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Position: Treeplanter and Herbicide Applicator
Company: Bartram Woodlands Ltd.
Location: Guelph, Ontario

TREEPLANTER and HERBICIDE APPLICATOR: Full-Time Fixed-Term Position, 9-Week Contract

Start Date: April 29, 2024
Completion Date: June 28, 2024


***Applications will not be considered without a Cover Letter and Resume***

Job Description – Seasonal Backpack Herbicide Applicator and Treeplanter

Outdoor manual labour in all-weather conditions on rural and urban forested properties in Southern Ontario. Position will involve planting tree seedlings by hand for 2-3 weeks, followed by backpack herbicide application for tending of seedlings and invasive species control for the remainder of the contract period. Details as follows:

Handplanting (April 29 – approx. May 15): Workers hired for this position will receive basic training to plant tree seedlings and potted stock by hand at the start of the season. All training paid hourly for the first 3 days, opportunity for piecework pay begins after training period. The successful candidate will then plant trees by hand for the first 2-3 weeks of the contract period, along with any additional tasks including watering by hand, staking, and installing coco-mats and tree-protection guards to planted trees. This worker will also be expected to assist with handplanting projects where necessary throughout the remainder of the Spring planting season.

Backpack Herbicide Application (approx. May 15 – June 28): This work will begin around May 15, depending on weather and site conditions. The worker will be supervised on site at all times by a licensed pesticide applicator. Work is weather dependent and can involve working weekends or shortened hours during heatwaves. Work will be cancelled on days when weather is not suitable, with assignment to other work crews where possible. The following points outline the 2 types of backpack herbicide application required for this position:

  • Spot Tending – Spring Treeplant: Backpack herbicide application around planted seedlings to reduce weed and grass competition. Handplanting may be completed intermittently during this time period.
  • Invasive Species Control: This work will begin in June, after spot tending is complete. Includes basal bark, foliar, and cut stump applications of herbicide to control a variety of invasive species.

Other Duties: Position may also include some invasive brush chipping, watering trees and manual weed control. All work includes supplemental tasks of loading and unloading equipment, and maintaining clean equipment, worksite, and work vehicle(s).

Demanding Physical Labour: All work requires excellent fitness and mental stamina. To succeed you will need to work to the full extent of your capacity for the duration of the contract period. We will provide thorough training to assist you in maximizing your potential earnings as quickly as possible. Many tasks will be paid by piecework, with opportunity for additional reward for hard work.

Work is based from Guelph, and all planting staff must have their own seasonal accommodation in the Guelph area. Frequent out-of-town projects will also require accommodation in hotels on weeknights and staff will always return to Guelph for weekends. All hotel accommodation and transport are supplied at no cost to employees, but you must supply and prepare your own food each day. Board and accommodation in the Guelph area is not provided.

Job Requirements

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work outdoors while completing repetitive tasks, crouching/bending down, and standing and walking all day in various off-trail terrain while carrying heavy planting bags/backpack herbicide tank.
  • Successful applicants must sign an Employment Contract to work a 9-week period from April 29, 2024 to June 28, 2024.
  • Able to travel and stay in hotels out-of-town for 4-5 nights every week during employment contract.
  • Applicants must also have accommodation in the Guelph area for weekends, training days and occasional local work.

Any of the following skills/ training will be considered strong assets:

  • Forestry Technician Diploma
  • Forestry Pesticide Applicator License (Technician or Exterminator)*
  • Clean G-Class driver’s license with minimum 2 years of driving history
  • Experience driving work vehicles
  • Previous tree planting experience
  • Demanding outdoor or farm labour experience
  • High-performance fitness training or organized sports training
  • 1st Aid Certification

*Company will pay for a Pesticide Technician training manual and license, requires home study and written test prior to May 15.

Timing and Payment Details

Daily Hours: approx. 6:30AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday, with regular shifts on weekends when weather cancellations occur during the weekdays.

Dates: Start April 29, 2024, finish June 28, 2024.

3-Day Training Period: All new and returning seasonal staff must complete this training and orientation to Southern Ontario planting techniques. All work during training period will be paid hourly at $18.50/hr for new/inexperienced planters, and $20.00/hr for experienced planters with at least 1 previous season of experience.

SAMPLE Piecework Rates: opportunity for efficient workers to earn higher wages.

Backpack Herbicide Application:

  • Piecework Rates: Backpack spot application around tree seedlings is paid on a piecework basis, averaging $0.08- $0.12 per tree. Average daily pay range: $200-$350+/day.
  • Hourly Pay: Backpack spot application to control Invasive species is paid on an hourly basis starting at $22.50/hour for unlicensed trainees, $25.00/hour for technicians and $27.50/hour for licensed applicators.

Hand Planting:

  • Bare Root Seedlings: $0.30-$0.40 per tree.
  • Average daily piecework pay range: $160-$250/day (new planters)

Hourly Work: Occasional hourly field work is paid at $20 per hour (new planters) or $22.50 per hour (experienced planters). Hourly compensation is only for projects that cannot be compensated by piecework.

Travel Time: Expect 1-3 hours travel daily. All travel time from the company yard to the worksites and back paid at a rate of $17.00/hour. All transportation to the worksites is provided. (Driver pay starts at $18.50 per hour and will increase to $20 per hour once training is completed.)

Note: Employees who cannot travel to the company yard can arrange for to be picked up in Guelph (at the loss of a ½ hour of travel time per daily).

Bonuses: Seasonal treeplanters will be eligible for all bonus payments listed below:

  1. Contract Completion Bonus (5%): Receive an additional 5% bonus on all accumulated wages for the successful completion of the entire seasonal contract period.
  2. Quality Bonus (0-5%): 1% of bonus payment for each percentage above 90% quality, up to 95% - maximum available bonus of 5%. (Paid on Treeplanting only.)

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): $200.00-$300.00 per day

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 mention that you found this posting on GoodWork.


  • Date 1: February 13, 2024
  • Date 2: February 27, 2024
  • Date 3: March 25, 2024

We will contact you if selected for an interview. Thank you for applying!

***Applications will not be considered without a Cover Letter and Resume***

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 6 2024    ID: 70169