Overview

Department: Operations and Infrastructure

Division: Operations

Location: Egypt Operations Yard

Status: Temporary, Full Time (May – November, 2024)

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week

Number of Positions: 1

Wage Range: $37.69 – $41.88 per hour

Date Posted: March 28, 2024

Date Closing: April 5, 2024

Come work with us!

Employment with the Town of Georgina offers an opportunity to make a positive difference in our community. We are a progressive, forward-thinking organization focused on continuous improvement, innovation and providing exceptional customer service. We offer a collaborative team environment and an excellent place to take charge of your career.

Position Purpose:

Responsible for performing maintenance of municipal trees and associated administrative and providing direction to staff. For full details, please see attached job description

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 Year Arboriculture Technician Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post-secondary institution;
  • ISA Certified Arborist;
  • 4 years’ previous experience including the operation, routine maintenance and safe use of related equipment;
  • Valid “G” Driver’s Licence
  • Driver’s Abstract in good standing required to operate Corporation vehicles.

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, identifying the Job Title and Job ID#. Please apply by visiting the www.georgina.ca/careers no later than 11:59 pm on the closing date. The assessment process may include a practical test and/or interview.

Committed to diversity and a barrier-free environment

The Town of Georgina is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Office to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those being considered will be contacted.

Personal information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of candidate selection. Further information concerning the collection of personal information should be directed to the Human Resources Manager.

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Arborist

JOB NO: 92

Department: Operations and Infrastructure

Division: Forestry


PRIMARY FUNCTION
:

Responsible for performing maintenance of municipal trees and associated administrative and providing direction to staff.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Forestry, Horticulture & Infrastructure Supervisor

INDIRECT REPORTS

Contractors; Seasonal/Temporary Employees; Park Attendants


WORKING PROCEDURES:

  • Inspects, trims, prunes, removes and stumps trees; identifies and diagnoses treatment for diseased/damaged trees located on municipal property (including trees impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer).
  • Replaces dead shrubs and hedges and cuts and removes dead brush and other brush growth as necessary.
  • Inspects, identifies and responds to hazardous situations found related to municipal trees as they relate to public safety, or damage to property.
  • Conducts tree maintenance and removal as necessary.
  • Performs Emerald Ash Borer management.
  • Plants, mulches, fertilizes and waters new trees.
  • Assists the Supervisor with the development and implementation of programs, including Emerald Ash Program.
  • Inspects and diagnoses common pathogens and insects that impact woody plants.
  • Identifies tree species and their growth characteristics.
  • Performs winter control and snow removal duties as needed.
  • Prepares work schedules, as requested/required on a daily, weekly and/or annual basis and assists with time sheets.
  • Completes daily operational and safety checks, maintains appropriate documentation and ensures necessary repairs and maintenance are carried out.
  • Supervises/oversees contracted maintenance activities.
  • Recommends purchases necessary for division including equipment, material and labour as required and receives/signs for authorized supplies.
  • Ensures divisional staff observe all safety and other pertinent regulations/procedures and policies.
  • Conducts performance evaluation reviews on seasonal employees ensuring Occupational Health and Safety performance is evaluated.
  • Operates, as necessary, equipment/vehicles, including but not limited to bucket truck/cherry picker as part of daily operations.
  • Responds to enquiries from and/or liaises with the public and contractors regarding maintenance conditions and activities and resolves complaints or refers to Supervisor for resolve.
  • Provides guidance to divisional staff including orientation, occupational health and safety, training on the effective/safe operation of equipment and maintenance standards/expectations.
  • Assists with the recruitment process of seasonal staff.
  • Identifies areas of concern/problems and resolves situation and/or refers to the Supervisor for resolve.
  • Participates in the Town’s Health & Safety Program and complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, other applicable legislation and best practices.
  • Maintains knowledge of and adheres to all Town of Georgina Policies and Procedures.
  • Participates in ongoing Training and Development and ensures all mandatory requirements are met and maintained.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions and duties of the position and will not be construed as a detailed description of the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

SKILL/KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Training:

  • 2 Year Arboriculture Technician Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post-secondary institution;
  • ISA Certified Arborist;
  • Safety & Awareness for Line Clearing Certificate from the Electrical & Safety Utilities Association of Ontario (E&USA) considered an asset;
  • ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ), Ministry of Environment Pesticide licenses and computer proficiency in Microsoft Suite and GIS Tree Inventory are considered assets.

Experience:

  • 4 years’ previous experience including the operation, routine maintenance and safe use of related equipment;
  • Up to one (1) year on the job for the period of adjustment, orientation, and adaptation.

Knowledge:

  • Thorough knowledge and proven ability to work using mechanical, rope saddle and tools related to the industry;
  • Knowledge of the care and management of the urban forest;
  • Working knowledge of all applicable health and safety regulations and legislation.

Competencies:

  • Physically capable of performing all related tasks including tree planting and working proficiently aloft;
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, supervisory, communication and leadership skills;
  • Strong customer service skills; good written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work alone and provide leadership in a team environment;
  • Ability to work weekends/evenings/on call as required;
  • Valid “G” Driver’s Licence
  • Driver’s Abstract in good standing required to operate Corporation vehicles.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Requirement to travel to various locations;
  • May be required to work in and withstand severe cold and adverse weather conditions.
  • May be exposed to physical hazards consistent with the job duties