The Lead Hand is responsible for the daily worksite supervision, coordination, and delivery of assigned construction, forestry and maintenance projects. Foremost, this involves the application of current skills, techniques and best management practices to providing crew motivation, direction, and task instruction, maintaining high site safety standards and working conditions, and actively participating in the safe operation and maintenance of a complete range of required tools and equipment.  Assigned projects include forest management, landscape and infrastructure construction and land care maintenance, tree planting and reforestation, and environmental restoration projects.  In addition, the Lead Hand is responsible for: assisting with the evaluation, coaching, formal training and development of assigned staff; the allocation, care and maintenance of assigned and shared resources; troubleshooting and reporting on any project, staff or resource issues; and the completion of project information records while providing excellent customer and client service. Occupational Health and Safety is a major responsibility of this position.


  • Post-secondary education in resource management, environmental or engineering science, landscape design, forestry, construction or a related field.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in implementation tasks in areas of specialization including a minimum of 3 years’ experience in supervisory tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience in daily worksite coordination, site supervision, and associated responsibilities
  • Demonstrated high level of technical expertise and knowledge of best practices in all Resource Management Projects (RMP) programs.
  • 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; specifically excellent knowledge and understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply forestry, engineering and landscape architectural plans, drawings, details and specifications, and competency with laser level and basic surveying skills.
  • Demonstrated high level of technical ability in the safe operation and maintenance of any and all vehicles and equipment related to RMP projects, in particular heavy equipment operation.
  • Proven problem solving skills in dynamic site conditions.
  • 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 leadership and ability to train and 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 Heavy Equipment Operator, Arborist, Cutter / Skidder, Forestry or Landscape Exterminator, Inspector of ESCs, Carpentry, Sustainable Trails, Surveying, Fall Arrest, MFTIP, ELC, Horticulture, 'Train the trainer', Aerial Lift Operator, Radial Boom Operator, Contract Management, and GIS.


Perform the following tasks under general supervision:

  1. Provide on-site supervision and daily worksite coordination of assigned projects focusing on safety, quality and efficiency to meet client expectations and project milestones / schedules within budget. 
  2. 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.
  3. Interpret technical drawings and plans and direct daily tasks for assigned staff to ensure that deliverables meet the specified levels of accuracy, and troubleshoot to anticipate and mitigate potential issues.
  4. Safely operate and maintain landscape construction, forestry, arboricultural, horticultural, rough carpentry, and agricultural equipment and implement at a high level of technical expertise, efficiency, safety and accuracy.
  5. Contact suppliers for delivery of materials, services and equipment, schedule and supervise the maintenance of assigned equipment, and ensure that all materials meet specified requirements.
  6. Assist in the performance evaluation of assigned field staff to inform development priorities, provide informal coaching and assist with formal training.
  7. Lead and motivate assigned crews to ensure effective communication and the establishment of a positive and respectful work environment.
  8. Act as on site point of contact to engage in public and internal conflict resolution.
  9. Complete daily site work records, cost ledgers, report on any projected variances from schedules and budgets, and propose potential mitigation to supervisor for approval.
  10. Report incidents, and assist with follow up investigation, reports and recommendations.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

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.

Restoration and Infrastructure
Full-time employee
Salary range: 
$27.09 - $29.59 per hour
Restoration Services Centre, 9741 Canada Company Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario
Closing date: 
Oct 27, 2017
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