Landscape Development Specialist

Requisition ID: 40796 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, 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, reconciliation, 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 & Function
The Landscape Development Specialist performs specialized technical work of a landscape architectural nature involving responsibility for reviewing proposed landscape plans and specifications submitted for Development Applications, working collaboratively with other departments on site coordination, providing guidance to the public and applicants and assisting with research on sustainable landscape development.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Performs development related work including screening and processing development applications and working collaboratively with Development Planners and Project Coordinators during the review of conditional permit applications. Reviews are performed to ensure projects meet provisions of the Protection of Trees Bylaw, Design Guidelines, various planning policies.
  • 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.
  • Provides general landscape development advice to public.
  • Performs research tasks as required.
  • Considerable independent judgement and action is exercised in the technical aspects of the work, while unusual or controversial maters are discussed with a superior.
  • Work performance is reviewed in terms of conformance to established policies and procedures, efficiency intime management and the quality of services rendered.


Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Landscape Architecture plus sound related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge and recent experience in: landscape architectural design principles, methods and practices and landscape construction methods and materials and practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable by-laws and regulations and of the departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the work; knowledge of green infrastructure and arboriculture practices and principles;
  • Working knowledge of current development practices and urban design principles.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and to interpret and explain applicable by-laws, regulations and related requirements to same; ability to perform a variety of investigational and evidentiary duties related to the work.
  • Membership with the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects is desirable; and eligibility to be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture is desirable.


Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May 2024 

Position End Date: April 2025 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-025: $43.78 to $51.7 per hour


Application Close: April 17, 2024

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders 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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