Planner II (#1554)

About Alta

Alta Planning + Design (APD) is an active transportation company dedicated to creating active, healthy communities through planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and education/encouragement programs. Alta was founded in 1996 when cities and communities were calling for safer streets for people walking and bicycling as the non-motorized transportation movement developed into a profession in the United States. We pioneered the field of active transportation, evolving our planning and design work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and getting them to where they need to go.

Our core values and work bring about positive change by creating places that are geared toward moving people rather than cars, connecting community members to daily needs and human experience, and empowering every person to live an active healthy life. As a global leader in mobility innovation for over 24 years with 175 people on staff, we are dedicated to connecting people to places by working across disciplines and scale to address social justice, safety, and environmental resilience.

Alta Planning + Design Canada Inc is a subsidiary of APD with its Canadian headquarters in Ottawa and an office in Toronto.


Summary + Overview

This position is responsible for producing high-quality materials, reports and other deliverables in support of project objectives.


Position Priorities

A general understanding of the field of urban planning, the ability to collaborate across discipline boundaries to support the delivery of solutions which meet client expectations is required in order to successfully meet the requirements of this position.

The essential priorities of this exempt, salaried position are to:

  • Contribute to the production of high-quality plans, reports and analyses.
  • Participate in public outreach and other project deliverables.


Responsibilities + Tasks

Additional responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Applies broad knowledge of planning practices.
  • Independently evaluates, selects, and adapts standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • Responsible for completing tasks and products as assigned independently and at a high level of quality.
  • Independently works on multiple projects of small to moderate size or on portions of major projects.
  • May assist with project management tasks including staff planning, monthly reporting, and client communications.
  • May prepare graphics for proposals or interviews.
  • Utilizes QA/QC procedures, engages in peer review, and may act as qualified reviewer of specific types of analysis.
  • Produces maps utilizing Alta’s branding and templates, with some technical oversight.



This position requires a combination of skills, experience and education including, but not limited to:

  • Post-secondary education in Planning or a related field of study.
  • 0+ years’ experience in a consulting environment or public entity.
  • Working knowledge of, and interest in, the field of active, non-motorized transportation.
  • Working knowledge of the planning process and GIS.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple simultaneous projects, if necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong initiative and the ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Exhibits accuracy, attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Good understanding of MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Workspace apps, Adobe Creative Suite, ESRI ArcGIS, or similar products.


Preferred Skills + Certifications

There are a number of additional skills, experience and education that would be beneficial to this position including, but not limited to:

  • Experience with Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, or similar products.


What We Offer


The pay range for this job in Ottawa, ON is $55,000.00 – $75,000.00 annually. Placement within the range is based upon experience, skill-sets, and qualifications.

Additional benefits: Wellness reimbursement up to $800 annually, Alta Gets Around benefit of up to $900 annually, 5-year travel award, and professional development opportunities.

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