Contract Duration: 1 Year Contract
With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.
TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:
Under the direction and guidance of the Senior Arborist, Forestry Services, and in cooperation with Forestry Services and other Restoration Resource Management (RRM) project teams, the Crew Leader position is responsible for providing specific skilled labour and equipment operation support in the delivery of forestry, and arboricultural. Foremost, this involves participation in the safe operation and maintenance of a complete range of required tools and equipment, while demonstrating current skills, techniques and best management practices. Compliance with, and adherence to, all relevant federal, provincial and municipal laws, acts and regulations, TRCA Policies and Procedures, industry standards, and project details, with a strong focus on Health and Safety is required. In addition, the Crew Leader 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.
- Provide daily worksite supervision and active, operational support on assigned forestry, and arboricultural services projects – hazard tree abatement, tree and forest inventories, stand improvement and other RRM team projects.
- Provide daily worksite supervision and / or active, operational support in the following program: Forestry – stand tending with marking, tree felling / harvesting based on predetermined forest prescriptions, forest inventory and data collection, hazard tree assessment, monitoring and removal, high value ash tree injections, forest pest monitoring and mitigation / control, and access and firebreak maintenance projects; and, invasive species management.
- Coordinate with Site Supervisors, Lead Hands and other Crew Leaders for staffing and equipment requirements.
- Schedule and supervise the maintenance of assigned equipment and ensure that all materials meet specified requirements.
- 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.
- Complete daily site work records, cost ledgers and prepare reports as directed.
- Perform hazard assessments and daily ‘tailgate safety talks’ relevant to changes in type of work and site conditions and take required action to mitigate identified hazards.
- Other duties as assigned.
What you will need to succeed:
- Post-secondary education in forestry, or forest management, resource management, arboriculture, horticulture, or an equivalent combination of education, skills and experience.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in implementation tasks in areas of specialization including a minimum of 1 year of experience in supervisory tasks.
- Demonstrated daily work site coordination, site supervision, and associated responsibilities.
- Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all relevant federal, provincial and municipal laws, acts and regulations, TRCA Policies and Procedures, and industry standards and their application to major task areas.
- Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
- Demonstrated high level of technical ability in the safe operation and maintenance of equipment related to program specialization.
- Current Chainsaw Operator and First Aid / CPR certificates are required.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with proven leadership and ability to coach staff.
- Basic GPS and computer literacy skills including word processing, spreadsheet and database functions.
- Demonstrated knowledge of native plants and their habitats, with excellent plant identification skills.
- Demonstrated ability in stand improvement, forest inventory; hazard tree abatement; and invasive species management.
- Valid Class G Driver’s License (AZ license is an asset).
What TRCA has to offer you:
As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).
You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:
- Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
- Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
- Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
- Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
- Provides unique TRCA Perks.
- Provides flexible work arrangements.
- Offers potential for career growth and advancement.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting TRCA-006-21 prior to midnight on January 24, 2021.
While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check.
TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.
Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.