The District of Saanich is one of the four core municipalities within the Capital Regional District. The community is home to 114,000 citizens and is comprised of urban, suburban and rural areas, and 12 diverse neighborhoods. Saanich is known for its progressive initiatives in the areas of Environmental Protection, Climate Change, and Community Planning.
Saanich is seeking an Agriculture and Food Security Planner to spearhead the implementation of District’s recently adopted Agriculture and Food Security Plan. The successful candidate will be innovative and self-motivated, with a focus on customer service. Skill sets will include thorough knowledge of agriculture and food security issues, legislation and best practices, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. The individual will be team focused, able to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to implement the priority actions of the Agriculture and Food Security Plan.
The successful candidate will be called upon to undertake a wide variety of municipal planning work including: developing, updating and maintaining plans, policies, regulations and guidelines; designing and delivering public engagement processes; coordinating and partnering with local stakeholders on initiatives and outreach; liaising with committees on plan implementation; developing education and outreach materials; preparing grant submissions; writing planning reports and correspondence, and undertaking research and analysis.
Requirements include an Undergraduate Degree in environmental studies, agricultural sciences, social sciences, community development, urban planning or related discipline; three years experience including agriculture, food policy and sustainable food systems issues in a municipal setting; and a valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence. Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners or British Columbia Institute of Agrologists is an asset. Consideration may be given to candidates who hold an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The position is for a two year term with the possibility of extension(s). The position is half-time with weekly hours variable depending on operational needs. Consideration may be given to the successful candidate working from home.
*Testing will be conducted*