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Park Planner I

Position Status: Full-Time Temporary (Maternity leave backfill, this position to last not later than December 15, 2023)

Department: Parks & Environment

Employee Group: Teamsters Local 31

Location: Parks Central Area (located in Burnaby Lake Regional Park)

Salary Range/ Wage Rate: PG T28 $3,246.55 - $3,835.98 bi-weekly


Our Parks and Environment Department is seeking a Park Planner I who will lead specialized park planning assignments involving research, zoning, land acquisition and development, landscape architectural design, and general park and recreational planning activities. The position will oversee cultural resource information, work with First Nation partners and lead community engagement processes to determine suitable land use, design, site management, and facility requirements within Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. The Park Planner is expected to act as a liaison with internal and external partners and organizations.

You value a team environment working towards common goals.  You have considerable experience and knowledge in parks or environmental planning and leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects.  You are passionate about nature and the environment.


This role:

  • Performs assignments which involve specialized aspects of park planning such as research, zoning, land acquisition and development, landscape architectural design or general park and recreational planning activities.
  • Prepares Terms of Reference and work programs and plans, assigns, supervises and checks the work of consultants and of internal staff assigned to specific projects.
  • Conducts studies, co-ordinates information to and from operations, field and property staff, prepares related reports and answers enquiries from private and public agencies.
  • Gathers and assesses general information, statistics, consulting reports and submissions from private and public agencies on park development, land use proposals and management of various outdoor recreational facilities.
  • Prepares preliminary master site plans and cost estimates for acquisition and development of assigned regional parks and implements approved proposals.
  • Consults with and advises a variety of internal and external contacts on park planning, recreation, and open space matters.
  • Performs related work as required.


To be successful, you have:

  • University graduation in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences or closely related disciplines. Considerable park planning experience, some supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture or recreational planning or environmental sciences.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of park planning and of departmental functions, procedures and objectives.
  • Sound knowledge of governmental and legal procedures related to park planning and development.
  • Ability to establish priorities in park planning programs and assignments and to coordinate information to and from operations, field and property staff.
  • Ability to perform technical research, to exercise creative skills and the use of sound judgment in planning for park developments and to prepare related reports.
  • Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and check the work of consultants and of staff assigned to special projects.
  • Ability to implement park planning proposals following approval of same by superior.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to act in a liaison capacity coordinating the work of special assignment groups and to relate such work to recreation groups and various levels of government.
  • Valid British Columbia Driver's License.


Our Vision: 

Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve.  We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous People, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, all genders and persons with disabilities. 

Metro Vancouver requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any exemptions and accommodations) and provide proof of vaccination upon hire.  Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by August 5, 2022.

Metro Vancouver Regional District
4515 Central Boulevard
Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6
Sabrina Sahota
(604) 307-0299
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.