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Parks & Trails Visitor Experience Planner

Do you have thorough knowledge of park and trail planning & design, wayfinding and interpretive graphic design methods, the ability to set visitor experience asset design standards? Do you have experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and enjoy working with the public and as part of a team? If so, we want you on our Parks Services Team!

As the successful candidate, you will provide functional planning and implementation of park visitor use experience assets and infrastructure that provide meaningful information and guidance for visitors in the Regional District’s Parks systems. You will utilize your creative, practical, and planning skills to develop a system of non-personal wayfinding and interpretation displays throughout all RDCO parks and will assist in the overall planning aspects of the Regional District’s Parks and Trails system. You will:

  1. Create and implement critical system-wide park visitor experience programs including: park and trial wayfinding, regulatory, and non-personal interpretation displays.
  2. Assist in the development and updating of park design guideline standards.
  3. Develop design drawings, details, technical specifications, schedule of quantities and cost estimates for tendering and implementation.
  4. Undertake contract administration and supervision of various parks & trails visitor experience projects.
  5. Assist and provide recommendations towards the preparation of parks & trails development and management plans, such as:
    • Research and analysis
    • Preparation of parks & trails concept plans
    • Cost estimating and implementation
  6. Assist in the presentation of various parks & trails visitor experience plans to RDCO staff, members of the public and elected officials.
  7. Assist in the design and implementation of an engaging public interactive displays at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) or any other RDCO Parks facility and ensure they are relevant and updated on a regular schedule.
  8. Assist in the maintenance of the Parks Geographic Information System (GIS) database for all park & trails visitor experience infrastructure.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

We are looking for someone who has a minimum of 3 years of work experience, preferably in a parks or natural environment setting and diploma in Landscape Architectural Technology, Landscape Architecture, a Park Planning related discipline and/or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience. You will have demonstrable experience in the development of wayfinding and non-personal interpretation signage, experience in identifying and preparing visitor experience opportunities, development plans and budgets as well as administering allocated resources and have experience in park and trail use planning. In addition, you will have thorough knowledge of graphic design methods, practices, and techniques, knowledge in identifying target market and audience needs and matching them to visitor experience opportunities, and demonstrable skills in utilizing graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

This position will work 35 hours/week, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work to meet program needs and pays 36.93 per hour.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan offers a variety of perks from dental, health and vision benefits, paid vacation, pension plan, training and development, opportunities for advancement, work-life balance, on-site parking, and the opportunity to contribute and make a change within the community.

View the full job description and apply at rdco.com/jobs by August 7th, 2022.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is an employer of choice made up of a dedicated team of people who care about the community we serve. We are located in one of the most desirable places to live in BC, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. The appeal of Okanagan Lake and the natural beauty of the surroundings continue to draw people to the valley. Our lifestyle is second to none especially for those who live to enjoy the outdoors.

Education: 

Diploma in Landscape Architectural Technology, Landscape Architecture, a Park Planning related discipline.

Experience: 

3 years of work experience, preferably in a parks or natural environment setting

Location: 
Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Canada
Contact: 
Human Resources
Phone: 
(250) 469-6249
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Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.