Vacancy Number: 2024-06
Job Status: Permanent, Full-time (35 hours/ week)
Union: CUPE Local 3690
Salary and Benefits:
Planner I – $54,290.60 – $83,538.00 (Group I, 2023 rates)
Planner II – $62,881.00 – $96,733.00 (Group L, 2023 rates); along with a competitive benefits package complete with extended health, dental and travel benefits, access to an Employee and Family Assistance Plan, and enrollment in OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) pension plan.
Closing Date: This posting will remain active until the vacancy is filled

About the City of Sarnia

Located at the mouth of the St. Clair River on the shores of Lake Huron, the community of Sarnia is known for its breathtaking waterfront, pristine beaches and beautiful parks system. Situated on the American border, just a short drive from London, Ontario, the city boasts a host of recreational opportunities, state-of-the-art healthcare, a vibrant cultural scene, and excellent education paired with a high standard of living and mild climate.

Ranked the most affordable medium-sized city in Ontario, Sarnia, with its 72,000 residents, is home to over 1,000 acres of parkland and 40 km of trails in addition to 4 golf courses, 16 art galleries, 6 museums, and 3 theatres across the County.

As an organization, the City of Sarnia places a priority on the health and safety of its employees, including a focus on work-life balance through unique vacation and compensatory time offerings, alongside exceptional salaries and benefits including employee and family assistance.

About the Position

This position is responsible for a broad range of public policy and development services work within the planning department, which is fundamental to an integrated approach to community building. Working as part of a practical and progressive team that is customer-oriented and community-facing, the Planner will have the opportunity to lead, manage, and collaborate on all types of development applications, tackle solutions to community planning challenges, and review and understand changes needed to accommodate emerging community trends.

The successful candidate will be placed into the Planner I or Planner II classification based on meeting the appropriate minimum requirements. Qualifications for each designation are outlined below.

Position Requirements, Planner I:

  • College diploma in Urban Planning or related program
  • Minimum of two (2) years of related experience
  • Valid G license with abstract acceptable to City standards
  • Ability to obtain membership in the Ontario Professional Planning Institute (OPPI)
  • Ability to obtain membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)

Position Requirements, Planner II:

  • Honours degree in Urban Planning or related program
  • Minimum of three (3) years of related experience
  • Membership in good standing in the Ontario Professional Planning Institute (OPPI), or actively in pursuit
  • Membership in good standing in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), or actively in pursuit
  • Valid G license with abstract acceptable to City standards

Demonstrated Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement, other Provincial plans and legislation, and local planning responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills to deal effectively with internal and external customers and stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively research and analyze relevant information to interpret legislation and by-laws relate to planning matters
  • Ability to apply knowledge and planning expertise to provide appropriate advice and guidance on a variety of planning matters
  • Exposure and/or working knowledge of workflow management and project management concepts
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

How to Apply

Candidates are invited to submit a resume in confidence to with the subject line: 2024-06 – Planner. We appreciate all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Additional Information

The City of Sarnia is an inclusive and equitable Corporation that encourages applications from qualified individuals of all genders, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Indigenous persons. Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request throughout the hiring process as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Information received relating to accommodation and diversity will be addressed confidentially.

Personal information is being collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be used to determine the qualifications for employment with The Corporation of the City of Sarnia. Questions about this collection should be directed to the City Clerk, 255 Christina St. N., Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2, 519-332-0330 ext. 3366.