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Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the permanent, full time position of Urban Design Technician with Planning and Development. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

The Urban Design Technician provides a variety of graphic, drafting, research and technical support services. They are responsible for carrying out the technical functions of the divisional streetscape, heritage, and urban design programs which call for highly-developed graphic skills to convey complex concepts regarding architectural and streetscape design through the use of tools and technologies in areas such as computer three dimensional modeling, photo visualizations, architectural renderings and computer-aided landscape architectural and urban design plans. They provide support services such as AutoCAD, computer modeling, GIS mapping, research, and other technical services to HRM staff, senior management and to the public. They also perform field and technical support to the implementation of streetscape and heritage related projects including the review of design specifications, cost estimates, site analysis and assistance with projects approvals and other requirements.

Program Support:

  • Technical support to landscape architect(s), heritage, planning staff.
  • Conduct field work and related site assessments for streetscape and other capital projects, collect data and take photos including documentation required for construction projects.
  • Under the guidance of design staff, support and assist in the preparations of design specifications.
  • Create, review, and update tools used by professional staff for project coordination, project status reports, cost estimating, budget tracking and reporting.
  • Update policy and related plans through site surveys, field checks, database queries, and air photo interpretation.
  • Integrate key spatial information gained through various studies into our corporate databases and GIS mapping systems.
  • Develop and maintain three-dimensional computer models for various initiatives.
  • Generate plan, section, elevation and 3D renderings for urban design and streetscape projects for purposes of concept analysis and final presentations.
  • Responsible for digital photography including manipulation of digital photos.
  • Respond to and follow up on inquiries from members of the general public, Councillors, and internal departments regarding the status of projects, research and graphics for urban design, heritage, and streetscape-related matters.


  • Act as primary technical contact for research related to the work of the section.
  • Under the guidance of professional staff, develops strategy for divisional research needs including priorities for benchmarking and research indicators.
  • Compile information from other municipalities with regards to processes and procedures.
  • Assisting in the maintaining of map and data libraries and photo inventories
  • Research software possibilities to improve efficiencies within the department and for external clients.
  • Collect, prepare and present data and statistics for staff, Council and the public as needed.

Admin & Public Consultation Support:

  • Event and logistics support to public and other stakeholder meetings including attend meetings to assist in set up equipment and/or displays, etc. include confirmations with area Councillor(s) and staff where required.
  • Assists in the assembly and execution of legal contracts and heritage property designations and forwards to Registry of Deeds for registration.
  • Is primary point of contact with newspaper and is accountable for ensuring the legislative requirements and timeframes of the HRM Charter and Heritage Property Act are met.
  • Schedules and arranges public meetings, including the booking of meeting space and confirming acceptable date with area Councillor(s), applicant, and staff.
  • Assists in effective records management system to provide accurate, legal sources of these documents for the public, staff and other HRM business units.

Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Architectural or Civil Technology or related diploma from a recognized institution
  • Minimum two years technical experience working in a related multi-disciplinary work environment
  • Must have experience with construction related field work, site survey and analysis techniques.
  • Experience building physical or electronic models and prototypes would be considered an asset.
  • Experience interpreting and working with Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws would be considered an asset.

Technical/Job Specific Knowledge:

  • Must be proficient in relevant applications and design tools including ArcGIS, Sketch-Up, Adobe Creative, AutoCAD
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products.
  • Must be proficient in drafting and map compilation, graphic design/layout, research, visualization of data, and graphic communication.
  • Must have strong database analysis/development skills and data maintenance skills and strong attention to detail with a high level of accuracy.
  • Aptitude for three dimensional conceptualization and the ability to transfer skills between 3D programs.
  • Demonstrated initiative and independent problem solving methods/capabilities.
  • Proven ability to successfully meet deadlines and manage a number of projects at once. Participating in the planning and coordination of projects ensuring that project requirements are being fulfilled through ongoing communication with the project team.

If invited to the interview phase, candidates will be asked to bring a portfolio of work to present to the hiring panel.

Security Clearance Requirements:  Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

COMPETENCIES:  Analytical Thinking, Communication, Customer Service, Teamwork and Cooperation, Valuing Diversity
WORK STATUS:  Permanent Full-Time
HOURS OF WORK:  35 Hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
SALARY:  In accordance with the NSUPE Local 13 collective agreement:  Level 7, $30.92/hour
WORK LOCATION:  40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS
CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be received up to midnight on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

This is a bargaining unit position.  External applicants will only be considered if there are no qualified bargaining unit candidates.

Please note:  Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge.  Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.

Please note:  We thank all applicants for their interest in this position.  Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation.  Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

(Position # 78603204) 


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