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Positions: FORESTRY DATA COLLECTOR (Tree Planting)
Employer: City of Toronto

  • Job ID: 26314
  • Job Category: Parks & Natural Resources
  • Division & Section: Parks, Forestry & Recreation, PFR UF Urban Forestry
  • Work Location: MOATFIELD FARM PARK - CLARK LOCKE HOUSE, 355 Lesmill Rd, Toronto, M3B 2W8
  • Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent
  • Hourly Rate and Wage Grade: $28.93- $31.71, TF4405, Wage Grade 6
  • Shift Information: Monday - Friday, 40 Hours per Week, 7:00am – 3:30pm
  • Affiliation: L79 Full-time
  • Number of Positions Open: 3
  • Posting Period: 11-May-2022 to 25-May-2022

Reporting to the Supervisor, Tree Planting and Tree Nursery, the Forestry Data Collector is a key member of the Urban Forest Renewal team, contributing to the planning, implementation and inspection of various planting programs aimed at increasing the urban forest canopy across the City of Toronto. The primary functions associated with this position include, but are not limited to:

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts site visits in various settings to take photos and measurements, collect data related to tree planting such as species, location and site conditions and monitor planting survival, tree health and insect/disease problems.
  • Identifies potential tree planting sites on street right-of-ways, open spaces, parks.
  • Performs surveys for specific signs and symptoms of pests and diseases on trees located on public and private lands.
  • Performs minor pruning of branches of trees as required, working from the ground.
  • Participates in the implementation of pest management programs, completing repetitive manual tasks such as setting up and monitoring insect traps, performing branch dissections, controlling insect populations by removal, vacuuming, spot spraying or treating egg masses.
  • Uses computers and other field and data collection devices and software to input and tabulate data, map tree locations and develop planting plans.
  • Reads and interprets sketches, maps and plans showing tree and property data.
  • Answers or refers inquiries from the public relating to the work program (e.g. tree planting and species selection, tree related by-laws), communicating documented information when required.
  • Performs tasks (independently in all weather conditions) such as updating tree inventory, preparation of planting plans, delivery of notices, mapping and inventory of trees, assessing tree health, etc.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Post-Secondary education in Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience in tree planting with regards to tree species, site selection, planting requirements and maintenance.
  3. Experience in the identification and treatment of common biotic and abiotic tree stresses in the urban environment.
  4. Experience using GIS tools and the ability to utilize a variety of software packages such as Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel), e-mail and other software packages relevant to supporting the Division (i.e. TMMS).
  5. Must possess a valid Province of Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License and must qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements and be able to maintain same.

You must also have:

  • Ability to implement work plans in a timely manner and maintain simple records of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of tree morphology, physiology and dendrology.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and drawings.
  • Must be familiar with the Occupational Health & Safety Act (and associated regulations), the Highway Traffic Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
  • Must be physically capable of performing required duties.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

Note: All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.


City of Toronto employees must apply to full-time or part-time employment opportunities posted on the City's Internal Job Posting Portal.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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


The City of Toronto 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.

For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at the following link Jobs at the City ( Please apply to this opportunity by May 25, 2022.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 11 2022    ID: 64393