Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, West Vancouver is a vibrant community on the North Shore and home to parks, beaches, and to sports, recreation and arts amenities. We are seeking employees with a passion for public service who share our commitment to creating a complete, inclusive and livable community. Our dedicated staff deliver services, operate facilities and run the programs that enhance the well-being of our community.
The West Vancouver Parks Department is currently seeking Permanent Full-Time Parks Planning & Project Specialist to coordinate and support parks planning and design projects to support the District’s long-term direction on key parks, trail networks, and public open space. Reporting to the Manager, Parks Planning & Development, this position is responsible for:
- Developing long and short range planning strategies for park system planning projects and individual park master plans by coordinating with other District departments;
- Preparing conceptual plans, overseeing the preparation of detailed designs for parks or open space development, and implementing the corrective action plans to mitigate impacts to project schedules and overall objectives;
- Managing the work of consultants and contractors during the design, tendering and construction of park projects;
- Preparing, monitoring, and overseeing project related budgets;
- Representing the department on internal and external community engagement and consulting on matters pertaining to park planning activities;
- Reviewing development applications to ensure to meet District objectives pertaining to parks and the public realm;
- Preparing and presenting reports/presentations for Council, committees, and the public;
- Updating and maintaining the Parks Asset Management database within the District;
- Participating in other duties and special projects as assigned.
The preferred candidate will possess: considerable knowledge of municipal, provincial, and federal policies, regulations, standards, bylaws, and other objectives governing the work, including current literature, trends, and issues; strong project management skills including construction documentation and contract administration; ability to coordinate and manage public consultation processes and activities with various internal and external stakeholders; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; proficiency in relevant software programs including computerized design and drafting software (Vectorworks preferred); and a valid BC Driver’s License and vehicle are required.
The successful candidate will be required to supply a police information check and a copy of their credentials. The successful candidate is also required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of hire.
The successful candidate has completed a degree in Landscape Architecture or Parks Administration, Landscape Architecture, and Planning, or other related field plus considerable experience in Project Management or an equivalent combination of education and experience; registration or eligibility for registration in the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects.