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.