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Position: Eco-landscaping Lead
Organization: RAINscapeTO
Location: Toronto, Ontario

*RAINscapeTO is following the Public Health guidelines with regards to COVID-19 and we will adapt our operations accordingly on an ongoing basis. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff, clients and the communities where we work and live.

 RAINScapeTO is part of a growing movement to re-pattern the design of urban green spaces. We create water-friendly gardens that emphasize the importance of rain garden landscaping strategies to help prevent flooding and water pollution. We are a social enterprise that values and respects the intrinsic connection of Indigenous peoples to their land as well as their rich ecological knowledge base. We are committed to developing employment opportunities that uphold and nurture land-based stewardship in an urban setting. Given that the incumbent of this position will oversee a team of Indigenous trainees, we enthusiastically encourage qualified Indigenous candidates to apply.

We offer installation of pollinator, edible, rain and forest gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, bioswales, and more while creating a beautiful amenity for local food production, heritage seeds, and the use of native plants as vital additions to the urban landscape to preserve habitat and clean water. Workshops and community projects promote neighbourhood action for green infrastructure and low impact gardening practices. We aim to provide training and employment opportunities for members of the Indigenous community that foster a connection to the land and ways to help care for it.

The ideal candidate must have strong horticultural skills, be able to deliver excellent customer service, have leadership and interpersonal skills and have experience in the design and construction of landscaping solutions.

The Eco-landscaping Lead is the bridge between a team of Eco-landscapers and RainscapeTO’s Management. As the team supervisor, the Lead has to act as the main resource for all the eco-landscapers with regards to on-site communication, direction and conflict resolution. In absence of the Manager, the Eco-landscaping Lead also liaises with clients and partners, although decisions will need to be approved by the Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the team of eco-landscaper in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential and community eco-landscaping projects, including the following tasks:

    • Ensure Health and Safety Policies, code of conduct and regulations are followed
    • Ensure tools and equipment are maintained frequently and properly
    • Coordinate and schedule eco-landscaper shifts, including transportation of staff from office to project site.
    • Train and monitor eco-landscapers in landscaping techniques and materials and delegate tasks to them.
    • Keep track of employee timesheets, project expenses and supply needs.
    • Collect statistical & anecdotal data to assess project successes and barriers
    • Monitor staff behaviours and report to Manager on issues and opportunities for improvement
  • Support the Manager in scheduling of work, pricing and staffing.
  • Support the Manager in the coordination of site work with partners and outside service providers as needed (eg Green Gardeners Network)
  • Meet weekly with Manager to discuss progress and debrief on project operations
  • Meet weekly with Manager and eco-landscapers to discuss and fill out progress reports and additional paperwork
  • Support the Manager in planning and delivering a Professional Development Plan for eco-landscapers, including training and workshops.
  • Support the manager in business development activities such as attendance to eco-fair, delivery of workshops and talks.

Desired Qualifications and skills

  • Minimum 3 years experience in Horticultural/Landscaping
  • Strong eco-landscaping working knowledge, including garden design and implementation, plant ID, plant maintenance, growth cycles, deadheading, invasive species removal, shrub maintenance and soil amendment.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, experience managing a team of eco-landscapers with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and in physically demanding tasks.
  • Full ‘G’ Drivers license.

Terms of employment and compensation

This is a full-time seasonal position running from mid April to early November 2020, 35 hours a week. The salary will be determined depending on qualification. Starting hourly rate is $25.

To Apply, send your cover letter and resume to Jose Torcal via email:
with “Eco-Landscaping Lead” in your email’s subject line.

Deadline for submissions: April 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM

RAINscapeTO is committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and be equitable by building these objectives and practices into our teams, communities, programs and services. Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 26 2020    ID: 56301