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Parks Planner/Landscape Architect

  • 18 Jul 2016
  • 24 Jul 2016
  • 11:59 PM
  • Conservation Halton


CONSERVATION HALTON is a community based environmental agency that works in partnership with watershed municipalities and the Province of Ontario to protect the natural environment. We also manage a number of parks for education and recreation including Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, Kelso, Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, Robert Edmonson, and Hilton Falls. 

Parks Planner/Landscape Architect Conservation Lands Services

Full Time 14 Month Contract

Conservation Halton works to protect, restore and manage natural resources in your watershed from lake to escarpment. Our vision is to sustain a healthy watershed with clean streams, vigorous forests, abundant green space and balanced growth that results in strong livable communities.

Spanning (1000 sq. km) of land, 17 flowing creeks, approximately 26 km of Lake Ontario shoreline, extensive forest cover and 80 km of Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment, our mandate is to create avenues for sustainable synergy between the natural world we live in and the 500,000 residents that make up the Halton watershed. 

At any moment, our hallways are buzzing with ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters, educators, volunteers, interpretative instructors among other professionals. Conservation Halton is also the largest youth employer in Halton, thanks in part to Glen Eden’s in-season staffing compliment.

Reporting to the Director, Conservation Lands Services this position will be responsible for assisting in the planning, design and contract administration of various regional park projects. Responsibilities include park master planning together with the production or supervision of various facility and site development drawings for conservation area parks and recreational facilities. 


  • Prepare site plans, grading, drainage, landscape and erosion control plans for various park facilities including: site surveys, site analysis, concept design, construction drawings, cost estimating, specifications and tender documents 
  • Assists in the preparation and implementation of the park master plans 
  • Prepares terms of reference/request for proposals for design consultants and contractors, manages their services and controls related costs and quality 
  • Assist in the review of bids and the selection of outside consultants/contractors 
  • Provide contract administration and project inspections of staff and contractor works to ensure compliance with plans/drawings/specifications; makes recommendations for change orders, progress payments, certificates of completion and release of holdback 
  • Prepare and manage project budgets ensuring compliance with corporate expectations including schedule, budget, scope, sustainability and design excellence 
  • Participate and conduct public consultation processes with stakeholder groups, external agencies and other departments as required 
  • Perform other duties as required to contribute to the team effort and achieve the objectives of the program and Conservation Halton


  • University degree in Landscape Architecture (BLA or MLA) and/or equivalent experience. 
  • Current member or eligible for full member status in the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects 
  • Superior project management and organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of landscape architecture principles and practices, including project planning, conceptual and detail design, cost estimating, preparation of plans and specifications, project management and associated computer skills
  • Knowledge of construction law and the principles and processes of tendering and construction contract administration 
  • Thorough knowledge with and demonstrated ability to produce presentation and construction drawings 
  • Good verbal/communication skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, consultants, citizens, special interest groups and various approval agencies 
  • Ability to prepare and present well researched reports with supporting recommendations 
  • Ability to work independently or in a team when necessary, demonstrating sound judgment, creativity, flexibility and decision making skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, direct, co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the work of staff and consultants 
  • Ability to analyze and resolve complex planning, design or contractual issues 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage capital and operating budgets 
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD and survey equipment is required and working knowledge in the use of Arch-View GIS program would be an asset 
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment


  • Starting at $55,037.00 based on 35 hour workweek 


Staff identification pass which entitles you to free entry to all of our conservation areas, Conservation Ontario pass, free skiing and snowboarding, and discounts on goods, services, cafeteria food, events with a participation fee, and equipment rentals 

Our Core Values 

Be Respectful: Respect one another, celebrate diversity, and embrace new ideas. 

Be Adaptable: Change is constant. Channel your passion, be innovative, and focus on results. 

Be Collaborative: Share your knowledge, listen to understand, and always communicate clearly. 

Be Sustainable: In everything you do, think conservation. 

Be Accountable: Uphold your integrity, demonstrate measurable progress, and strive for excellence. 

To Apply 

Please email your cover letter and resume in one pdf document, by Sunday July 24, 2016 at 11:59pm to: careers@hrca.on.ca 

(include the job title and your name in the subject line) 

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

Conservation Halton is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Conservation Halton will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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