Landscape Architect

Posted October 20, 2018 - Closes December 31, 2018
Fort McMurray

Landscape Architect

Public Works Department

CUPE 1505



Position Type/ Hours:

This is a permanent full-time position working forty (40) hours per week within the Parks and Roads Services Branch of the Public Works Department. This position is within the CUPE 1505 Bargaining Unit. This position is located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s urban centre.


Position Description:

Under limited supervision, work with broad assignments, manage capital projects such as landscape architecture and provide professional advice and guidance for proposals, plans, designs and standards; direct contractors and consultants to ensure cost, quantity and quality control in compliance with engineering servicing standards, contract specifications, and other resources; and approve major capital project design and urban/rural subdivision development.


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Review, comment, and approve community master plans, urban and rural subdivision development/redevelopment proposals, both regional and private, in accordance with established policies, procedures, engineering standards, and land use bylaws.
  • Review and comment on key park plans, parks and outdoor recreation master plans, area structure plans, land use zoning, permits, policies and standards, and identify current gaps in planning supports/resources.
  • Review and implement/update relative parks master plans.
  • Understand best practices and liaise with other park planning professionals for implementing key park plans, policies, municipal bylaws and standards.  Conduct necessary information gathering when warranted.
  • Develop a framework for updating plans, policies, municipal bylaws and standards, including the need for public and stakeholder consultation.
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to municipal staff.
  • Develop, implement and keep current a public contact program on effective communication and meaningful public engagement. Implement updated plans, policies and standards relative to the municipal engineering standards (section10).
  • In partnership with various stakeholders, identify and develop opportunities for cultural and leisure activities in open spaces.
  • Consult with and inform the public, community user groups and other key stakeholders as required to ensure user needs and interests are met.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance for projects, proposals, short and long-term plans, designs, and standards for parks and open space development and landscaping.
  • Review, analyze, evaluate bids and make recommendations for award of contract for parks and recreation capital projects.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate for approval, construction related expenditures against project budgets to ensure cost effectiveness, eliminate misuse and duplication of funds and update project financial status on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide performance, quantity and quality control through sound planning skills.
  • Inspect projects for deficiencies, review and analyze test results, enforce rectification of deficiencies and recommend for approval construction completion and final acceptance certificates.
  • Assist in the overview of construction projects during the warranty/ maintenance period to ensure that design/construction deficiencies are corrected as required.
  • Direct consultants and contractors to ensure cost, quantity and quality control in compliance with engineering servicing standards, municipal bylaws, contract specifications, related master plans, and other resources.
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Degree in Landscape Architecture from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Three (3) years’ related experience in landscape architecture project development.
  • Eligibility for membership in the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) or the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and experience in a municipal environment are all assets.


You will possess the following:

  • Valid Alberta Class Five (5) driver’s licence.
  • Ability to evaluate site plans for adherence to landscape development/architectural standards and contract specifications and formalize, prepare and present technical reports.
  • Proficiency with computer applications is required.
  • Above average communication, written, leadership, interpersonal, planning, mentoring, coaching, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to achieve self-set goals and targets with independent initiative; and motivation and commitment to be successful.
  • Position requires intense and continuous mental activities and requires outdoor fieldwork in all weather conditions.
  • Proven ability to read and interpret engineering and landscaping plans, drawing and specifications.
  • Proven ability to acquire a sound working knowledge of pertinent municipal bylaws and standards.
  • Valid First Aid certification is an asset.


Pay Level:


PL 13


Salary Range:

$47.45 (Start Rate)                               

$55.90 (Permanent Rate)

*Permanent rate effective after twelve (12) months of employment.

**All CUPE Job rates are under review and are subject to change



In addition to the rate of pay, we offer other attractive incentives:


-an extensive employer paid benefits plan

-an additional annual payment of $12,480 which represents a cost of living allowance 


Requisition Number:



Closing Date:


Open until filled

Posting Type:

Internal & External (Posted: October 20, 2018   Original CUPE 1505 Closing Date: October 28, 2018)



To apply:  Please visit our website at

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those individuals
selected for interviews will be contacted.

Late applications will not be accepted.


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