SUMMARY OF FUNCTION:
Working in a dynamic team environment under the supervision of an Arborist Technician, the Arborist Groundperson is responsible for providing specific skilled labour and equipment operation support in the delivery of arboricultural services. Foremost, this includes participation in the safe operation and maintenance of a complete range of required tools and arboricultural equipment, actively acting as the secondary and rescue climber, and demonstrating current skills, techniques and best management practices. Assigned tasks include tree inventory, assessment, evaluation, pruning, removal and chipping, the prevention, removal and extermination of pests and invasive species for capital projects, forest health and hazard maintenance, and tree planting and reforestation. In addition, the Arborist Groundperson is responsible for assisting with the coaching and development of junior staff, the care and maintenance of assigned and shared resources, and the completion of project information records while providing excellent customer and client service. Working safely is a condition of employment.
- Post-secondary education in arboriculture, urban forestry, or a related field
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in implementation tasks
- Demonstrated high level of technical expertise and knowledge of best practices in Arboricultural services
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of all relevant federal, provincial and municipal laws, acts and regulations, specifically the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, TRCA Policies and Procedures, and industry standards and their application to major task areas
- Demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply forestry plans, drawings, details and specifications.
- Demonstrated high level of technical ability in the safe operation and maintenance of all vehicles and equipment related to Arboricultural Services, in particular as secondary climber and rescue climbing
- Competence in forest inventory and herbicide / pesticide application.
- Current, valid Class G Driver’s License (AZ is an asset), Chainsaw Operator and First Aid / CPR certificates
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to coach staff
- Basic GPS and computer literacy skills including word processing, spreadsheet and database functions.
- Proof of training or certification in the following would be an asset: Certified Arborist, Utilities Arborist, Rescue Climbing, Hazard Tree Assessor, Butternut Assessor, Forestry or Landscape Exterminator, Cutter / Skidder, Fall Arrest, MFTIP, ELC, Horticulture, 'Train the trainer', Aerial Lift Operator, Radial Boom Operator, and GIS.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR TASKS:
Project Implementation and Delivery:
- Safely operate and maintain arboricultural equipment and implement at a high level of technical expertise, efficiency, safety and accuracy.
- Provide active, operational support in the following programs:
- Tree Planting – hand and machine planting of seedlings for reforestations projects, and proper handling, installation and post planting care of bare roots trees and shrubs, ball and burlap, and wire basket caliper trees for riparian and habitat enhancement and softscaping of environmental landscape projects;
- Forestry – stand tending, forest inventory and data collection, hazard tree assessment, monitoring and removal, forest pest monitoring and mitigation / control, and access and firebreak maintenance projects.
- Prepare vehicles, equipment and materials as determined by immediate supervisor for daily site requirements
- Perform circle check on assigned vehicles and equipment, report any issues, and lock out / tag out if required
On-Site Staff Supervision and Support:
- Assist with the completion of daily site work records and cost ledgers.
- Provide informal coaching to meet the development and performance objectives of junior staff.
- For a limited duration in the Arborist Technician’s absence, provide on-site supervision, perform 'tailgate safety talks', and direct tasks for assigned staff, focusing on safety, quality and efficiency to meet client expectations and project milestones / schedules within budget.
TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability-related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.