Crew Leader, Planting and Stewardship - Short-Term Contract Position (TRCA-038-21)

Contract Duration: April 12 - June 11, with the possibility of extension

Number of Vacancies: 2 positions

About TRCA:

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:

To provide crew leadership to junior staff and specific skilled labour in a dynamic team environment to implement private and public land reforestation projects. Candidates will lead planting and site preparation crews and will actively participate in the safe operation and maintenance of a range of required tools and equipment. Candidates will demonstrate the relevant skills, techniques, and best management practices for site preparations, tree planting, and post planting maintenance. 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. Providing excellent customer service and working safely is a major responsibility of this position.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide crew leadership and actively participate in pre-planting site-preparation and implementation of reforestation and naturalization projects focusing on terrestrial and riparian plantings on private and public lands.
  • Operate and maintain assigned tools and equipment safely, efficiently, and in accordance with approved project design and details.
  • 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 work reports and project information records as assigned.
  • Assist with the supervision, training, and motivation of junior staff in compliance with the TRCA Health and Safety Policies as well as all relevant Federal, Provincial, and Municipal legislation and regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • 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.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Post-secondary education in biology, forestry or forest management, resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Minimum one (1) to two (2) years of experience in ecological restoration, reforestation, or commercial landscaping; three (3) or more years' experience preferred.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with proven leadership and ability to coach staff. One (1) or more years of supervisory experience is an asset.
  • Proficient knowledge of southern Ontario’s riparian, and terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of native plants and their habitats, with proficient plant identification skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in the safe operation of motorized utility vehicles.
  • Familiarity with farm and construction equipment, including tractors and implements is an asset.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to work outdoors in adverse conditions.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Standard First Aid / CPR is an asset
  • Valid Ontario G Class driver’s license.  Class A (R) license / trailer experience is an asset.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to 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-038-21 prior to midnight on March 5, 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. 



Restoration and Infrastructure
Salary range: 
$27.86 - $30.20, 40 hours per hour
Restoration Services Centre - 9741 Canada Company Avenue. Woodbridge, Ontario
Closing date: 
Mar 5, 2021
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