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Landscape Architect

Position Landscape Architect
Company Town of Whitby
Location Town of Whitby
Published Sep 18, 2023
Closing Oct 31, 2023

Our team is highly skilled, passionate about our community, and we care. Let’s grow together.

Landscape Architect

Who We Are

In Whitby, we are dedicated to our work, our community, and each other. We work hard, we have fun, and we celebrate our successes.

The Town of Whitby is a community in transformation that is located in the heart of Durham Region in the eastern Greater Toronto Area. Whitby is the second-largest municipality in the region and one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada. Located on Lake Ontario and only an hour east of Toronto, the population of Whitby is expected to grow from 140,000 to almost 200,000 by 2031. Whitby’s Official Plan has been updated to establish new directions for Whitby’s planned growth and development; the protection of our natural and built environments; urban design intensification; sustainability; community improvement; and, new employment within this time frame.

The Town of Whitby combines a small town atmosphere with the sophistication and amenities of a larger urban centre. Whitby boasts two beautiful heritage downtowns, one of the finest recreational harbours with an award-winning marina, year round sports and recreation activities, parks, trails, and a robust arts and culture scene, all of which are part of the extraordinary amenities that Whitby residents enjoy every day.

Whitby has an exciting and aspiring future, with a community that is welcoming, growing and transforming. On our team, you can expect to make a difference through your work and have a direct impact on shaping our growing community. Creating an inclusive environment where employees experience job satisfaction and have rewarding careers is important to us. We live our values and foster a culture of collaboration, accountability, respect and engagement where people enjoy coming to work.

The Town of Whitby is a hybrid organization. This means staff are empowered to do their best work from various locations, as appropriate for the position.

We want to be the preferred employer for the most talented people who care about the Town of Whitby, and are excited and proud to serve our vibrant community.

Let’s grow together.

What You Will Get To Do

The successful candidate will have a positive impact on our corporate culture by demonstrating the Town’s CARE core values (Collaborative, Accountable, Respectful, Engaged) through daily interactions with individuals at all levels of the organization, external contacts and elected officials.

By effectively building positive rapport and relationships both internally and externally, the successful candidate will help us achieve our mission that together we deliver services that make a difference in our community.

Reporting to and under the direction of the Senior Manager Parks, Parks Planning & Development and/or Supervisor of Parks Development, the Landscape Architect is responsible for:

  • preparing and reviewing park/landscape designs, working drawings, cost estimates, project budgets and tender documents for park, and trail development/redevelopment projects;
  • overseeing the work of landscape architectural consultants, construction contractors and construction projects as they relate to park, facility and trail development/redevelopment;
  • scheduling and liaising with Town Departments and external agencies;
  • preparing drawings and presentation materials for reports and public engagement sessions;
  • coordinating public engagement sessions for park and trail development and redevelopment projects;
  • preparing reports for the Supervisor of Parks Development, Senior Manager Parks, Parks Planning & Development, and Commissioner of Community Services;
  • conducting background research and analysis associated with parks design and construction;
  • responding to public inquiries;
  • supporting the Parks Planning and Development Section;
  • responsible for reviewing current construction materials and methods and adopting, as necessary, best practices and standards; and
  • other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Our Community Services team is looking for an enthusiastic, solutions-oriented team player who thrives on continuous learning and professional development. You are self-motivated, self-starting and utilize a proactive approach to work. You value partnerships. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills coupled with your experience enables you to skilfully build, establish and maintain positive working relationships. You demonstrate tact, diplomacy and sound discretion when working with a broad range of partners.

Your excellent prioritization and time management skills enable you to work under pressure to meet deadlines. You bring to the team your strong reasoning, analytical, numerical, research and presentation skills. You solve problems by identifying, gathering and processing relevant information. You demonstrate adeptness in negotiation and approach situations with the goal to improve communication, diffuse tension and resolve problems. To you, being at work is a mindset and not a location. You can switch seamlessly across modes of work and cultural norms of working in different environments. You know you best, including the tasks you do better when working virtually versus on-site. You believe that the cornerstone of successful working relationships is trust and understand how this positively impacts productivity and performance. You have a high degree of accountability, readily adapt to disruption, like to learn to skills, and explore new ways to connect and collaborate in the digital world.

What You Bring To Our Team

As the successful applicant, you will possess:

  • a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from a recognized institution;
  • a minimum of four (4) years of directly related experience;
  • be a fully registered member with certificate and seal of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects;
  • demonstrated proficiency using AutoCAD and MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • ability to attend public meetings outside normal working hours; and,
  • a valid unrestricted Driver’s Licence (minimum Class “G”) maintained in good standing with access to a personal vehicle is preferred.

What We Offer You

  • Salary: $66,703 - $83,465 per annum (Band B)
  • Benefits and retirement plan offered in accordance to Corporate programs and/or the applicable Collective Agreement
  • A hybrid work environment and flexible work arrangements where employees are empowered to do their best work in the way that works for them. This is designated as a designated as a Remote Hybrid role. Remote Hybrid recognizes that up to 60% of job functions associated with the role can be done virtually, from a remote office. Further details on these programs will be discussed through the selection process.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

At the Town of Whitby, our values guide everything that we do. We celebrate our differences, which is why we are committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment for our team. If you need a specific accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

Acknowledgement will only be forwarded to those applicants who are invited for an interview.

Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

For your safety and the safety of others, if offered a role with the Town, you will be required to submit a completed Vaccination Declaration & Request for Accommodation form with proof of vaccination, if applicable, in accordance with the Town of Whitby’s COVID-19 Vaccine Policy.

Vaccination requirements are subject to bona fide medical and/or human rights exemptions, or individual preference exemption. Any request for an exemption will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as per our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, and would be subject to the Town’s accommodation process.

Union Affiliation: CUPE Full-Time

Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (35 hours per week)

Work Location: Whitby, ON