Field Staff, Nursery Operations - Short-Term and Full-Time Contract (TRCA-048-19)


  • 2 Full-Time Contracts at 2 years
  • 1 Short-Term Contract at 8 months

Under the guidance and direction of the Superintendent - Indigenous Plant Propagation, and in cooperation with the Conservation Lands and Trails and Forestry Services project teams, the Field Staff position is responsible for providing general labour and equipment operation support in the delivery of TRCA’s Nursery Operations and Forest Management Projects. Candidates will be exposed to, and gain experience in, the propagation, care, and handling of plant materials, tree and shrub identification, seed collection, and the safe operation and maintenance of a wide range of tools and equipment.  They will be expected to provide excellent client and customer service.  Working safely will also be a condition of employment.


Perform the following tasks under direct supervision:

  • Assist with all Nursery Operations including, but not limited to, seed collection, cleaning and sowing; transplanting of nursery stock; pruning, cultivation, fertilization, irrigation, weeding, digging of coniferous and deciduous stock, and inventorying of nursery stock.
  • Provide active operational support with the shipping, receiving and delivery of plant materials
  • Safely operate and maintain trucks, tractors, mounted tillage implements and other horticultural equipment and hand tools.
  • Participate in the application of appropriate herbicides, pesticides and fungicides under supervision by a licensed pesticide and herbicide applicator
  • Participate in the maintenance of a safe, clean work environment through application of good housekeeping practices and in compliance with the TRCA Health and Safety Policies and all relevant Federal, Provincial and Municipal legislation and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Post-secondary education in resource management, restoration ecology, forestry, horticulture or an equivalent combination of education, skills and experience.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in implementation tasks in areas of specialization.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR is an asset.
  • Valid Ontario G or G2 driver's license.


  • Demonstrated experience and aptitude for forestry and nursery operations.
  • Experience in dendrology and woody plant identification skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions.
  • Familiarity with farm, landscape and construction equipment, including small tools and larger machinery.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting # TRCA-048-19 prior to midnight on February 21, 2019.

While 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 and/or drivers 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’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

Restoration and Infrastructure
Salary range: 
$41,602 - $46,498, 40 hours per week *salary reflects 2018 pay rates* (Target Salary Range $41,602-$43,763)
Restoration Services Centre - 9741 Canada Company Avenue. Woodbridge, Ontario
Closing date: 
Feb 21, 2019
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