Senior Land Use Planner

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Closing date: Jan 7, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: LND Land Use Planning

Job Code: 14893

Salary: $95,589 - $114,134

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Job Information

The Department of Lands is offering an exciting opportunity as a Senior Land Use Planner. The mandate of the Department of Lands is to manage, administer and plan for the sustainable use of public land in the Northwest Territories in a fair and transparent manner that reflects the interests of the people of the Northwest Territories.  The Department of Lands operates within the central belief that land management and administration is a core public good and critical asset that needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

The Senior Land Use Planner position is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager, Land Use Planning. Situated on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake; Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The population of Yellowknife is 20,000. This multi-cultural community is welcoming and the wilderness is your backyard. All the big city amenities are available without the big city issues. There are year round outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, golf, boating and canoeing, and a wide variety of individual and team sports.  The City of Yellowknife and businesses maintain fantastic recreational facilities for residents, including a 240 metre indoor track, a pool, three skating rinks, an indoor soccer field and an abundance of walking trails. The city is also home to a vibrant arts and theatre community. After moving here, Yellowknife quickly becomes a place you call home.

The Senior Land Use Planner is responsible for the provision of comprehensive planning services in the development and implementation of regional land use plans while advancing interdepartmental, intergovernmental, and interagency obligations related to land use planning in a manner that is consistent with Department of Lands policies and strategic initiatives, including Northern lands-Northern Leadership - the Land Use and Sustainability Framework (2014), Regional Land Use Planning – Guidelines on what to expect from the Government of the Northwest Territories (2016) and broader GNWT objectives, interests, and priorities.

The Land Use Planning Unit is accountable for providing expert advice to GNWT departments, regional land use planning boards, Aboriginal governments, stakeholders, and industry on matter related to the development, review, and implementation of land use plans. In this context, it is important to note that land management and land use has cross-departmental and cross-government implications as the GNWT is not only the land owner, but a significant land user as well. Similarly, the interests of the GNWT need to be balanced against other governments, (i.e., as Aboriginal governments and the Federal government).

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired by obtaining a Master’s degree in Planning, or related field, from a recognized university and 3 years of professional planning experience. Must be eligible for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Department Information

At the Department of Lands, we strive to be leaders and innovators in Northern land and resource management. We provide land management decisions and recommendations on the acquisition, lease, sale, or other dispositions of public lands while respecting the principles of land use sustainability, and ecological, social, cultural, and economic values.

The Department of Lands advances the territorial vision of land and resource management in the NWT through the legislative, regulatory and policy system and through the delivery of a robust and effective enforcement and compliance program. The Department’s reach is broad because the use of land impacts the operations and mandates of other departments, and private sector development. It engages in large-scale planning, and conducts broad legislative and policy reviews to inform government-wide strategic advice about land and resource management. Together these functions enhance the planning, management, and administration of land in a sustainable way.

The Department works closely with NWT resource management boards because it coordinates inter- and intra- department and government processes including environmental assessments (EAs), reclamation securities, GNWT input on federal legislative amendments and regulatory activities affecting land and water management, environmental assessment policy reviews and land use planning.

The Department’s Informatics division also leads the planning, development and implementation of information and technology related services, including geomatics services, to three departments: Lands, Industry, Tourism and Investment, and Environment and Natural Resources.


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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.02 per hour (approximately $95,589. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.



Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14893         

Closing Date: January 7, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445