Landscape Architectural Technician (Services Centre)

Requisition ID: 35068 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

The Arboriculture Development Specialist performs specialized technical work of an arboricultural nature involving responsibility for reviewing proposed development and building plans and arborist reports submitted for Development and Building permit enquiry and applications, working collaboratively with other departments on site coordination, providing guidance to the public and applicants. Considerable independent judgement and action is exercised in the technical aspects of the work, while unusual or controversial matters are discussed with a superior.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Performs development related work including enquiry, screening and processing tree permit applications and works collaboratively with Project Coordinators during the review of Development and Building permit enquiry and applications. Reviews are performed to ensure projects meet provisions of the Protection of Trees Bylaw and address goals of the Urban Forest Strategy.
  • Reviews plans of existing trees and proposed replacement trees at the time of enquiry of development and building permit application, including specifications for tree planting, tree retention and tree protection prior to construction
  • Discusses non-compliance items with applicants and authorizes minor changes to approved plans.
  • Performs collaborative inter-departmental problem solving with Park Board and Engineering to ensure coordinated site plans regarding tree retention and protection, utility placement and site access.
  • Liaises with and provides general Arboricultural advice to customers and internal contacts
  • Interprets and explains applicable by-laws and regulations to the public and applicants.
  • Performs research tasks as required.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Landscape Horticulture, Forestry, Arboriculture or a related field from an accredited post-secondary institution along with some related experience in arboriculture-related work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of tree biology, insects and diseases, and arboricultural practices and construction methods.
  • Considerable knowledge of Protection of Trees Bylaw and regulations and of the departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the work; knowledge of Urban Forest Strategy and arboriculture practices and principles;
  • Working knowledge of current development practices and arboriculture principles.
  • Ability to read and interpret landscape plans and specifications; to advise appropriateness of plans and suggest plan modifications for improvement
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Ability to interpret and explain applicable by-laws, regulations and related requirements to same; ability to perform a variety of inspectional, investigational and evidentiary duties related to the work.
  • Ability to perform various research tasks and to prepare, establish and maintain a variety of records, files, correspondence and reports related to the work
  • Ability to meet transportation requirements


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


Business Unit/Department: Development, Buildings & Licensing (1250) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Parks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2021 

Position End Date: July 10, 2023 

Number of Positions: 2

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-023: $37.12 to $43.82 per hour


Application Close: January 23, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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