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City Of Victoria

Senior Planner – Park & Urban Forestry

Employer/Organization: City Of Victoria

Closing: October 19th 2023 4:30 PM PST


Competition #23/206

Internal/External Posting  

Closing date: October 19, 2023


Senior Planner – Park & Urban Forestry (Continuous)  

Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department



The Senior Planner - Park & Urban Forestry position is responsible for providing expert planning support for urban park and urban forest policy development, implementation strategy, and contributing senior planning expertise to various divisional initiatives and programs. 



  • Prepare, oversee, and lead the creation and execution of strategic documents, guidelines and plans related to park and open spaces including urban forestry and make recommendations for policy development.    
  • Provide expert planning support in the ongoing implementation and review of various management plans.
  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary project teams for planning projects and liaise across City departments and with external stakeholders.
  • Perform technical analysis including information collection, best practices review, data analysis, report preparation, summarize findings, and compile recommendations. 
  • Provide advice and recommendations through written reports and presentations to other departments, the City’s Senior Leadership Team and Council on urban park and forest policies, regulations, programs, and initiatives.
  • Respond to technical inquiries from other departments and the public by providing information and advice on park related policy, initiatives, and projects.
  • Determine approach, coordinate, and implement public engagement processes and liaise with other levels of government, external agencies, and other City departments on assigned park planning matters.
  • Manage project budgets and timelines and provide comprehensive progress updates.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Park & Urban Forest Planning on a variety of externally based park initiatives, involving interaction with municipal planning staff on development proposals, assessment of park, open space and greenways acquisition proposals, as well as engagement in site and project planning and design initiatives.
  • Perform related duties where qualified.


  • Work is generated by Council priorities, department work plans, community issues or operational requirements and is assigned and discussed with Supervisor.
  • Work is reviewed through discussions with supervisor and departmental meetings, reports and policy plans receive ongoing review.
  • Issues related to work priorities, policies and project schedules are brought to supervisor’s attention along with corresponding recommendations.


Physical Effort:

  • Normal. 

Mental Effort:           

  • Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports and recommendations. (often)
  • Meet multiple deadlines. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

  • Focus on a variety of source data and detailed drawings for short periods. (frequent)

Work Environment:

  • Office
  • May be required to work irregular hours on occasion, which may include attending Council Meetings, public engagements, and workshops with agencies or other municipalities.



  • Organize and prioritize work.
  • Facilitate public consultation meetings and workshops.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Represent the City and deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.
  • Understand and apply the principles of park and urban planning, including urban forest planning.
  • Read and interpret technical information, architectural drawings, and various legislation.
  • Prepare reports and make presentations.
  • Compose and present proposals and policies.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

  • University undergraduate degree in Urban Planning, Park Planning, Urban Forest Planning, Landscape Architecture, or related field. (4 years)
  • Eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners preferred.


  • 6 years of related planning experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday to Friday, (35 hour work week)

$54.02 per hour, Pay Grade 17 (under review)

Job Code #4298

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.


At the City of Victoria, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we 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.


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