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Park Planner I

Position Title: Park Planner I
Position Status: Full-Time Temporary (This position to last not later than March 1, 2024)
Department: Parks & Environment
Employee Group: Teamsters Local 31
Location: Parks East Area
Salary Range/ Wage Rate: Flexible work schedule as per 11.1 (f) of the Collective Agreement

The Park Planner will focus on site level park planning and design. The park planner supports implementation of park management plans, operational planning, and basic improvements to park facilities. Upcoming projects include design and construction of greenway trails, staging areas, a nature play area, and erosion control mitigation. This park planner supports archaeological resource management and First Nation engagement for park projects. The park planner works closely with biologists, operations, and other staff to find creative solutions and deliver projects. They also lead public/partner consultation for park projects and liaises with member municipalities and agencies, leading review of external projects that affect regional parks.

You are: A Park Planner skilled in analysis, design, collaboration, planning and managing consultants.

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 discipline. 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 co-ordinate information to and from operations, field and property staff.
  • Ability to perform technical research, to exercise creative skills and the use of sound judgement 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 Licence.

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 November 29, 2022.

Metro Vancouver Regional District
4515 Central Boulevard
Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6
Human Resources
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.