Urban Forestry Specialist

Public Works – Transportation

Regular Full-Time

Pay Band: $89,469 – $111,834 per annum.

Work Mode: Hybrid
Location: 2 Copper Road, Brampton
Hours of Work: 35 hours/week

Urban forestry in Peel Region involves the management, conservation and enhancement of trees and green spaces within the urban environment. We recognize the importance of trees and greenery in enhancing the quality of life for our residents, improving air quality, providing habitat for wildlife and offering recreational opportunities.
Peel’s urban forestry program involves initiatives such as tree planting, maintenance, and protection; along with education and outreach efforts to engage residents. We implement policies and regulations related to tree preservation and planting within urban areas to ensure sustainable development.
The role:
This role offers a unique opportunity to make a tangible impact on the urban landscape. As the steward of 17,000 urban street trees and associated greenery, you’ll be at the forefront of ensuring the Region’s natural assets are not only preserved but thrive.
From developing innovative strategies for inventory management to spearheading conservation efforts, every decision you make will contribute to the Region’s environmental sustainability and the well-being of residents.
You’ll be responsible for overseeing capital projects and maintenance contracts. Your expertise will guide the region in navigating challenges and providing support to various department and stakeholders.
It provides the opportunity to collaborate and build partnerships with local municipalities and conversation authorities to complete tree replacement programs. Together you will work towards a common goal of enhancing green spaces and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship.
In this role you will:
Contract Administration:
  • Develop and administer various tree installation, replacement, and maintenance contracts.
  • Schedule contractors for tree removal, stump grinding and the replacement of tree assets.
  • Pre-planting inspection of a site to identify constraints, impacts or conflicts (Ex: Utilities) and protection solutions for existing trees ahead of construction activities.
  • Detailed review of engineering drawings, confirming all plant material adheres to contract specifications and that the material is planted as per specifications.
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the contracts. Coordinate with purchasing and provide vendor performance reports where necessary. Ensure that deficiencies are addressed and rectified during the warranty period after planting. Track, verify and approve invoices.
  • Participate as a team member on roads capital projects and provide comments.
Urban Forestry Management:
  • Create a 5-year plan for management on the health of Regional trees and shrubs.
  • Prepare and direct a program of inspections, trimming, block pruning, mulching and emergency response.
  • Identify and diagnose tree disease and insect damage. Specify a course of action.
  • Work with internal departments to develop a process to collect data to update the Region’s tree and shrub inventory. Update the inventory and perform a Level 1 and Level 2 risk assessment as part of the inventory process. Arrange for the mapping of the tree locations in ArcGIS.
  • Generate maintenance schedules, manage contractors, develop a work flow process that collaborates with other internal departments.
  • Prepare a budget and business case for the implementation of activities.
Coordination of Projects with Local Municipalities and Conservation Authorities:
  • Meet with partners on a regular basis to address Regional goals for tree replacements that work with both the vision of the local municipalities and meet the direction of the Conservation Authorities.
  • Collaborate on planting plans including design of shrub beds under trees to improve permaculture.
  • Respond to Councillors and residents about issues relating to urban forest inventory.
  • Provide opinion on other issues related to urban forestry including climate change, planning policy, green infrastructure management and heritage designation of trees.
  • May be asked to inspect, manage or administer the contract for other regional road infrastructure assets as required.
  • May be asked to evaluate landscaping replacement quotes and arborist reports for Real Property Asset Management.
What the role requires:
  • Member in good standing as a Registered Professional Forester in the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA). ISA Certified Arborist with experience in the industry of urban forest management. Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications under the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) preferred.
  • Graduate from an approved diploma program in Arboriculture, Horticulture or Natural Resources Management; or a BSc. in Forestry, Environmental Sciences or Ecosystem Science and Management or equivalent experience horticulture/forestry experience. Membership in the Canadian Institute of Forestry, International Society of Arboriculture or similar organization preferred.
  • Knowledge of urban forest principles and concepts related to transportation planning, design, construction and maintenance including hazard tree assessment and understanding of tree health and survival in a rural and urban context.
  • Knowledge of tree biology and physiology, including strong tree identification skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable Acts, legislation and by-laws including The Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations.
  • Ability to read and interpret landscape drawings to ensure application of horticultural and forestry elements.
  • Computer literacy in a Windows environment utilizing Microsoft programs such as word processing, spread sheet and database applications and G.
  • Interpersonal skills to present, communicate and inform diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively within a team environment.
  • A valid “G” driver’s license in good standing.
  • CSA work boots required.
Perks @ Peel and why you will love working for us:
  • Comprehensive Health, Dental, Vision benefit plan including psychological health
  • Automatic enrolment into OMERS pension plan
  • Accrue Vacation on a monthly basis up to 3 weeks per annum
  • 3 Paid personal days and floating holidays
  • Flexible hours supporting your wellness and wellbeing
  • Annual performance review and merit increases based on performance
  • Supportive leadership and a culture of respect and inclusion
Work Mode & Job Location: In this role you will have the ability to work remotely and attend on-site when required based on operational requirements at the 2 Copper Rd., Brampton, ON worksite. The frequency of on-site activities may vary on a weekly basis and based on operational requirements. Your remote work location must be located within the province of Ontario.

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week

The Region of Peel offers job based flexible hours of work that allows employees to manage personal and professional responsibilities while at the same time ensures business operational needs and customer service expectations are achieved.

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At Peel Region, we value being open and transparent with our community. Peel Region will not be dissolved. The Ontario government has updated legislation to recalibrate the scope of the Transition Board to seek recommendations on land use planning, water & wastewater, regional roads, and waste management. Peel remains committed to providing uninterrupted services to our residents and businesses through the review. Skilled and qualified professionals are and will be needed to deliver services to the Peel community regardless of the governance model. For information about our transition and how we continue delivering services, visit 

About Us:

Peel Region consists of the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon. Peel Region delivers essential services to more than 1.5 million residents and approximately 175,000 businesses.
We’re working to create a community that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. A place where everyone feels they belong and can access the services they need to thrive throughout each stage of life.
Our workforce is 6,700 strong and since 1974, we’ve been delivering a wide range of resident focused services. Our services include paramedic services, health programs, long-term care and services for seniors, child care support, garbage collection and recycling, waste water and water treatment, road maintenance, financial assistance, and housing support.
Recognized by Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month® with the Great Employer Award presented by Excellence Canada, Peel Region is a place where everyone feels they belong. We strive to develop a workplace that values and respects diversity, practices inclusion, recognizes the unique contributions and abilities of all people and facilitates innovative thinking. At Peel Region, people come first. Each employee has an important role within our community and when we work together, it’s impactful. We encourage you to join us in delivering essential services and programs to our diverse community. You won’t find a better opportunity than Peel Region.

Additional Information:

Peel Region is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is respected and valued for their contributions, and where everyone is treated fairly and has opportunity to grow and develop. As one of the most diverse regions in Canada, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the population we serve.

Peel Region is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process, upon request. If you require accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. Accessible formats and communication supports are available. Please contact zzg-hrtalentacquisition@peelregion.ca

Please be advised, Peel Region uses email to communicate with applicants for open job competitions and does not use AI technology in any part of the recruitment process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e., testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the position and your application will be removed from the competition.