Island Planner - Planning Officer

Islands Trust

Island Planner – Planning Officer (Grid 27)

Salary: $65,870.79-$75,282.24
Regular Full Time, BCGEU position
Location: Northern Office, Gabriola Island, BC
Competition # 55746
Closing Date: November 30, 2018

The Islands Trust Area is a scenic archipelago of 13 major islands and more than 450 smaller islands within the Salish Sea. Our islands are characterized by vibrant communities, a rich cultural history and extraordinary ecology.  The Northern Office provides land use planning services for seven local government bodies including the Gabriola, Thetis, Denman, Hornby, Lasqueti, Ballenas-Winchelsea, and Gambier Local Trust Committees. Our staff include dedicated professionals who support a progressive, healthy and respectful workplace. Gabriola Island is located 20 minutes from Nanaimo, BC via BC Ferries

Reporting to the Regional Planning Manager, the Island Planner is a senior-level planning professional with considerable experience and expertise who:
  • Represents Local Planning Services as the principle staff liaison for Northern Local Trust Committees;
  • Provides technical guidance and advice to Local Trust Committees and the public;
  • Leads the preparation and review of Official Community Plans (OCPs) and land use bylaws;
  • Undertakes specialized research and leads consultation processes in relation to planning projects and complex applications;
  • Processes development applications of varying complexity;
  • Regularly interacts with elected officials, island community members and groups, government agencies, First Nations, and the public.

The successful candidate:
  • Has a passion for rural community planning and the preservation and protection of unique island culture and ecology;
  • Is an energetic, creative, motivated and a well-organized individual with excellent interpersonal
    skills, communication skills and a strong customer service ethic;
  • Works effectively both independently and as part of a team;
  • Effectively manages multiple and competing priorities under pressure;
  • Will establish and maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, agencies, First Nations, and island community members.

Applicants will possess the following qualifications:
  • A graduate degree in Planning or a related field;
  • A minimum of five years’ land use planning experience, including experience leading an OCP review and processing rezoning applications;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and policies including Part 14 of the Local Government Act, the Islands Trust Act, and Agricultural Land Commission Act, and common law principles applicable to planning;
  • Strong understanding of planning theory and best practices, particularly as they apply to rural community planning, and environmental development permit areas;
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s licence.

Preference may be given to those who have:
  • BC local government experience
  • Experience working with First Nations on planning issues
  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Experience leading an OCP review and processing rezoning applications.

Submitting Your Application:
Applicants are required to submit a resume and a cover letter demonstrating how they meet the selection criteria. Please ensure your resume provides detailed information about your education and employment history as it relates to the required job qualifications. Your resume must include the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history, as well as the job related responsibilities.

Applications will only be accepted through the BC Public Service Agency website: APPLY HERE

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

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  A written test may be administered. An eligibility list may be established for other current or future vacancies, including permanent or temporary positions at any of our Islands Trust locations including Salt Spring and Victoria.  

To learn more about the Islands Trust, please visit

Organization: Islands Trust
Location: Victoria, BC
Region: South Vancouver Island
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: November 5, 2018, 10:11 am
Expires: November 30, 2018, 4:30 pm

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