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Landscape Architect

Requisition ID: 37724


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, 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 and Function

The Landscape Architect I performs professional and administrative work of moderate complexity in Engineering related to public realm planning and landscape architecture.  This position is responsible for the preparation of conceptual plans, detailed designs, design review, and project management for public space projects and for carrying these projects through to completion.  In addition, the position supervises a Landscape Designer and provides professional guidance to technical and operational staff and to outside consultants and contractors.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Project Manager II and works closely with a team of Civil Engineers, Planners, Landscape Designers, and Engineering Assistants who are responsible for the design and implementation of plazas, parklets and other placemaking projects.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provides landscape and urban design leadership, forward thinking, policy and design expertise.
  • Works cross-functionally with other City departments and community stakeholders.
  • Provides project management for specific implementation projects with an emphasis on landscape architecture and public realm design.
  • Prepares plans and graphic materials to support the exploration of design concepts.
  • Prepares detailed landscape design drawings for construction; including specifications for grading, site layout, materials, street furniture and planting.
  • Prepares cost estimates for public realm and landscape projects.
  • Provides professional guidance to technical and operational staff and to outside consultants and contractors.
  • Examines and checks plans, produced by others, in the preliminary and working drawing stages for suitability of layout, accuracy, constructability and accessibility
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

University graduation with specialization in landscape architecture and a minimum of two years' experience in landscape design and development or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Eligibility for registration as a Professional Landscape Architect in the Province of British Columbia.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of landscape architectural principles, methods and practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of landscape construction methods, materials and ongoing operations and maintenance needs.
  • Knowledge of governmental, legal and financial procedures for municipal development and of the City by-laws relative to infrastructure implementation.
  • Strong knowledge or skill in preparing visual concept plans, presentation materials and using computer software such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint, AutoCAD, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and SketchUp.
  • Creative, collaborative and innovative team player
  • Strong leadership and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience developing and managing consultant contracts, including scopes of work, requests for proposals and contract execution.
  • Ability to prepare preliminary drawings, sketch plans, construction drawings, specifications and cost estimates for a variety of transportation projects.
  • Ability to provide field reviews and evaluation of public infrastructure installations during and post construction.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, consultants, contractors and other employees.
  • Ability to work independently and to provide professional interdisciplinary advice and technical guidance while functioning effectively in a team environment

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2023 

Position End Date: February, 2025

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $47.57 to $56.25 per hour

Application Close: January 29, 2023

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, 2SLGBTQ+ 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. 

City of Vancouver
453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4
Elizabeth Chow
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.