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Positions: Natural Resources Workers
Municipality: City of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Job ID: 763
Job Category: Parks & Natural Resources
Division & Section: Parks, Forestry & Recreation, PFR UF Urban Forestry
Work Location: Various, please see below.
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, 2 Permanent, 4 Temporary: Please see below
Hourly Rate: $29.97
Hours & Shift Information: 40 Hours per week, Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Affiliation: L416 Outside
Selection Process: A Candidate List will be established
Number of Positions Open: 6
Posting Period: 2-Dec-2019 to 16-Dec-2019

Location and Duration:

# of Positions Job Type — Work Location — End Date

  • 1 Perm — Oriole Yard, 247 Esther Shiner Blvd
  • 1 Perm — High Park, 5 Greenhouse Rd.
  • 1 Temp — Kipling Yard, 441 Kipling Yard —  December 31, 2020
  • 1 Temp — High Park, 5 Greenhouse Rd. —  June 30, 2020
  • 1 Temp — Pharmacy Yard, 125 Pharmacy Ave —  June 30, 2020
  • 1 Temp — Pharmacy Yard, 125 Pharmacy Ave — December 31, 2020

Job Description

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the design, preparation, planting, monitoring and maintenance of natural area plantings and landscapes in City-owned lands, applying ecological principles and silvicultural techniques, as well as all aspects of Plant Health Care.
  • Monitors natural areas and plantings; implements effective Plant Health Care management, including weed control, mechanical cutting, pruning, mulching, water and prescribed burn preparation; performs inventories of plant material and keeps accurate records.
  • Operates various types of motor vehicles and mechanized forestry maintenance equipment.
  • Completes work reports, including daily log sheets, tailboard meetings, pesticide use forms and inventories, etc.
  • Responds to general natural resource questions from the general public.
  • Participates in community stewardship events, including planting events and site tours.
  • May be required to direct other staff or volunteers.
  • Performs other related work, as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Diploma or certificate in Ecology, Forestry, Ecosystem Management or a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience in native/non-native plant identification (common to the Toronto region), vegetation inventory and monitoring techniques.
  3. Experience in forest management activities, including tree planting and invasive vegetation management by physical or chemical methods.
  4. Must possess a valid Province of Ontario Class "G" Driver’s Licence and must qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements and be able to maintain same.
  5. Must possess an Ontario Pesticide Licence with a Forestry or Landscape Exterminator designation, but the Forestry designation is preferred.
  6. Basic experience utilizing a variety of office equipment or software such as Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.

You must also have:

  • Knowledge in the establishment and maintenance of native plant communities common to the Toronto region, including planting techniques, weed control through chemical or physical methods and watering.
  • Ability to interpret and implement work plans in order to complete assigned work programs.
  • Must be familiar with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
  • Must be able to maintain good work relations with crew members.
  • Must be physically capable of performing required duties and be able to work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be willing to work in close proximity to poison ivy and in natural environments where they may be exposed to pollens and allergens.
  • Must be able and willing to work with chemical pesticides.

Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Natural Resources Worker within our Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division.

How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 763, by December 16, 2019.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The City of Toronto is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Please click on the link to learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.

To meet organizational needs, consideration for placement will be given to successful candidates from Indigenous and equity-seeking groups and/or individuals who have experience working with diverse populations.


The City is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 2 2019    ID: 55286