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Landscape Development Specialist

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

Main Purpose & Function 

The Landscape Development Specialist (Inspector) performs specialized work of a landscape architectural and arboricultural nature, including landscape plan review with emphasis on inspection and enforcement of the Protection of Trees Bylaw.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conducts site inspections and provides advice to a variety of internal and external contacts including arborists, landscape architects and developers.
  • Reviews proposed development submissions, including legal surveys, architectural plans and landscape plans.
  • Processes and review submissions for non-development and development related tree removal permit applications.
  • Reviews arborist reports and tree risk assessments and provides advice and recommendations.
  • Performs investigational and evidentiary tasks including inspection reporting.
  • Acts as a subject matter witness in a Court of Law.
  • Maintains industry certifications and qualifications at the discretion of the Manager.
  • Effectively liaise with applicants, staff and members of the public.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of applicable by-laws and regulations and of the departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the work.
  • Knowledge of arboriculture practices and principles.
  • Ability to perform inspectional, investigational and evidentiary duties related to the work.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical plans and documents related to the work.
  • Working knowledge of the Protection of Trees By-Law and applicable Zoning By-law and Landscape guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of the development application and permit process.
  • Working knowledge of arboricultural, landscape and construction industry best practices related to tree preservation and replacement on development sites.
  • Ability to write inspection reports and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and make independent decisions on behalf of the Urban Landscape Development team.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.

Membership with the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects is desirable; and eligibility to be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture is desirable.

A current and valid BC Driver’s License is a requirement of this position. The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2020

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-25: $37.97 to $44.83 per hour

Application Close: January 19, 2020

All interested applicants to apply here:

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

City of Vancouver
453 W 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6E 1T4
  • Graduation from an Institute of Technology in Landscape Horticulture or a related discipline plus considerable related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are an ISA Certified Arborist; TRAQ certification preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years as an arborist (or equivalent) is preferred, including experience providing tree retention and mitigation options in the municipal development context.
Luca Patrk
(604) 871-6177
Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.