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Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

The Arts and Culture Planner I will oversee the Vancouver Park Board’s collection of public art, monument and memorials. This includes creating and managing a collections database, managing the donations and commissions process; providing direction on the professional maintenance and repair for public art and monuments as needed.  The incumbent will undertake complex, multi-layered project planning and management to develop and deliver a comprehensive plan that guides the maintenance of Parks public artwork, monuments and memorials for many years to come.  A high level of combined experience in collections management, public art, fabrication, construction, and materials/media is required. The incumbent must take project initiative and be comfortable exercising independent judgment.


The Arts and Culture Planner I will consult and collaborate internally with the Park Board’s Decolonization, Arts & Culture Department, Park Planning, Park Development, and other relevant Park Board and City of Vancouver staff, and externally with artists and other art and conservation professionals as needed. Liaison with community members and outside agencies, including local First Nations and urban Aboriginal communities may also be required. The incumbent will develop evaluation and implementation criteria for condition assessments and treatment planning; securing repair and/or treatment services such as routine cleaning and maintenance, and specialized and restoration services; and project management as needed. All work will be performed with considerable independence and wide scope to exercise individual judgment.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develops strategies and identifies opportunities for optimized delivery of a park-wide public art and monuments maintenance plan, ensuring departmental and community consultation and liaison as needed.
  • Assists in developing and implementing policies and practices relating to public art and monument maintenance and collections management.
  • This position involves initiating planning and cultural program activities with the local First Nations and urban Aboriginal communities.
  • Monitors maintenance budgets and ensures cost efficiencies and other key performance indicators.
  • Monitors and assesses the condition of individual public artworks including:Undertaking visual and technical analyses and assessments of the condition of each assigned artwork or artwork element, including nature and extent of any vandalism or critical maintenance issues.
  • Developing recommendations and treatment plans for artwork or artwork elements selected for repair and develops cost estimates.
  • Note: All recommended repair or treatment techniques must meet current professional and conservation standards and best practices.
  • Identifies maintenance concerns and plans for long term maintenance for public art and monument donations.
  • Works with Procurement to contract public art maintenance generalists and specialists including initiating public bid and vendor selection processes.
  • Manages vendors contracted for fabrication, installation, and documentation of maintenance, repair and restoration of public artworks.
  • Liaises as needed with artists, consultants, departmental staff and others.
  • Prepares related reports and meets with officials of other City departments such as Cultural Services.
  • Answers public inquiries and corresponds with the public, other civic and outside agencies and perform related work as required.
  • Other duties as required.

Minimum Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • University graduation preferably at a Masters level in fine arts, cultural planning, library studies, museums studies, landscape architecture or related disciplines, or a combination of education and relevant experience (5-10 years).
  • Demonstrated success leading and completing complex projects.
  • Experience working within a municipal environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of decolonization, reconciliation and the values on which the Park Board’s Reconciliation goals are built.
  • Demonstrated experience in project managing complex maintenance projects.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities on cultural projects.
  • Knowledge of current collections management and public art practices with an emphasis on public art maintenance, repair and restoration.
  • Familiarity with contemporary public art practices including fabrication and installation.
  • Ability to evaluate and recommend different maintenance and repair techniques and approaches that meet current professional and art conservation standards and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience working with artists, conservators, and other public art professionals preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of resources, including artists, fabricators, installers, and other public art maintenance and infrastructure specialists.
  • Demonstrated research skills and ability to set priorities and meet established deadlines.
  • Strong project management and leadership skills including demonstrated ability to manage staff and consultants.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent ability to work within a team environment and within defined timelines. Able to take initiative and work independently and collaboratively.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with broad audiences and communities.
  • Ability to answer public inquiries and correspond with the public, other civic and outside agencies and perform related work as required.
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) an asset.

All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400)

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Parks

Employment Type: Regular Full Time

Position Start Date: March, 2022

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $47.57 to $56.25 per hour


At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of color, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


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