Planner I (Landscape) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 29098 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
Performs specialized professional landscape architectural work within the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department.  The work includes providing landscape architectural guidance to applicants and other departments during the review of rezoning applications and complex development projects; contributing specialized landscape knowledge during the development of new standards and practices and assisting the Manager with the supervision of Landscape Development Specialist staff (LDS). The Landscape Development Planner will also be responsible for assisting in the implementation of recent policies including the Urban Forest Strategy, Access to Nature and green infrastructure planning and design.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists the Manager of Urban Landscape Development with the administration of the division, including training new staff, assigning and reviewing work, and developing new procedures and process guidelines.
  • Performs research and assists the Manager and other Planners in the preparation of new policies and landscape design guidelines.
  • Performs rezoning and complex development project reviews and processes development and building permit applications, to ensure compliance with the Zoning and Development By-law, the Protection of Trees By-law, and all relevant policies, guidelines and standards as adopted by Council. 
  • Provides guidance for applicants and other departments on design of public realm interface, private property open spaces, building and site design for tree retention and other urban design principles, application of green infrastructure design and planting, hardscape, grading and drainage details.
  • Works independently and supervises the work of assigned staff  provides technical and process guidance; reviews reports and design conditions prepared by LDS staff for the Director of Planning; reviews reports prepared by inspections staff for submission to the City Prosecutor.
  • Assists in the preparation and presentation of reports to Committees of Council or civic boards; attends committees of Council, and other civic and outside meetings to make presentations and answer questions related to Major Projects and Re-zonings; assists the Manager of Urban Landscape Development and/or Assistant Director of Planning and Urban Design in preparing and making presentations to Council. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Landscape Architecture or similar
  • A preferred minimum of five years related professional experience and some supervisory experience.
  • Eligibility for membership in the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects or the Canadian Institute of Planners is desired.
  • Certification through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as a Certified Arborist is desired.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of landscape architecture, urban planning; policy development; municipal planning and development processes; and environmental planning and urban sustainability initiatives.
  • Considerable experience with large scale projects such as rezoning’s and complex development projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture and development projects.  Considerable knowledge of landscape construction methods, materials, tools and equipment.  Experience with reviewing sketch plans, specifications and preliminary cost estimates for a variety of development projects.
  • Sound knowledge of planning and research methodologies.
  • Ability to achieve multiple program objectives within defined timelines.
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing including excellent report writing skills.
  • Ability to perform moderately complex technical research and prepare reports independently.
  • Ability to supervise technical staff.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and make recommendations.
  • Ability to work effectively with the citizens, City staff and officials, and other interested groups.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2021 

Position End Date: November, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: April 23, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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