Planning Assistant

Capital Regional District

Planning Assistant

Executive Services – Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation



Hours of Work
56 to 79 hours bi-weekly

Rate of Pay
$32.70 - $37.11  per hour  (plus 14% in lieu of benefits) 

Review of applications begins 4:00pm on March 18, 2019

The Planning Assistant is responsible for assisting with initiatives related to the planning, protection and delivery of parks and public spaces.  This position works closely with the Salt Spring Island Management team on community planning initiatives, including participating and coordinating the public engagement process.  

The anticipated length of this term assignment is approximately 12 months.

This position requires an acceptable crim inal record check. The applicant/incumbent will be required to undergo a criminal reco rd check in order to work in this position and to report to their superv isor if any criminal charges are laid against them that may be r elated to their employment in this position.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provides assistance to connect the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan and other CRD planning documents with park and trail planning.  
  • Assists with the preparation and coordination of park and trail management planning, infrastructure, and site plans.  
  • Assists with the research and preparation of environmental, recreational or social studies and integrates this research into planning initiatives.  
  • Drafts reports on a variety of planning initiatives • Assists to organize and coordinate public engagement initiatives and public consultations.
  • Provides project coordination and management of related projects. 
  • Assists to prepare project charters, terms of reference and monitor project budgets. 
  • Liaises with CRD staff, including GIS staff on related GIS requirements. 
  • Undertakes planning studies and participate in cooperative planning exercises with other stakeholders.  
  • Works with consultants on planning projects, as well as assists with the administration of contract and budgets. 
  • May act as a CRD representative to liaise with community stakeholders on related projects. 
  • Respond to inquiries from the public. 
  • Coordinate and/or participate on project teams. 
  • Assists with the preparation of data and related budget information. 
  • Drafts reports on a variety of planning initiatives.  
  • Conducts site visits, as required.  
  • Works cooperatively with staff, the public and commissions on projects as directed.
  • Follows all policies, procedures and standards of the CRD.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

  • A degree with a focus on park and trail planning in a natural area context and three years related experience.
  • Membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia or eligibility for membership and obtaining full membership within two years of appointment to the position 
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and customer service skills 
  • Experience preparing park and trail management plans, studies and policies. 
  • Some experience with environmental, recreational and social studies related to park and trail management 
  • Experience  coordinating and facilitating public engagement  processes  
  • Ability to provide guidance and direction to external consultants.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships  
  • Some knowledge of park and trail planning principles and practices 
  • Knowledge of the concepts of park and trail  planning and public sector land use planning 
  • Knowledge of  natural area conservation and outdoor recreation management, ecosystem-based management and the use of environmental information in park planning 
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and understand a variety of technical reports, demonstrating a strong attention to quality and detail.
  • Knowledge of research techniques and principles 
  • Knowledge of GIS and its application for park and trail planning. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to use various computer word processing, spreadsheet and project scheduling programs and databases. 
  • Must possess a valid BC Driver’s Licence.

Please note: This position is currently being reviewed as referenced in Article 27.01 of the CRD/CUPE Local 1978 Agreement.

Applications To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and covering letter online at under “Careers”.    

The CRD wishes to thank you for your interest and advises that only those candidates under active consideration will be contacted.

Organization: Capital Regional District
Location: Victoria, BC
Region: South Vancouver Island
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: February 26, 2019, 11:56 am
Expires: March 18, 2019, 4:00 pm

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