City of Coquitlam

Planning Assistant 1
Posting Date: 
March 12, 2018 - March 26, 2018

The City of Coquitlam is the sixth largest city in B.C. with home to more than 140,000 residents.  Our municipality continues to grow through development of our green spaces, arts & culture, urban design and state-of-the art transportation systems. Our brand is built on managing our resources in a responsible and sustainable manner while supporting a vibrant, growing regional urban centre.


Come join a BC Top 100 Employer! We are currently recruiting for a regular full-time Planning Assistant 1 to join our team of professionals in the Development Planning Division of the Planning and Development Department. 


As the successful candidate your responsibilities will focus on customer service, including but not limited to: answering public inquiries; providing a variety of detailed technical information, interpretation and assistance on development applications, bylaw requirements, and related policies to home owners,  developers, the general public, internal departments, and external agencies. Further, this position will support the overall day-to-day work of the Development Services Division. This work will include technical and clerical work related to the preparation of maps or other visual materials, as well as, understanding of the City’s Zoning Bylaw, Official Community Plan, and other relevant bylaws and planning related policies. You will also conduct research, assemble background material on various departmental issues for review by senior staff.  


The ideal candidate should possess a diploma or university degree in planning or a related discipline supplemented by technical courses related to the work plus sound related experience, preferably in a Municipal Government setting, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Further, the ideal candidate should demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of a Zoning Bylaw, Official Community Plan, Design Guidelines and the Local Government Act applicable to the work.
  • Sound knowledge of Planning Principles.
  • Sound knowledge of departmental functions, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Proven experience in customer service.
  • Ability to interpret moderately-complex technical information, policies and procedures and explain them to the public.
  • Ability to conduct accurate and independent research in support of planning issues, using various sources and to use software applications to analyze, interpret and make recommendations based on information obtained.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, to prepare and present reports and maintain records.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
  • Skill in the use of drafting, mapping and other graphic design software.
  • Ability to function as a team player.


The City offers a very competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. 


Please apply on-line at by 5:00 pm March 26, 2018.


The City of Coquitlam is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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