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Ecology, Forestry & Ecosystem Jobs

Position: Natural Resources Workers
Organization: City of Toronto
Work Location: Various locations around Toronto, Ontario (please see below)

Job ID: 17142
Job Category: Parks & Natural Resources
Division & Section: Parks, Forestry & Recreation, PFR UF Urban Forestry
Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Hourly Rate: $30.57
Hours & Shift Information: 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Affiliation: L416 Outside
Number of Positions Open: 9
Posting Period: 10-Jun-2021 to 24-Jun-2021

Work Locations & Number of Positions:

  • Pharmacy Yard, 125 Pharmacy Avenue – 4 vacancies
  • Kipling Yard, 441 Kipling Avenue – 3 vacancies
  • High Park Office, 140 Colborne Lodge Drive – 1 vacancy
  • Oriole Yard, 247 Esther Shiner Boulevard – 1 vacancy

Job Description

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the design, preparation, planting, monitoring and maintenance of natural area plantings and landscapes in City-owned lands, applying ecological principles and silvicultural techniques, as well as all aspects of Plant Health Care.
  • Monitors natural areas and plantings; implements effective Plant Health Care management, including weed control, mechanical cutting, pruning, mulching, water and prescribed burn preparation; performs inventories of plant material; and keeps accurate records.
  • Operates various types of motor vehicles and mechanized forestry maintenance equipment.
  • Completes work reports, including daily log sheets, tailboard meetings, pesticide use forms and inventories, etc.
  • Responds to general natural resource questions from the general public.
  • Participates in community stewardship events, including planting events and site tours.
  • May be required to direct other staff or volunteers.
  • Performs other related work, as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Diploma or certificate in Ecology, Forestry, Ecosystem Management or a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience in native/non-native plant identification (common to the Toronto region), vegetation inventory and monitoring techniques.
  3. Experience in forest management activities, including tree planting and invasive vegetation management by physical or chemical methods.
  4. Possession of a valid Province of Ontario Class "G" Driver’s Licence and ability to qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements, and ability to maintain same.
  5. Possession of an Ontario Pesticide Licence with a Forestry or Landscape Exterminator designation, but the Forestry designation is preferred.
  6. Basic experience utilizing a variety of office equipment or software such as Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.

You must also have:

  • Knowledge in the establishment and maintenance of native plant communities common to the Toronto region, including planting techniques, weed control through chemical or physical methods, and watering.
  • Ability to interpret and implement work plans in order to complete assigned work programs.
  • Familiarity with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
  • Ability to maintain good work relations with crew members.
  • Physical capability of performing required duties and ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Willingness to work in close proximity to poison ivy and in natural environments where they may be exposed to pollens and allergens.
  • Ability and willingness to work with chemical pesticides.

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How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 17142, by Thursday, June 24, 2021.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 10 2021    ID: 60230