Intermediate Planner – Indigenous Community Planning & Development

Beringia Community Planning Inc. - North Vancouver, BC (25 days ago)

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Intermediate Planner –* Indigenous Community Planning & Development*

Beringia Community Planning Inc. is currently seeking to expand their staff team to include a Community Planner with 7-10 years of experience in applied Indigenous Community Planning/ Development.

Company Profile

Beringia Community Planning Inc. is a small, dynamic and award-winning community planning firm that specializes in Indigenous Community Planning/Development. Beringia works with both self-governing and non self-governing Indigenous communities in BC and across Canada. Beringia excels in participatory community-based planning where processes are guided by local, cultural protocols and values.

Services include: community and strategic planning, research and decision analysis, communication, facilitation and training. These services have been applied to topics as diverse as comprehensive community planning, land use, governance, health and wellness, infrastructure, sustainability planning and community economic development. See for details.

Office location: 107-130 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC.

Highlights of Working with Beringia: Team of dedicated staff doing meaningful work; work closely with resilient First Nations communities; diverse and interesting project portfolio; culture of innovation; supportive and inclusive work environment with opportunities for career growth andtraining.

Job Description

Beringia is interested in hiring a planner to support a broad range of community planning processes (e.g. land use planning, comprehensive community planning, language planning, health planning, etc.,) and projects. Primary duties include:

  • Travelling to remote communities to facilitate community engagement processes
  • Designing community engagement processes, tools and methods
  • Managing complex and culturally sensitive community planning processes
  • Liaising with, and in some cases mentoring, local community planning staff
  • Researching and analyzing planning history/trends, laws, policies and procedures related to land governance and administration
  • Analyzing process results from community engagement/consultationsessions
  • Writing and designing innovative, accessible and user-friendly communication and research tools, maps and planning reports
  • Periodic supervision of junior staff, interns and sub-contractors including task management/ guidance
  • Developing and delivering training on planning related topics
  • Preparing RFPs or funding applications as needed

Experience and Qualifications


  • Undergraduate degree in Planning or a related field
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ practical experience with applied community planning/development with First Nations or related agencies
  • Familiarity with the political, historical and legal context of Indigenous governance and community planning/development
  • Experience with strategic planning
  • Strong cultural competency and sensitivity
  • Familiarity with participatory planning theory and practice
  • Group facilitation experience, process leadership
  • Excellent research, problem solving and communication skills
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Motivated, independent and driven
  • Innovative, flexible and adaptable
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote communities
  • Proficient at using MS word, excel, PowerPoint, and able to create effective visual reports


  • Master’s degree in Planning or equivalent- specialization in Indigenous Community Planning
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite - In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Visually and graphically creative
  • Experience using GIS software to produce maps and analyze spatial data
  • Certification or eligibility for certification with the Planning Institute of British Columbia/CIP


  • Please submit a resume, including contact details for 3 references and a 1-2 page cover letter
  • In your cover letter please:
  • Summarize how your background, skills, strengths and professional goals would contribute to Beringia’s work and team, highlighting your specific experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Describe the opportunity for planners to support Indigenous community planning/development, self-determination and reconciliation
  • State how you heard about the job and your salary expectations
  • State if you are identifying yourself as ‘Self-Identified’ (First Nations/ Aboriginal, Metis or Inuit).

Hours: average of 37.5 hours a week

Salary: commensurate with experience

Application deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019

Anticipated start date: January 7, 2020

Address your application to: Jeff Cook, President

Thank you for your interest. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.Applicants of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and/or Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Community Planning with emphasis on Indigenous Planning: 7 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's Degree (Required)