Senior Landscape Specialist (ID: 44328)

Posted July 27, 2022 - Closes August 10, 2022

Landscaping plays a key role in shaping our urban neighbourhoods and is a primary determinant of our city's environmental, financial and social sustainability. The development industry supports this sustainability by contributing $13 million annually in landscaping infrastructure to the City of Edmonton, through the development process. To mitigate long term maintenance liabilities, the Senior Landscape Specialist ensures developer contributed landscaping infrastructure meet all appropriate requirements prior to acceptance into City inventory. 

This is an exciting opportunity that combines the fields of Landscape Architecture and Engineering to ensure that private developers comply with the key deliverables of serving agreements, specifically in the area of landscape inspections. This is done in support of the City Plan implementation, where this position leads the team responsible for the City's acceptance of developer-contributed landscaping infrastructure. Your success will be measured by your ability to achieve results in a respectful, inclusive and service-minded way.

With a focus on the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Commitments to Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, you will:

  • Provide operational coordination and technical support to ensure compliance with Servicing Agreement deadlines, and facilitating Construction Completion Certificate and Final Acceptance Certificate approvals, while ensuring landscape infrastructure is reviewed and approved to meet quality requirements of the City of Edmonton
  • Solve complex onsite issues by working with various City and private industry groups
  • Represent the City in discussions and negotiations with private land developers, consultants, and contractors
  • Using project management principles, support the update of all landscape-related content of the City’ Design and Construction Standards and Specifications, which is an eight-volume collection that governs the design and construction of City-owned improvements and have a direct and significant impact on City Plan implementation
  • Ensure regular integration and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders in relation to the update of the Standards and Specifications
  • Provide leadership and subject matter expertise in the development and updating of the Landscape Inspection Guidelines, including collaboration with the private development industry
  • Provide supervision to a team of landscape technicians and forestry specialists, including managing performance if required
  • Provide leadership and change management support to Department realignment work specific to the integration of on and off site landscape inspections
  • Continuously identify and implement process improvements
  • Gather inspection data throughout the landscape season, then analyze and interpret the data to produce meaningful insights and present in user-friendly formats
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering or landscape architecture; a combination of engineering and landscape education and experience is ideal
  • Must be a professional engineer eligible for registration with APEGA or a landscape architect eligible for registration with AALA (or provincial equivalent)
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in management, construction, and/or maintenance, preferably in landscape architecture
  • At least 2 years of experience managing a team of technical staff
  • Working knowledge of City of Edmonton land development processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of landscape design and construction and the City of Edmonton Design and Construction Standards is an asset
  • Demonstrated project management skills; training or certification in project management is an asset
  • Strong supervisory skills to coach, mentor and lead a team in a professional technical team environment
  • Superior leadership skills and the capacity to effectively perform in a multi-departmental environment
  • Strong business acumen and stakeholder management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage issues between departments, to influence and obtain agreement between Department representatives without reliance on a single direct reporting line
  • Strong mediation and negotiations skills; there are frequent opportunities to use these skills to satisfy staff, other Department representatives, landowners, and consulting engineers and landscape architects
  • Experience analyzing problems, making decisions promptly, and able to communicate those decisions effectively
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to develop strong, strategic, relationships and deliver work in a collaborative, integrated manner
  • Proven planning, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Ability and willingness to delegate to and empower others
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results in the context of a respectful, inclusive and service-minded style
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver's licence (or provincial equivalent)
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results in the context of a respectful, inclusive and service-minded style
  • Demonstrate service excellence, embracing diversity and promoting inclusiveness
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Cultural Commitments of Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, fostering an environment for others to do the same. For more information on the City’s Cultural Commitments, please visit (
  • Demonstrate the foundational competencies, key behaviours and attributes of the City’s six leadership competencies: Courage, Inclusivity, Values-Based Influencer, Collaborative Networker, Systems Thinker and Creative Innovator.  For more information on the City’s leadership competencies, please visit (
  • Applicants may be tested

Management and Out-of-Scope positions at the City of Edmonton are being reviewed for possible inclusion in the Civic Service Union 52 bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.

The City of Edmonton is committed to inclusive, respectful and equitable workplaces that represent the communities we serve. We continuously improve our systems, policies and practices to remove barriers and ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. We value applicants with a diverse range of skills, experiences and competencies, and encourage you to apply. To learn more, see the Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework here:

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Hours of Work: 36.9 per week, Monday to Friday

Salary: $85,443 - $122,061 (Annually)

Classification Title :   PT3 - Landscape Architect
Posting Date :   Jul 27, 2022
Closing Date :   Aug 10, 2022 11:59:00 PM (MDT)
Number of Openings (up to) :   1   -   Permanent   Full-time
Union :   Management
Department :   Planning and Environment Services
Work Location(s) :  8th Floor Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue  Edmonton T5J 0J4


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