We are looking for candidates with their own unique talents! If you don’t meet 100% of the preferred skills outlined in this job posting, tell us why you’d be a great fit for Urban Systems in your cover letter! 

About the Opportunity

We are looking to add a passionate community consultant to our team in Courtenay! Come join a diverse, hard-working and fun team working to find solutions to complex issues facing communities.

As a community consultant, you will work on complex and exiting projects that make a tangible difference in communities and towards global climate change. As a team we work together to support the communities to find the best fit solution to realize their clean energy and climate change priorities.

You will get to contribute to:

  • Viability assessments of clean energy technologies (e.g., solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, hydropower, biomass, and geo-exchange)
  • Prepare climate lens mitigation assessments
  • Research and analyze data to prepare energy load forecast models
  • Build financial models to advise project decisions
  • Facilitate in-person and digital communications and engagement with Indigenous communities, local governments, utilities, and community organizations
  • Provide accurate and timely input on technical reports, plans, studies, presentations and procurement documents
  • Prepare proposals and grant funding applications

The role will primarily focus on clean energy and climate change work. However, at times needs surface from the communities we serve that are outside of this core practice. The successful candidate will work with our teams to support these needs as they arise.


About You

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (science/applied science) or master’s level specialization with a focus on clean energy and climate change with minimum 2 years of professional experience. The following attributes would help you thrive:

  • Accountability – you don’t pretend to have all the answers and you take personal responsibility for seeing your efforts through. You aren’t afraid to ask questions and have a high say-do ratio, seek to understand the perspectives of others and see the value in active listening and empathy.
  • Care – you care deeply about the health and well-being of all living things and the communities they inhabit.
  • Energy and Adaptability – balance requests from multiple sources, and work within timelines, open to finding diverse and unexpected solutions to problems and challenges. You fuel creativity and excitement in teams.
  • Creative Collaborator – you approach communication, perspective taking and facilitation to build relationships and foster meaningful connections.
  • Data Driven – taking complex data, developing spreadsheets and using software programs for modelling and forecasting to help build understanding and inform decision-making gets you excited.


About Us

Recognized as one of Canada’s top employers, Urban is an employee-owned inter-disciplinary consulting firm based in Western Canada. In business since 1975, we have over four decades of experience working with a variety of clients including all levels of government, Indigenous communities, commercial and residential land developers, and the natural resource sector. Our team of over +500 people, across multiple branch offices, is committed to helping build vibrant communities of all sizes.


About Our Community Energy Practice

We work with communities to investigate the feasibility of clean energy project opportunities, demand-side management strategies and provide project management services on community-scale clean energy projects. Some recent projects include:

  • Community, Regional and Utility Energy Planning and Forecasting
  • Project Planning through to Development of Remote Hybrid Projects
  • Project Leadership of Building Retrofits for Fuel-switching, Battery Energy Storage Systems and Solar PV

We are leaders in integrating climate action into local government programs and processes in a cost-effective and impactful manner. We continue to support communities on climate mitigation and adaptation planning and completing climate assessments to meet funding requirements for large-scale development projects. Recent project types include but not limited to flood protection, wastewater heat recovery, and biomass combined heat and power.


Our Commitment to You

Are you looking for opportunities to lead challenging initiatives in your community? Join a diverse and supportive group of professionals and take part in impactful work building vibrant communities across Canada. Here’s what you can expect as a team member at Urban Systems:

  • Competitive Compensation - Your skills and contributions are valued. You’ll receive competitive compensation, extended health, dental, vision care coverage, and more!
  • Paid Time Off - We encourage all team members to take time off to recharge and spend time with loved ones. Enjoy 3 weeks of paid vacation to start, in addition to statutory days off throughout the year.
  • Learn and grow - Your professional growth & development is supported here. You are encouraged to take initiative and shape your career through coaching, in-house learning, technical courses, and more.
  • Work with Inter-Disciplinary Teams - Amazing things happen when you mix creativity, curiosity, teamwork, and a strong desire to collaborate and innovate. You will be part of diverse, inter-disciplinary teams to deliver important work for our clients and their communities.
  • Flexible Hours & Work Environment - You have a life outside of work. We offer flexibility in your work schedule and work environment to help you do your best work and meet your commitments.
  • Saving for the Future - To help you achieve your long-term retirement goals, we offer a Long-Term Matching Program that matches your contributions to an RRSP or TSFA.
  • Support through Transitions - You will be supported through life’s moments and transitions, big or small, including generous top-up for parental leave.
  • Create Lasting Community Impact - 98% of Urban Systems employees believe that the work we do is important. Join a team of like-minded leaders and work together to bring impactful community projects to life!


How to Apply

If this describes your background, skills and attributes please visit our website for more information and submit your resume and cover letter. If it doesn’t describe you exactly but you feel you are well suited to this opportunity, we encourage you to apply.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Deadline for applications: December 3, 2021 9:00 AM (PST)


Urban Systems is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive culture for all employees. Our clients come from all walks of life and so do you. We believe that diversity and unity amongst our teams leads to building vibrant communities

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