SUMMER STUDENT JOB
Position: SNAP Tree Care Team Leader
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: Surrey's Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP)
Location: Surrey, Greater Vancouver BC
Term: May 6 – August 23, 2019
Hours: 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday, with potential for some weekend and evening work
About Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership:
SNAP is a unique youth-focused program operated as a partnership between three local non-profits and the City of Surrey, administered by the Green Timbers Heritage Society. Our objectives are to:
- restore and enhance Surrey’s natural areas and wildlife habitat;
- raise awareness of the benefits of nature, and the importance of Surrey’s urban forest;
- encourage public participation in the stewardship of Surrey’s parks and trees; and
- empower youth to become future leaders in environmental education and conservation.
The Tree Care Team Leader will lead a team of staff to implement maintenance and enhancement projects on Surrey’s network of shade trees (e.g. tree well installation and maintenance, pruning, invasive removal, dead tree- and stake removals, special projects), under the direction of the SNAP Program Coordinator. This is a field-based position. The successful applicant will receive training and experience in urban forestry enhancement and shade tree maintenance techniques.
- Assist with the training, supervision, and evaluation of team members and volunteers;
- Maintain accurate daily records, track project deliverables, provide updates and progress reports to supervisors, and write a final report;
- Ensure work is completed in a safe and efficient manner;
- Communicate with the public as an ambassador of SNAP and our partner organizations;
- Occasionally assist other SNAP teams with staffing special events, leading community stewardship events, and other educational outreach activities;
- Other related duties as required.
Required Qualifications and Competencies:
- Some post-secondary study in a related field such as urban forestry or arboriculture;
- Knowledge of basic ecological principles; demonstrated ability to identify common shade trees; working knowledge of tree maintenance;
- Demonstrated experience working outdoors, and willingness/ability to perform repetitive, physically demanding work in all weather conditions;
- Supervisory and/or leadership experience; ability to foster a positive, productive and collaborative team environment while maintaining safety and work quality;
- Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to handle multiple priorities and changing circumstances;
- Strong public relations, interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal);
- Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs;
- Provide steel-toed boots;
- Valid Class 5 BC driver’s licence with a safe driving history, and willingness to submit a driver’s abstract;
- Valid level 1 First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain prior to the start of employment);
- As a condition of pending Canada Summer Jobs program funding:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada and BC.
- Completion of a Police Information Check will be required as a condition of employment.
- Submit a cover letter expressing why you are interested in the position and how you meet our required qualifications and competencies.
- Submit a resume that clearly outlines your relevant work and volunteer experience.
- Ensure the subject line of your email reads “Tree Care Team Leader – [first and last name]”.
- Send your application to:
Applications will be accepted until February 19, 2019.
While we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information on the SNAP program, please visit our website: http://www.surreysnaturalareaspartnership.com
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