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Position: Crew Lead – Landscape Maintenance
Company: Pika Landscapes
Location: Whistler, BC

Pika Landscapes has been creating and maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces in Whistler and beyond for more than 20 years.

If you like working outside and getting your hands dirty, have experience in landscape or grounds maintenance and managing a small crew, we want to talk to you.

We’re known for:

  • Quality service
  • Organic principles (Whistler’s only certified Organic Landscape business)
  • Supporting a great work-life balance in a lifestyle-oriented mountain resort town
  • Having fun
  • Our new vehicles and equipment
  • Cultivating a tight-knit, high performing team
  • Having systems in place for much of what we do
  • Our employee onboarding
  • Creating growth opportunities for staff:

    • transparent organizational structure
    • detailed job descriptions and pay scale for each role
    • annual budget allocated to key staff education and training

This is a full-time (40-45hr/week, Monday to Friday) seasonal role starting early April and wrapping up end of October. Rarely do we ask for overtime. There are too many fun things to do at Whistler to work all the time.

We’re looking for someone qualified with roots in Whistler, or looking to plant them, to manage a small crew and be a key part of Pika Landscapes’ growth for years to come.


Job overview

You’ll be tasked with running one of our commercial or residential maintenance crews and you’ll report to the Commercial or Residential Maintenance Manager. You must be familiar with all aspects of landscape maintenance including: cleanups, mowing, mulching, pruning, trimming, edging, line trimming, bed maintenance, fertilizing etc.; and operating all equipment including mowers, line trimmers, blowers, edgers, and hedge trimmers.

Specific responsibilities

  • You’ll be tasked with the weekly maintenance of a select group of residential or commercial properties in the Whistler valley:

    • Coach, teach and motivate your crew of 2-5 people with the aim of improving quality, productivity, safety and morale over time
    • Lead maintenance tasks like mowing, line trimming, edging, weeding, pruning and blowing
  • Inspect all work for quality to eliminate the need for return visits and/or re-work due to quality or customer satisfaction issues
  • Look for opportunities to make improvements to properties; discuss them with your manager to plot a course
  • Move and install soil and plant material to enhance properties
  • Ensure your vehicle, trailer, tools and equipment are in good working condition and cleaned per Pika’s cleanliness and maintenance procedures
  • Job paperwork:

    • Thoroughly get to know the ins and outs of all your properties by taking detailed notes
    • Manage your crew’s clock in and out time through our LMN Time mobile app

Requirements

  • At least 2 seasons under your belt in landscape or grounds maintenance
  • A class 5 driver’s licence in good standing and some experience driving with a trailer
  • An able body that can handle physical tasks all day long
  • Secondary school diploma
  • Horticultural experience (and/or diploma)
  • Experience managing people
  • A working visa or permanent residency

You’ll be good at this job if

  • You’re responsible and dependable, can work with minimal supervision but know when to ask for assistance
  • You love plants: you find yourself using Google to identify and geek out on the habits of various trees, shrubs and plants
  • You love being outside rain or shine
  • You’re a high energy individual capable of building and maintaining professional relationships with customers
  • You’re self-aware, can take direct feedback and want to grow personally
  • You communicate effectively and proactively
  • You’re accountable and have a mature sense of personal responsibility: you say what you think, make commitments and follow through
  • You’ve demonstrated leadership capabilities in past work experiences. In other words, you’ve lead people who both respected your style and grew during their time with you.
  • You’re inclined to smile and be polite even when you don’t feel like it. We want our customers to love you.
  • You like to have fun. Some days are tough due to foul weather, project surprises, challenging personalities, or difficult work but you’re skilled at modeling fun no matter what.
  • You sweat the details. We don’t cut corners and quality is critical.
  • You want (or think you want) a career in landscaping and not just a summer job

Compensation and benefits

  • $23 - $29/hour depending on qualifications and experience
  • Weekly payroll
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Access to subsidized shared staff accommodation during busy season (Apr-Oct) if necessary. This could be a short-term landing spot for you while you sort out long-term accommodation.
  • Support for ongoing training and education after one full year of employment
  • Full-time use of a new company truck including insurance and fuel after one full year of employment. This means you could live in lower-cost-of-living Squamish or Pemberton and commute.
  • One paid week off after three full years of employment

Apply

If interested, please email your resume to:
jobs@pikalandscapes.com
and let us know why you think you’d be a good fit.

pikalandscapes.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 21 2020    ID: 56155