The Park Planner is a senior position responsible for design, construction and project management of urban design, park, public open space and urban design projects with both major and minor capital budgets. The work is conducted at various scales from city-wide initiatives to community, neighbourhood and site specific planning, design and construction. This position reports to the Manager, Parks Planning, Design and Construction, and works closely with Parks Operations and Parks Program staff.
Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or a related discipline; supplemented by a minimum of 5 years related experience, including experience with municipal development review and approval processes, and project management experience with a wide range of park and public open space planning, design and construction projects.
- Knowledge of landscape design principles and practices, landscape construction methods and materials and of horticultural techniques and practices.
- Knowledge of the policies, procedures and bylaws governing the work.
- Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures applicable to municipal planning.
- Ability to develop conceptual plans and prepare or oversee preparation of detailed design and specifications for park and trail developments.
- Ability to organize and conduct public meetings, prepare graphic presentations, collect public input and resolve conflicting demands.
- Ability to coordinate the implementation of park and trail development projects with other municipal staff and monitor the work in progress.
- Ability to liaise with a variety of internal and external contacts, to provide advice and assistance on park projects to departmental staff and members of the public, and to represent the department as required.
- Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
- Ability to assist in selecting and overseeing the work of consultants.
- Ability to direct the work of technical staff as required.
- Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Ability to use REDMS or a similar records management system.
- Skill in drafting and the use of graphic arts tools, equipment and mapping technologies such as Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, AutoCad/VectorWorks.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with considerable independent judgement and minimal supervision.
- Ability to manage construction budgets.
- Ability to successfully clear a Police Information Check.