Senior Landscape Architect/Open Space Planner

Job No: PEAK452
Location: Queensland

  • Work on city-enhancing projects alongside experienced industry professionals
  • Unique opportunity for a Landscape Architect in North QLD
  • Up to $118K + 13.5% Super + RDO + 5 weeks Leave with 17.5% loading + generous Relocation Assistance

About Townsville

Providing a laid back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville North Queensland Region enjoys.

Known as the Second Capital of Queensland and with a population of approximately 193,601 people, Townsville offers a dynamic lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity. Townsville is a thriving precinct with access to a variety of world class education facilities, leading edge health care, affordable housing, unique retailing, spectacular events and entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Townsville’s lifestyle is second to none.

About Council

Townsville City Council is the largest regional council in Queensland. Council strives to facilitate sustainable economic development for the region, enhance quality of life for their residents, and identify and unlock the potential of the City through inspired leadership, co-design of services with the community, and sustainable and innovative business partnering.

Creating world-class experiences in the city will drive economic growth through new investment and greater tourism spending, while improving the unique Townsville lifestyle for locals. The 2021-2026 Corporate Plan is Council’s strategic document which sets the direction for what Council focuses on as they work to grow Townsville. It ensures Council provides intentional leadership on the way the city grows into the future. The Plan outlines the areas of focus, priorities and specific initiatives Council has committed to implementing, driving and advocating.

Townsville City Council is focussed on ‘placemaking’ across the community in order to inspire people and to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share; Council have a collaborative process in place to shape the public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, they are facilitating creative patterns of use, paying attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define places across the city and support their ongoing evolution.

About the Position

Public Open Space plays an important role in the community by providing places for exercise, quiet reflection, children’s play, and organised sport. As the Townsville community grows and changes, greater attention needs to be placed on the coordination around planning and design of Councils open space and irrigation solutions. Reporting to the Principal Lead for Open Space and Irrigation Planning, you will work at part of the team to create meaningful places, renew, and upgrade existing ones with the aim of enticing and attracting people to visit these and meeting both the current and future needs of the community. Finding solutions to challenges that make a difference to people’s lives will underpin everything you do.

The role is vacant due to an internal promotion and will enable you to utilise your strong decision-making skills in the delivery of landscape and streetscape projects as well as support a team of 3 with their project delivery and career progression

Keeping the customer at the heart of all activities the position will:

  • Lead and manage the open space planning, design and technical advice of capital and operational solutions whilst ensuring a high degree of quality, effectiveness, cost, timeliness, and adherence to legislative requirements.
  • Lead and engage relevant stakeholders and establish networks with a focus on ensuring the effective provision of services and quality outcomes in relation to open space planning.
  • Lead and manage a group of subject matter experts to provide professional specialist Planning and Landscape Architectural advice to internal and external stakeholders consistent with best practice.
  • Lead the development and make recommendations of planning solutions in consultation with operations, strategy planning and financial services so new, upgrade, renewal projects and maintenance of open spaces and Irrigation can be optimised for the Townsville community.
  • Contribute to the drafting and review of council policy and planning instruments relevant to parks and open space, streetscape, place making and urban design that provides a clear vision for the City and supports sustainable economic development outcomes.

A Copy of the Candidate Briefing Document can be accessed HERE

About You

If you are a motivated individual looking for a new challenge and have a passion to inspire others to value design excellence, place making and liveability then this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Renowned for your leadership skills and as a passionate advocate around the creation and enhancement of public open spaces you will have extensive knowledge of public space landscape architecture and/or urban development/planning and understand what is required to enhance communities. With the right combination of talent and energy underpinned by a commitment to operational excellence the position will suit an effective and decisive leader who has proven commercial acumen, highly developed stakeholder engagement skills and a strong focus on the benefit this role will bring to the community. Understandably you will be capable of working independently and leading a team through all stages from design through to construction.

Why this Role?

As the largest irrigation service provider in the Southern Hemisphere and with 400 Parks and 182 open spaces, joining Townsville City Council represents an opportunity to be a part of the team making Townsville a great PLACE ensuring meaningful public open spaces are created and enhanced.

For someone who is keen for a new challenge and perhaps a lifestyle change to tropical North Queensland this is a genuine opportunity to leverage and broaden your experience leading a team to enhance the Open Space portfolio with the largest regional Council in QLD.

You will be encouraged to have a growth mindset and will be given the space to develop personally and professionally, building a flexible career that works for you. This is a cohesive team with a committed and passionate leader who has been recognised for creating a positive and inclusive culture across this area of the business.

A salary of up to $118K + 13.5% Super + fortnightly RDO + 5 weeks' annual leave with 17.5% loading and generous relocation assistance is available for the successful candidate. Future Learning and Development opportunities are supported together with reimbursement of some professional registration fees.

PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Townsville City Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the details above carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

Applications close at 10pm on Monday 16th May 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. 

For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall - Principal Consultant at Peak Recruitment Services on 0438 943854.


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