Internal Posting (Open to Current City of Victoria Employees)
Closing date: December 8, 2022
Senior Landscape Architect (2 Continuous)
Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department
This position develops, coordinates, and executes capital work plans, major projects such as development of new parks or park redevelopments, strategic and long-term park planning efforts, and park master plans that guide the overall development and delivery of the City’s parks, recreation and natural systems, and plays a lead role in park planning, design and development, park renewals and upgrades to park infrastructure. This work involves overseeing the procurement of consultants and contractors, park planning, design, and community engagement, and working with City committees, City Council, the development community, partners, stakeholders and community members. The work also involves directing the work of junior staff including Landscape Architects and Design Technicians.
Reporting to the Manager of Park Design and Development, this position works closely with Park Planning and Urban Forestry staff, Parks Operations staff and Recreation staff. The position also works cross-departmentally within the City with a focus on capital initiatives in Parks and Engineering Active Transportation. The position also assists in maintaining external relationships with developers, partners, stakeholders, non-profits, senior levels of government, and other agencies.
Serve as a project manager and lead junior staff on complex projects including organizing and developing project terms of reference, scope and requests for proposals, oversees consultant teams and supervises professional, technical, and clerical staff engaged on project, and administers budget.
Lead the planning, design and implementation of a variety of assigned park project initiatives and activities, and park capital infrastructure renewal and development projects such as park structures, playgrounds, sports fields, trails and greenways, storm water systems, and other related facilities. Prepare, monitor and lead the development, preparation, implementation of park management plans.
Plan and conduct consultation with the public, stakeholders and other departments and agencies on matters related to projects and assignments, and answer enquiries from the public.
Represent the department at meetings with Council, neighbourhood and professional groups, cross-departmental staff teams, working groups, and internal and external committees to make presentations and provide guidance and advice. Liaise with other sections on design and construction projects and issues.
Lead and coordinate multi-disciplinary project teams (environment, turf, horticulture, arboriculture, construction, public works, planning); consult with community and park user groups; manage project budgets and timelines; report on progress to various bodies such as the public, community associations, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Council, and senior staff.
Provide supervision of up to three staff. Oversee the work of, and provide instruction to staff and contractors on park projects. Provide technical supervision while continuing to perform day to day duties.
Perform technical park design work including collecting information, analyzing data, preparing reports, summarizing findings, and making recommendations; prepare conceptual and detailed technical drawings and specifications. Perform computer-based design and drafting tasks using AutoCAD, graphic design, project management and word processing software.
Assist the Manager of Park Development with a variety of external park initiatives including liaising with municipal planning staff on development proposals, assessing park and greenways acquisition proposals, assessing third-party park improvement proposals, and undertaking site and project planning and design initiatives.
Lead community consultation initiatives including engagement with volunteers, community members, park user groups, and community-based project committees. Respond to inquiries from the public, park users, and City staff. Prepare, plan and host community open houses. Maintain regular communication with municipal crews, contractors, consultants, suppliers, government agencies. Develop maps, brochures, photos, fact sheets for public and City use.
Prepare grant and funding proposals; negotiate professional service agreements; assist in the development of park policies, strategies, and bylaws. Prepare reports for Council on various Park planning initiatives, including reports of a sensitive, confidential or complex nature (i.e. briefing notes for the Director and In-Camera reports to Council). Attend City Council and staff meetings as required, and other civic and external meetings to represent the department and to make presentations and answer questions (including weekday evenings and weekends).
Coordinate project communication materials internally and externally (web, written etc.).
Conduct and manage park construction project records (oversight function).
Perform related duties where qualified.
Work is governed by broad guidelines requiring considerable judgement and initiative to interpret policy in planning and implementing major projects and work assignments.
Periods of intense concentration while preparing reports and recommendations. (often)
Meet multiple deadlines. (often)
Focus on a variety of source data and detailed drawings for short periods. (frequent)
Presence on work site. (occasional)
KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of park planning, landscape architecture, policy development, arboriculture, urban planning and landscape design; municipal parks and recreation trends; municipal planning and development processes; municipal capital project approval processes (building and development permits, trade permits, construction permits); and environmental planning and urban sustainability initiatives including best management practices, policies and legislation relating to park planning and construction.
Considerable knowledge of landscape construction methods, materials, tools and equipment including but not limited to soils and growing mediums, the planting of trees, shrubs and groundcovers, irrigation systems, site utilities, carpentry, pavements, small retaining walls, landscape structures, fencing and utilities.
Considerable knowledge of construction tendering, contracts, and contract administration processes for landscape construction and park development.
Sound knowledge of park planning and social research methodologies, and of community recreation resources and programs in parks.
Ability to achieve multiple objectives within defined timelines, work on complex projects, budgets and manage consultant and contractor teams effectively.
Ability to communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, including excellent report writing skills.
Ability to develop and manage capital programs and multiple project plans, schedules and budgets, and track and report financial information.
Ability to perform complex technical research and prepare reports independently.
Ability to supervise technical and professional staff.
Ability to communicate ideas and make recommendations on park and recreation needs.
Ability to work effectively other City staff, with City officials with staff of outside agencies, and with other interested groups including citizen groups.
Strong knowledge or skill in preparing visual concept plans, presentation materials and using computer software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, AutoCAD, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Sketch Up.
Ability to work safely on job sites.
Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:
University degree in Landscape Architecture or a related field. (4 years)
Membership in the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA); or eligible for and able to obtain membership within six months of assuming the position.
Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in park planning, design and construction;
or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Supervisory experience preferred.
Experience leading and working with interdisciplinary project teams.
Experience evaluating proposals, communicating complex ideas, and making sound recommendations.
Experience in overseeing and directing the work of construction contractors and negotiating change orders.
Experience overseeing park and landscape protection measures during construction including tree protection, soil, storm water management, archaeological resources, and utility coordination.
Experience supervising staff.
May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.
Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 35 hour work week
$57.29 per hour, Pay Grade 19 (Under Review)
Job Code #4443
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