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PLNG O 27R - Island Planner

Requisition #:  40045
Department: Min Comm, Sport, Cultural Dev
Ministry Branch / Division: Islands Trust
Posting Close Date: 2017-04-07
Location: Gabriola  -
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Scientific and Technical
Job Profile: Island_Planner___Job_Profile.pdf
Job Summary:

Island Planner
Planning Officer 27
Salary: $65,870.79-$75,282.24 + 3.3% Temporary Market Adjustment
Regular Full Time, BCGEU position
Location: Northern Office, Gabriola Island, BC

An eligibility list may be established for other current or future vacancies, including permanent or temporary positions for our Northern (Gabriola) office.

The Islands Trust Area is a scenic archipelago of 13 major islands and more than 450 smaller islands within the Salish Sea. These islands are characterized by vibrant communities, a rich cultural history and extraordinary ecology.  The Northern Office provides land use planning services for the Gabriola, Thetis, Denman, Hornby, Lasqueti, Ballenas-Winchelsea, and Gambier Local Trust Areas. Islands Trust staff are dedicated professionals who support a progressive, healthy and respectful workplace.
Reporting to the Regional Planning Manager, the Island Planner is a senior planning professional with considerable experience and expertise who:

  • Provides technical advice to local trust committees;

  • Leads the preparation and review of official community plans (OCPs) and land use bylaws;

  • Undertakes planning research and consultation on projects and applications;

  • Processes development applications and referrals of varying complexity;

  • Regularly interacts with elected officials, island community members and groups, government agencies, First Nations, and the public.

The successful candidate will have the following qualities:

  • A passion for rural community planning and commitment to preserving and protecting the Trust Area and its unique amenities and environment; 

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and project management skills;

  • The ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and as part of a collaborative team;

  • The ability to effectively balance multiple priorities under pressure;

  • A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, agencies, First Nations, and the public.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in Planning or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years’ land use planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

  • Knowledge of relevant BC planning legislation and policies, and related common law principles;

  • A comprehensive understanding of planning theory and best practices;

  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s licence.

Preference will be given to qualified applicants with any or all of the following:

  • B.C. local government experience, including official community plan reviews, public engagement and processing complex applications;

  • Experience working with First Nations;

  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners;

A written test may be administered.

Please note, occasional overtime and evening or weekend work, and travel to remote locations by boat and float plane, are job requirements.

To learn more about the Islands Trust, please visit www.islandstrust.bc.ca.
For a full description of accountabilities and qualifications, please review the attached job profile.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ann Kjerulf, Regional Planning Manager at 250-247-2209.

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NOTE:  Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined in the attached Job Profile.  

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.


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