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Landscape Development Specialist - City of Vancouver


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and we are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers.

With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

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

Main Purpose and Function
The Landscape Development Specialist performs specialized technical work of a landscape architectural nature involving responsibility for reviewing proposed landscape plans and specifications submitted for Development Applications, working collaboratively with other departments on site coordination, providing guidance to the public and applicants and assisting with research on sustainable landscape development.  

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs development related work including screening and processing outright  development applications and working collaboratively with Development Planners and Project Coordinators during the review of conditional permit applications.  Reviews are performed to ensure projects meet provisions of the Protection of Trees Bylaw and address goals of the Urban Forest Strategy, Access to Nature and Green Infrastructure initiatives.
  • Performs collaborative inter-departmental problem solving with Park Board and Engineering to ensure coordinated site plans regarding tree retention and protection, utility placement and site access.
  • Provides general landscape development advice through Enquiry Counter and phone service.
  • Performs research tasks as required.
  • Considerable independent judgement and action is exercised in the technical aspects of the work, while unusual or controversial maters are discussed with a superior.

Work performance is reviewed in terms of conformance to established policies and procedures and the quality of services 



  • University graduation in Landscape Architecture plus sound related experience; or 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.
  • Considerable knowledge and recent experience in: landscape architectural design principles, methods and practices and landscape construction methods and materials and of ornamental horticultural techniques and practices
  • 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;
  • Working knowledge of current development practices and urban design principles.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and to interpret and explain applicable by-laws, regulations and related requirements to same; ability to perform a variety of inspectional, investigational and evidentiary duties related to the work.
  • 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. Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.
Luca Patrk
(604) 871-6177
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.