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Position: Planner 3, Recreation Planning
Competition Number: 2017-EX-EN-51954187-02
Posting For/Company Name: City of Ottawa
Posting Date: December 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Deadline/Expiry: December 15, 2017 -midnight
Job Location: 100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario


Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services Department, Parks & Facilities Planning Services
1 Full-time Continuous Position - 35 hours/week
Affiliation: CIPP
Salary: $85,232.42 to $103,707.24 annually (2016 rates of pay)
Location: 100 Constellation Crescent
Category: Current Opportunities
Employment Group: Planning/Development/Urban Design

Job Summary

The Parks and Recreation Planner 3 leads and/or undertakes a wide variety of assigned highly complex planning services and capital projects relating to the design, construction and/or revitalization of the City's parks, open spaces, and recreation and cultural facilities.

At the Parks and Recreation Planner 3 level, these projects or services exhibit one or all of the following characteristics:

  • require management of multi-million dollar capital project budgets;
  • require resolution of multiple technical and policy issues, and public and private interests;
  • require the involvement of multiple stakeholder groups including unorganized and organized public and private interest groups, other government agencies (provincial and federal), other professionals (e.g. architects, landscape architects, engineers), and politicians; and/or
  • are highly politically sensitive, very high profile and/or extremely significant in terms of impact relative to the natural, built, social, and/or economic environments, and in terms of achieving orderly design and development of the City.

The Parks and Recreation Planner 3 also contributes to the development of the City's Official Plan, Master and Secondary Plans, Zoning By-law and City-wide policies, and the definition and achievement of the department's and City's planning strategies, objectives and priorities. The Parks and Recreation Planner 3 additionally directs and undertakes research and analysis, manages projects done by consultants, and functionally supervises junior staff and summer/co-op students. As well, the Parks and Recreation Planner 3 represents the City, department or branch at various internal and external meetings, committees, etc., relating to the design, construction and/or revitalization of recreational/cultural facilities, parks and open spaces.

Education & Experience

  • Four (4) year degree in urban and regional planning, leisure studies, landscape architecture or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of related and progressively responsible, professional experience in parks planning, including three (3) years of experience in managing multiple capital projects.

*Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.

Language, Certificates & Licenses

  • A valid Ontario unrestricted "G" class driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) with no more than 6 demerit points accumulated.
  • Day 1 Ready – specific level of language proficiency:
    • French oral, reading required
    • English oral, reading, writing required

* Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.


  • Applicable legislation, policies, guidelines and processes, for example: the Planning Act, the Municipal Act, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Conservation Authorities Act, the Heritage Act, the City's Official Plan and Master Plans (including the City's Community Open Space and Recreation Master Plan), Zoning By-Law, and related policies, the City's Development Approvals process, environmental management systems, and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association's Guidelines for Recreation Facilities
  • Global, national and local initiatives, standards, agreements and agencies relating to the branch and departmental mandates (e.g. the Canadian Standards Association)
  • Municipal planning principles and practices
  • Theories, concepts, methodologies, principles and/or practices relating to the design, construction and revitalization of recreation and cultural facilities, public parks and open spaces
  • Public consultation practices
  • Project management principles and practices, including those applied in capital project management of new facility construction
  • Available computer technology and tools related to the branch/departmental mandate

Competencies & Skills

  • Work effectively as a leader and team member within a multi-disciplinary and technical environment
  • Monitor and synthesize information from a variety of sources to establish future directions, research and data collection needs, trends, program elements and resources
  • Financial forecasting and budget administration/management
  • Understand technological tools available to assist in efficient and cost-effective program delivery
  • Understand, initiate and conduct assignments with minimal supervision
  • Negotiate with representatives from other departments and outside agencies to identify and achieve common objectives through joint initiatives and contributions
  • Establish and deliver effective public consultation processes
  • Communicate effectively (in writing and orally) with elected officials, City staff, external agencies, private sector, members of the public and others
  • Make effective and persuasive presentations

How to apply:

If this opportunity matches your interest and profile please apply online through Ottawa.ca/jobs

If this is your first online application please refer to our resources on how to apply for jobs online.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.

The City of Ottawa is committed to providing quality services by establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves. The City encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.


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