New Job Ecological Planner In Alberta

Ecological Planner
Ecological Planner

Ecological Planner

Company : City of Edmonton
Salary : $45.85–$57.93 an hour
Location : Alberta

Full Description

Ecological Planner Up to 11 months
Job Number : 46993

As an Ecological Planner, you will support municipal planning and development processes by reviewing ecological information and negotiating with planning applicants (internal stakeholders and land developers and their consultants), managing projects, and making recommendations to City staff.

Your role is essential to ensuring that information provided by applicants is accurate and that decision-making processes are informed by ecological planning considerations. As a member of the Open Space Strategy team, you will support the advancement of complex projects involving stakeholders from diverse functional areas and represent the needs of Edmonton’s open space network, focusing on ecological functions, in alignment with approved policy.

With a focus on the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Commitments to Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, you will:

  • Assess detailed ecological studies and reports in support of land use plans and policy development
  • Review city-wide land development applications and development proposals subject to the North Saskatchewan River Valley Bylaw and other applicable City policies and guidelines
  • Apply and interpret federal and provincial environmental regulations in a municipal context
  • Support the technical review of municipal environmental impact assessments
  • Support the development and implementation of municipal policy and strategies for the delivery of parks and open space services through the research and review of interdisciplinary studies and reports
  • Participate on interdepartmental teams to advance the City’s policies and strategies for ecological and parkland planning
  • Plan and facilitate internal engagement across relevant City departments to identify key issues and opportunities for cross-departmental coordination of ecological and parkland planning policy review and development
  • Support the planning and facilitation of stakeholder engagement to gain diverse perspectives and expertise on complex projects
  • Develop implementation strategies to support partners (City staff, community groups, industry) in moving plans into action
  • Collect, analyze and present data required to support strategic and business planning activities
  • Maintain a current level of knowledge about technical ecological issues faced by the City in the planning and management of natural systems
  • Undertake other related duties as required
  • Bachelor's Degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a similar degree
  • A minimum of 2 years of progressively relevant and responsible experience, including ecological and open space planning, regulatory review, policy development, and public engagement (note applicants with less experience may be considered at the Opportunity Concept Level at a lower wage)
  • Designation and/or eligibility for designation as a Professional Biologist
  • Membership with one or more of the following professional organizations is an asset:
    • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists
    • Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
    • Alberta Institute of Agrologists
  • Experience in applying ecological principles in an urban environment is an asset
  • Experience working with ecological technical reports including environmental reports, biophysical assessment, natural area management plan, wetland assessment etc.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning and environmental planning, including applicable legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Broad and demonstrated knowledge in handling simple and complex projects, including the ability to effectively exercise discretion and interpret requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, negotiate and consult with stakeholders, and provide tactful presentation of challenging issues for decision-making and implementation of solutions
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Knowledge of computer systems, including the Google platform, word processing, spreadsheets, and mapping
  • Ability to build professional networks and establish and maintain effective working relationships across City departments and externally with industry, government and community partners
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability and confidence to present effectively and explain complex information to a range of audiences
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage competing tasks
  • Excellent customer service and teamwork skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners, stakeholders and the public in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Cultural Commitments of Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, fostering an environment for others to do the same. For more information on the City’s Cultural Commitments, please visit
  • Demonstrate the foundational competencies, key behaviours and attributes of the City’s six leadership competencies: Courage, Inclusivity, Values-Based Influencer, Collaborative Networker, Systems Thinker and Creative Innovator. For more information on the City’s leadership competencies, please visit
  • Applicants may be tested

The City of Edmonton is committed to inclusive, respectful and equitable workplaces that represent the communities we serve. We continuously improve our systems, policies and practices to remove barriers and ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. We value applicants with a diverse range of skills, experiences and competencies, and encourage you to apply. To learn more, see the Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework here:

The City of Edmonton strives to provide reasonable access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. If you would like to request an accommodation at any stage of the process, please contact [email protected]

Up to 1 temporary, full-time position for up to 11 months

Hours of Work: 33.75 hours per week

Salary: $45.846 - $57.931 (Hourly)

Opportunity Concept Development Level 1: $30.080 - $31.839

Opportunity Concept Development Level 2: $33.708 - $43.894

Talent Acquisition Consultant: HJM/SK

Classification Title : Planner I
Posting Date : Jun 16, 2023
Closing Date : June 30, 2023 11:59:00 PM (MDT)
Number of Openings (up to) : 1 - Temporary Full-time
Union : CSU 52
Department : Planning and Environment Services
Work Location(s) : 6th Floor Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue Edmonton T5J 0J4