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WSP Canada

Engagement Specialist / Junior Urban Planner

Edmonton, AB
Full Time
5 days ago
The Opportunity

WSP is currently seeking an Engagement Specialist/Junior Urban Planner to join the Planning team, located at our Edmonton office. Reporting to the Western Canadian Community Engagement Lead, the Engagement Specialist/Junior Urban Planner will be responsible for assisting staff with various engagement and planning tasks such as but not limited to engagement design, community outreach, facilitation, writing, planning policy and regulation, current and long range planning.

Why WSP?
  • We value and are committed to upholding a culture of Inclusion and Belonging
  • Our Flexible Work Policy - we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.
  • Our Hybrid Work Policy - a combination of in-person and remote working, enables us to purposefully think of how we work, who we need to work with, and where the work should be done.
  • A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.
  • Enhance the world around you - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, WSP is the fabric of Canada.
  • Outstanding career opportunities - we're growing and pushing ourselves every day to be greater than yesterday - we're open to your ideas and trying new things.
  • A phenomenal collaborative culture and a workforce filled with genuinely good people who are doing humbly important work. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.

We offer attractive pay, flexible work options, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.


A day in the life:
  • Perform professional work related to a variety of engagement, facilitation, and planning assignments
  • Present to a diverse range and size of audiences from the general public to various community/business/government groups
  • Provide professional planning services to the business, industry, government, stakeholders, and broader communities
  • Undertake a variety of tasks related to stakeholder and public engagement projects
  • Administer permitting/development applications under the guidance of senior planners
  • Research and develop policies for municipal development plans, secondary plans, and zoning by-laws
  • Planning policy and zoning interpretation/administration for municipal and land development clients
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and other business development activities
  • Undertake research and analysis of various scenarios and formal presentation of analysis
  • Effectively communicate with provincial government agencies, municipalities, private industry, special interest groups, organizations and institutions
  • Conduct research and prepare various technical background documents to support various projects
  • Act as a liaison between clients and approving authorities; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you'll bring to WSP ...
  • A degree in Community Planning, Urban Planning, and / or related field
  • A full membership (RPP), or eligibility, of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI)
  • IAP2 training and membership would be considered an asset
  • One to three years of progressively responsible engagement and planning experience
  • Experience designing, leading, and facilitating meetings, information sessions, workshops, would be considered and asset
  • Aptitude and ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Analytical, creative, decision-making, and strategic skills and a proven ability to reach sound decisions and to resolve complex challenges, and,
  • Excellent time-management skills.

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.


  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY.