BC Local Government Job Posting Service

City of Richmond

Soil Bylaw Officer

Department Community Bylaws
Division Community Safety
Job ID 2023-0020

The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community. The City of Richmond offers competitive pay programs, comprehensive benefits and attractive incentives. If you are looking to make a difference, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada”, then please apply.

This position is an inspectional and regulatory role that focuses on ensuring compliance with the rules and regulations of the Soil Deposit and Removal Bylaw No.10200 and other City bylaws. Reporting to the Manager, Bylaw Operations, this position will support the processing of soil deposit and removal applications, ensure all requirements of the administrative process are followed, and conduct field inspections to ensure compliance.

Examples of key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Enforce bylaws and regulations related to soil and other material deposit and removal.
  • Investigate complaints, conduct inspections, and respond to urgent situations related to soil deposit/removal.
  • Review soil deposit and removal applications, ensure completeness of applications, and make recommendations accordingly.
  • Participate in legal action proceedings including file preparation with legal counsel.
  • Compose correspondence, provide data for council reports, maintain and update forms, permits, reports, and records.
  • Prepare legal documentation and provide evidence in court as required.
  • Perform other duties as required.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Sound knowledge of provincial regulation(s) and City bylaw(s), such as the Agricultural Land Commission Act, and the Soil Deposit and Removal Bylaw No.10200
  • Knowledge of evidence collection procedures with skills in note taking and maintaining accurate records.
  • Ability to work both independently and interdependently while exercising sound judgement and initiative.
  • Ability to provide effective customer service and to diffuse hostility in an effective manner; consistently maintain a professional and diplomatic demeanour.
  • Ability to interpret bylaws and regulations to the public, provide education and mediation, and participate in legal action proceedings
  • Ability to deal both tactfully and firmly with the public and possess the capacity to deal professionally with qualified professionals, external agencies, City staff & other officials.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, work well under pressure and deal with stressful situations.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to compose various types of standard and non-standard correspondence including emails, letters and reports.
  • Ability to perform word processing and data entry with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to use Richmond Enterprise Document Management System (REDMS) or a similar Electronic Records Management System.
  • Skilled in the use of equipment, programs and software applications required for the work, such as Tempest and Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Sound understanding of the City’s geography, and ecology
  • Familiarity with BC’s provincial adjudication system is considered an asset.
  • Ability to successfully clear a Police Information Check (PIC).

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completion of job related course work such as environmental sciences management or ecology equivalent to two (2) years post secondary program supplemented by a minimum of one (1) up to two (2) years of related experience in bylaw enforcement or in a municipal regulatory function setting is required. An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience may be considered.
  • Experience in investigative or enforcement work, along with familiarity with permit issuance procedures is preferred.
  • Completion of the Bylaw 1 and Bylaw 2 course from the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) or related courses is required.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence for the Province of British Columbia and a safe driving history.
  • Experience in report writing for Professional Investigators (JIBC) is preferred.

Working Conditions:
The work involved requires a level of public contact with a diverse range of people, often encountering difficult situations. Moderate physical effort is required (walking, running, lifting, climbing, etc.). Work is split between office duties and field visits. Field work is performed in all weather conditions, both on foot and while driving a vehicle.

Additional Information:
Employee Group:
CUPE Local 718
Position Status: Temporary Full-Time
Duration of Appointment: 12 months
Salary Range: $41.66 - $49.17
Hours of Work: 8:15-5:00pm - Mon-Fri
Application Posted: 1/25/23
External Closing Date: 2/8/23


Organization: City of Richmond
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Bylaw Enforcement, Environmental Services
Posted: January 25, 2023, 11:20 am
Expires: February 8, 2023, 4:30 pm
Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Temporary
Education Requirement: Other trades certificate or diploma
Job Experience: 1 year to less than 2 years
Rate: $41.66 to $49.17 Hour