Senior Sustainability Planner – District of Saanich

18 July 2023

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(Zero Waste, Consumption & Embodied Emissions)
Permanent Full Time
The District of Saanich lies within the territories of the lək ̓ ʷəŋən peoples represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and the W̱ SÁNEĆ peoples represented by the W̱ JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱ SIḴEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations. We are the largest municipality in beautiful Greater Victoria, blending both the urban and rural environment and home to approximately 124,000 citizens.  Employing more than 1,500 members across 10 departments, our greatest asset is a high performing workforce.  We provide a welcoming environment and maintain a healthy, dynamic and safe workplace that consistently attracts top-quality people and enables them to perform at their best.
The District of Saanich has been a climate action leader for many years. In 2019 the District declared a climate emergency, shortly followed by the approval of an ambitious and award-winning Climate Plan. The Sustainability Division leads this work and we have spent the last four years actively and collaboratively implementing the Plan and monitoring progress. We now have an exciting opportunity available for a permanent, full-time Senior Sustainability Planner.  This position will identify, design and lead key projects, policies and programs that deliver on the Climate Plan vision and targets focussed on zero waste, consumption and embodied emissions.
A key objective of this position is to develop and implement a Zero Waste Strategy and associated targets and timelines for the Saanich community, building upon the foundational work already underway in the region and global best practice. This will include the design, implementation and monitoring of innovative approaches to manage consumption, develop and support a circular economy, divert waste, and minimize embodied emissions; all with the application of an equity lens. The position will hire and manage consultants, establish and manage project teams, develop and manage budgets, and secure grants to support this work. Depending upon the experience of the successful candidate and team workload, broader community-wide climate action projects/programs could also be included in this position’s role.
This position will work collaboratively with a wide range of fantastic internal and external stakeholders, providing analysis, technical expertise, advice and guidance to Council, senior staff, municipal departments, community groups and the public. You would be joining an incredible, passionate and highly successful sustainability team with access to strong, well-established regional, provincial and national networks.
The attached Role Profile outlines the desired qualifications. However, relevant experience, appropriate skill set and a collaborative approach are key for this position and candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
This is a C.U.P.E. Local 2011 position with a wage of $52.60 per hour and an excellent benefits package. Job description and competition information can be found at Please apply by 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 quoting competition 23240 to: Human Resources, District of Saanich, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 2W7.  In addition to the interview process, testing will also be conducted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.
The District of Saanich is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for 2023. As an equitable and inclusive employer, we value diversity of people to best represent the community we serve and provide excellent services to our citizens. We strive to attract and retain passionate and talented individuals of all backgrounds, demographics, and life experiences. If you require any adjustments to enable participation at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact in confidence We thank all applicants for applying.