Community Planner - Municipality of North Cowichan

Municipality of North Cowichan

Community Planner

(Full Time, Term)

Competition No. 2021-27
Planning and Building Department
$42.31-47.54 /hr (CUPE Local 358)


The Municipality of North Cowichan (population 30,000) is located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Southern Vancouver Island, between Nanaimo and Victoria.  Our communities of Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and the South End, including University Village, are home to a multitude of artistic, cultural and outdoor recreational activities. The Municipality provides a stable and varied work environment, competitive pay and benefits.

We are inviting applications from candidates with the proven qualifications, skills and abilities for the position of Community Planner on a full-time, term basis for up to 18-months, or upon return of the incumbent, beginning in early June 2021. The Municipality is seeking a forward-thinking, highly motivated and creative individual who is passionate about long-range planning and policy development to join our busy Planning and Building Department team. If you are self-motivated, looking to take on a new challenge where you can make a difference, enjoy both responsibility and accountability, and are ready to join one of British Columbia’s most inclusive and environmentally conscious municipalities, we look forward to receiving your application!

Reporting to the Community Planning Coordinator, this is an exciting professional opportunity for an experienced planner with excellent oral and written communication skills, practical problem-solving ability, and experience developing and implementing community planning processes and policies. The Community Planner must be able to work well in a team environment and be able to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Other requirements include the ability to manage complex projects and to prepare and present reports with a high level of professionalism and attention to detail.

Primary responsibilities for this position will include undertaking long-range and community planning initiatives, including but not limited to: updating and developing new and existing Municipal plans, planning bylaws and policies, assisting with community outreach and engagement initiatives for planning processes, and providing planning input on Municipal projects as part of an interdisciplinary team. When required, the Community Planner may also be responsible for processing land use and development applications.

Required Skills, Qualifications and Abilities: 

  1. A CIP-accredited degree in planning (urban, regional, community, natural resource/environmental) or a degree in a related discipline (e.g. geography, urban studies).
  2. Membership or eligibility for membership in PIBC and CIP (candidate or full member).
  3. Minimum three (3) years of relevant long-range and community planning experience, preferably in a local government environment.
  4. Possession and maintenance of a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's License; a satisfactory current driver's abstract will be required.
  5. Experience processing land use and development applications will be considered an asset.
  6. In-depth understanding of planning principles, practices and processes in British Columbia, including applicable planning legislation.
  7. Ability to gather, interpret and compile complex planning, environmental, economic, engineering and design data in technical reports.
  8. Experience facilitating communications and public engagement initiatives.
  9. Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and considerate manner (e.g. e-mails and other correspondence to the public, committee and Council reports, reports to internal and external departments, answering enquiries, and presenting planning reports).
  10. Proficient in GIS systems, particularly ArcGIS.  Experience in the use of other design and technical software will be considered an asset (e.g. InDesign, Google Sketch-Up, AutoCAD).


This is a unionized position (CUPE Local 358) and the collective agreement may be viewed on our website.

Candidates being considered will be required to undergo a comprehensive evaluation of skills, qualifications, and abilities. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a police information check.

To Apply:
Visit the Municipality of North Cowichan Career Portal at www.northcowichan.ca/jobs to apply for this position.

Please note that all candidates must apply via the Career Portal; we do not accept resumes via email or hard copy.

Application Deadline:
4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021


Organization: Municipality of North Cowichan
Location: Duncan, BC
Region: South Vancouver Island
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: April 22, 2021, 3:46 pm
Expires: May 13, 2021, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Temporary
Education Requirement: College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma from a program of 1 year to 2 years
Job Experience: 3 years to less than 5 years
Rate: $42.31 to $47.54 Hour

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