Victoria is a vibrant, diverse and sustainably-focused city, renowned as a global tourist destination, hosting over 3.5 million visitors annually, and a place with excellent quality of life. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, the City of Victoria is home to 92,000 people and is the economic and cultural hub for the region’s 350,000 residents.
The City of Victoria is recruiting for the position of Senior Park Planner, a new role that will lead the research and planning associated with Victoria’s parks, trails and amenities .
Reporting to the Manager, Park Operations, our ideal candidate will bring exceptional communication skills, innovative ideas and strong leadership to the long-term planning, stakeholder engagement, and oversight of practices, policies, and plans.
This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and motivated professional, who enjoys tackling complex challenges, and understands how to acquire and utilize relevant data in decision-making, to effectively meet strategic objectives.
This position requires working in a deadline-focused environment, balancing multiple projects and addressing changing priorities, while providing guidance to a diverse team.
Lead the planning of Victoria’s system of trails, greenways, natural areas, and parks.
Lead the trails and greenways program planning initiatives; assist in development of parks and greenways policy; coordinate land and trail acquisition and tenure initiatives. Maintain parks and greenways database and parks condition assessment database.
Prepare, monitor and lead the development, preparation, implementation of park-specific management plans. Assist in the ongoing implementation and review of the Beacon Hill Park Management Plan.
Lead the planning of a variety of assigned park initiatives and activities, and park capital infrastructure renewal and asset management programs and projects.
Coordinate and collaborate with multi-disciplinary project teams (environment, turf, horticulture, arboriculture, construction, public works, planning); consult with community and park user groups; oversee the work of staff and contractors on park projects; manage project budgets and timelines; report out on progress to various bodies such as the public, community associations, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Council, and senior staff.
Perform technical landscape design work including collecting information, analyzing data, preparing reports, findings, and recommendations; prepare conceptual and detailed drawings and specifications. Perform computer-based tasks using various software.
Assist the Manager of Operations with a variety of externally based park initiatives including liaising with municipal planning staff on development proposals and assessment of park and greenways acquisition proposals; review and monitor Master Development Agreements to ensure compliance with park development requirements.
Work with volunteers, community members, park user groups, community-based project committees; respond to inquiries from the public, park users, and City staff. Prepare, plan and host community open houses. Maintain regular liaison with municipal crews, contractors, consultants, suppliers, government agencies. Develop maps, brochures, photos, fact sheets for public and City use.
Prepare grant and funding proposals; draft professional service agreements; assist in the development of park policies, strategies and bylaws. Prepare reports for Council on various Park planning initiatives.
Consult with, coordinate with and support the work of other Park managers and teams as required.
Perform related duties where qualified.
Department/Division/Section: Parks, Recreation & Facilities / Parks
University undergraduate degree in planning, landscape architecture or related program. (4 years)
Eligible for membership in the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) or Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC).
5 years of parks planning experience
or an equivalent combination of education and experience.