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Position: Machine Treeplanter
Organization: Bartram Woodlands Ltd.
Location: Guelph, Ontario

Full-time Seasonal Contract 4 Week (plus optional 4-week extension)

Start Date: April 19-26, 2021. Completion Date: May 28. Option to: June 25, 2021*

Job Description:

Outdoor work in all-weather conditions. Machine-assisted planting of tree seedlingson rural and urban properties in Southern Ontario. Operate farm tractor to plant trees by hand within a mechanical transplanter.

Work requires mechanical aptitude, proven experience operating farm tractors and machinery as well as good physical fitness and excellent mental stamina.

Work in a small 3-person crew will require excellent teamwork skills and the ability to learn new techniques and receive constructive feedback on how to improve planting quality and efficiency.

Shared piecework payment will provide successful applicants an opportunity for rewarding compensation in cooperation with their machine planting crew.

To succeed you will need to work to the full extent of your capacity for the duration of our planting season. We provide experienced supervisors and thorough training to assist you in maximizing your potential earnings as quickly as possible.

Work is based from Guelph, but frequently includes out-of-town projects requiring week-long accommodation in hotels on weeknights. The crews always return to Guelph on weekends. All hotel accommodation and transport are supplied at no cost, but you must supply and prepare your own food each day.

*Optional Extended Contract: Will require change of duties to includes manual forestry activities such as: Brush Chipping, Herbicide Application, Restoration Planting of potted stock and Mulching tree seedlings. Contract extension can be negotiated prior to final job offer.

Job Requirements

  • Any of the following skills/ training will be considered strong assets:
  • Farm tractor and machinery operation or similar
  • Mechanical aptitude: repairs, trouble shooting, and maintenance
  • Experience driving work vehicles
  • Demanding outdoor labour experience
  • High-performance fitness training or organized sports training
  • 1st Aid Certification

Applicants must have permanent housing in Guelph or be able to reasonably commute to Guelph.

Applicant must have a Clean Driver’s license – G Class or Higher

Successful applicants must sign a Contract to work a 4-week period starting in the period from April 19-26 and completed by May 28, 2021. (With optional contract extension to be negotiated.)

Timing and Payment Details:

Daily Hours: 6:30AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday with occasional work on Saturdays. No work on Sundays.

3-Day Training Period: All new staff must complete this training and orientation to Southern Ontario machine planting techniques. Wages will be paid hourly for all field work at $18.00 per hour for new staff with no previous machine treeplanting experience.

Piecework Rates: Paid per 1000 trees planted as a team. Personal rate paid based on experience between $30.00-$40.00 per 1000.

Higher rates may be paid on selected projects based on difficulty of work.

Travel and Down Time: Expect 1-4 hours for all travel is included in the piecework rate shown above. Travel time may be paid on occasion at a rate of $16.50 per hour when equipment must be relocated longer distances. During any prolonged equipment breakdown, “Down time” will be paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour.

Bonuses: Experienced machine planters will be eligible for both payments listed below

  1. Performance Bonus (1-5%): Weekly assessment of you conduct on the worksite completed by your supervisor and summarized with comments on your payroll statement.
  2. Contract Completion Bonus (5%): Receive an additional 5% bonus will be paid for the successful completion of the entire 4-week contract period.

Statutory Holiday pay and Overtime: Employees will be paid for all Statutory holidays and regular “time-and-a-half” overtime after 44 hours per week.

Average Daily Pay (all payments and bonuses): $175.00-$250.00 per day


Standard COVID-19 precautions for outdoor work and travel in company vehicles will be maintained at all times. In-person Covid-19 assessments and daily online health screening are required. Regular handwashing, vehicle wipe downs, and masks mandatory for all travel and close proximity on worksites.

How to Apply:

Contact Kyla Boltz , to request an Information Sheet that will provide a detailed description of the job experience and further instruction on where to upload your resume and cover letter to receive consideration for an online video interview.

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

A first round of interviews will be held on February 23, 2021. We will contact you if selected for an interview.

Subsequent Interview Dates if required: March 9, 2021; March 30, 2021
Reference ID: MP-2021
Contract length: 8 weeks
Application Deadline: 2021-02-19
Expected Start Date: 2021-04-19
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $175.00-$250.00 per day


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 9 2021    ID: 58615