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Position: Restoration Treeplanters
Organization: Bartram Woodlands Ltd
Location: based out of Guelph, Ontario (see below)

Full-time Seasonal - 7 Week Contract

Start Date: April 28, 2021
Completion Date: June 11, 2021

Job Description

Outdoor work in all-weather conditions. Difficult, physically demanding treeplanting of potted tree stock by hand with fire shovels in urban parks and on rural farm properties in Southern Ontario.

Duties include supplemental work such loading and distributing all nursery stock, installing tree-protection spirals, hand watering with buckets and manually applying wood mulch or weed mats around planted trees.

Work requires excellent fitness and mental stamina, as well as the ability to learn new techniques and receive constructive feedback on how to improve quality and efficiency.

Complex planting sites on private property and in the public domain requires absolute obedience and excellent listening skills with the ability to follow detailed instruction independently. This is highly visible work that requires excellent quality at all times.

Piecework payment will provide successful applicants an excellent individual opportunity for rewarding compensation, provided they are able to deliver high quality planting while working in a technically challenging Southern Ontario treeplanting environment.

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 often includes out-of-town projects requiring 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.

Job Requirements

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

  • Demanding outdoor labour or farm labour experience
  • High-performance fitness training or organized sports training
  • 1st Aid Certification and/or G-class driver's license, with no demerits

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

Successful applicants must sign a Contract to work a 7-week period starting April 28 - June 11, 2021.

Note: Option for a longer season to be based on supply of work, worker skill set, and availability of the worker.

Timing and Payment Details

Daily Hours: 6:30am to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday, occasional work on Saturday
Weekly Schedule: Work 5 days per week, with occasional Saturday work, all Sundays off.

3-Day Training Period: All new staff must complete this training and orientation to Southern Ontario planting techniques. Wages will be paid hourly for all field work at $16.50 per hour for new staff with no previous professional treeplanting experience.

Piecework RATES:

Small potted trees (1-2 Gallon pot) $1.50-2.50 per tree;

Large potted stock (3-5 gallon pot) $3.50-$4.50 per tree

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

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 $15.00/hour. All transportation to the worksites is provided. Note: Employee who cannot travel to the company yard can arrange to be picked up in Guelph.

Hourly Work: Occasional hourly field work is paid at $18.00 per hour

Bonuses: Restoration Planters will be eligible for both bonus payments listed below

  • Performance Bonus (1-5%): Weekly assessment of you conduct on the worksite completed by your supervisor and summarized with comments on your payroll statement.
  • Contract Completion Bonus (5%): Receive an additional 5% bonus will be paid for the successful completion of the entire 7-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: REST 2021
Application Deadline: 2021-03-15
Expected Start Date: 2021-04-28
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $175.00-$250.00 per day

COVID-19 considerations:

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.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 9 2021    ID: 58612