Job Description

Non Union


Job Title: Landscape Architect    
Job Opening Id: 19609 # Required: 1
Business Unit: Planning and Development Svcs Division: Planning & Development
Location: Headquarters Campbell West Standard Hours: 35.00 / week
Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular
Salary Grade: 6 Salary Range: $ 73,015.00 – $ 85,900.00
Post Date:   Close Date:  

Division

Planning & Development

Important Notices & Amendments

Salary under Review

About Us

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries.  Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada’s most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada’s most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario’s most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Urban Design Manager, the Landscape Architect is responsible for providing design expertise in landscape architecture of public realm improvements, design review under the Planning Act, and support for the completion of assignments of various purposes and scales.

The landscape architect will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in the Planning & Development Services and other Regional Departments, to provide expertise in all aspects of landscape architecture.

EDUCATION

• Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture or related field.
• Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture or related field preferred.

KNOWLEDGE

• Seven (7) years in landscape design and contract administration
• Landscape architectural design review of private development (ex. as subdivisions, townhouse developments, mixed use developments, and downtowns and core areas)
• Landscape architectural design of public realm improvement projects (ex. streetscapes, public spaces, and intersections, cycling infrastructure, gateways, Low Impact Development (LID) and sustainability. 
• Understanding of urban design and current best practices including complete communities and complete streets.
• Understanding of land use planning and the Planning Act Application processes such as Official Plans, Zoning Bylaws, Site Plan Applications.
• Understanding of Environmental Assessments (EAs)
• Preparation of design concepts
• Preparation of construction document sets including landscape plans, plantlists, landscape construction details.
• Preparation of presentations to public officials or members of the public.
• Municipal Experience preferred.
• Full membership with Seal in the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA)
• Computer skills in design software including AutoCAD 2016, Sketchup 2015, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign.
• Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint.
• Certified Arborist designation with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Public Realm Improvement Projects along Regional Roads:
Plans, organizes, and undertakes, and implements the delivery of landscape architectural works associated with public realm enhancement projects.

• Develops the landscape architectural project scope components and terms of reference for planning and detailed design phases associated with capital projects.
• Collaborates with public works staff to provide landscape architectural expertise in the form of design, detailed standards, and best practices to environmental assessments projects and to road construction projects.
• Creates landscape architectural design proposals and solutions for projects taking these from the preliminary design stages to detailed design stages.
• Visits project sites to perform condition analyses, such as SWOT Analysis, streetscape inventories, built form analysis, and various user and spatial analyses.        
• Translates landscape architectural concept sketches into CAD drawings.
• Reviews and verifies landscape designs, contract drawings and landscape specifications to ensure compliance with Regional and industry requirements, policies, procedures, and applicable legislation.

2. Planning and Development Review:
Assists in review of planning development applications by completing detailed landscape architectural comments, creating design sketches that demonstrate conformity with design guidelines standards and policies, meeting with applicants and working collaboratively with the development planning team to promote design excellence.    
 
3. Urban Design and Landscape Architectural Design
• Collaborates with interdepartmental teams to provide urban design and landscape architectural design expertise and create solutions for projects of various scales, and functions associated with disposition or development or development of Regional owned projects or lands.
• Provides site plan concept design layouts, concept building foot prints, and options for development of publically owned lands.
• Interprets and applies local zoning regulations and official plan policies to conceptualizing and demonstrating development options.
• Presents work to regional and local staff.

4. Assist the Manager of Urban Design with monitoring service delivery practices to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, identifying opportunities for building and improving of the urban design program.
• Researches and recommends new work processes and systems with a continuous improvement focus. 
• Researches new landscape architectural products and methods that seek to improve the delivery of public realms, and collaborate with others to determine the viability of implementing new products and methods.
• Attends conferences and other opportunities for professional development. 
• Meets with regional and local staff to outline and educate staff on the facets and opportunities applying best practices associated with landscape architecture. 
• Receives and responds to both internal and external enquires, including members of Regional and Local Councils, the and the general public regarding landscape and streetscape works.
• Presents information to members of Regional and Local Councils, the general public regarding landscape and streetscape.

5.Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

• Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
• Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.

Closing Statement

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges TODAY!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please apply through the Niagara Region Careers site.


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