You’ll Bring:
  • 3+ years community planning experience, preferably with a background in consulting;
  • Master’s Degree in urban planning, urban design, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in land development approval and municipal development processes; 
  • Experience with local government land use regulatory and procedural policy and bylaw development;
  • Proven excellence in creative problem solving and solution implementation;
  • An understanding of provincial planning legislation, and a willingness to learn surrounding local government policies and bylaw requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Technical and policy writing expertise;
  • Ability to prepare information and host Public Engagement opportunities;
  • Effective time management skills with the ability to function in a high volume, challenging environment;
  • CAD experience or ability to use other design software would be an asset.
  • Eligibility for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners;
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

What Can We Offer You?
  • Locally based offices with strong community ties and very positive working environment.
  • We are proud to be an employee-owned, multidisciplinary company of technical professionals managed by technical professionals.
  • Full benefits package, competitive salary, annual bonus eligibility and the potential to become an owner of the company.
  • Maternity leave top-up and parental leave
  • Employee and Family assistance program, which offers 24/7 support for all employees and their families either online or over the phone
  • An assortment of company-sponsored professional development activities.

About McElhanney
Based in Western Canada for over 110 years, McElhanney offers innovative and practical engineering, surveying, mapping, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services. As a 100% employee-owned and operated firm, with over 1,000 staff members in 33 locations, we are proud to offer qualified staff with shareholding options in our company. At McElhanney, we work in teams to build strong connections with our staff, clients, and local communities. Our employees enjoy working here because of our varied projects, high levels of autonomy, opportunities for career development, excellent total compensation, and benefits package, and collaborating with a team of great professionals.
Our Purpose: Amaze our clients. Care for our communities. Empower our people.

If this is the opportunity for you, apply now or visit to apply online. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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The Okanagan region of British Columbia has the best climate in Canada as ranked by Environment Canada.  The semi-arid desert climate provides over 2000 hours of bright sunshine and only 23 cm of rain per year.  Average temperatures are 28C in summer and 2C in winter.  The region is a haven of recreational pursuits such as skiing and golf, as well as being home to world-class vineyards and beautiful orchards. 
McElhanney is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion which celebrates the successes that comes from a team diverse in expertise, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage and are pleased to consider all qualified candidates, welcoming all ethnicities, religions, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, aboriginal status, age, or people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the selection process.
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