Seasonal Natural Areas Stewardship Technician (temporary up to 6 months)

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Applications are being accepted for the temporary position of Natural Areas Stewardship Technician within Parks and Recreation.  The successful candidate will perform duties related, but not limited to invasive species management, goose management, natural areas stewardship, trails maintenance, and related services within the City’s parks in accordance with established standard operating procedures, departmental and corporate policies, sound construction principles, practices, and applicable codes with a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, learning, and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.

Duties

  • Under the supervision of the Program Manager, Trails and Natural Area Stewardship, prepare plans and implement invasive species management and restoration projects on both Guelph properties and other public land properties
  • Lead crew of 2-3 seasonal staff doing invasive species control including spraying of herbicides to control invasive species, noxious weeds
  • Remove or control invasive species with various methods following provincial and federal legislation standards.
  • Operation of mechanical equipment including: farm tractors, chainsaws, ATV, water pumps, loading large trailers.
  • Conduct site visits to develop treatment and restoration plans for the management of invasive species on private/public lands.
  • Use basic construction techniques to plant trees and herbaceous plants, and build habitat structures.
  • Support the implementation of the goose management program
  • Perform duties related to natural areas stewardship, parks events, and related services within the City’s parks while working outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • Support trails program within the City and perform daily inspections on trails; make repairs to trails and cut back encroaching vegetation and other material that may pose a hazard or restrict park user access
  • Support team as necessary with installation of new trails
  • Perform litter, brush and garbage pick up
  • Operate various types of maintenance equipment such as backpack sprayers, large mowers, agricultural tractors, front-end loaders, waste collection vehicles, Bobcat tool cat and attachments including auxiliary attachments (i.e. Blechavator, and Trail Pro. Perform various duties relating to winter maintenance of trails including operating relevant equipment, manual snow and ice clearing, salting and sanding as needed. Vegetation management activities as directed for natural areas stewardship
  • Operate various types of maintenance equipment and vehicles such as pickup truck with trailer, rototiller, blowers, shovels, rakes, string trimmer, chainsaw, chipper, box grader, lawnmowers, power washers, large mowers, agricultural tractors, front-end loaders, DZ vehicles, Bobcat skidsteer and small equipment including auxiliary attachments as required, in a safe and efficient manner
  • Carry out all necessary maintenance and adjustments while keeping the equipment in a safe, clean and tidy condition, and perform daily circle checks and report defects and, if necessary, small repairs in a prescribed manner
  • Lead part-time staff and instruct all support staff in the safe and efficient use, care and maintenance of tools and equipment, and maintenance practices
  • Comply with requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, The Highway Traffic Act, all Federal, Provincial and City regulations, policies and procedures
  • Remove and/or flag obstacles hazardous to employees or the public or that interfere with the safe operation of vehicles or equipment, and duly note and report such conditions to a Lead hand or Supervisor
  • Maintain daily written records of work related activities including paperwork for compliance with the Pesticide Act.
  • Complete daily activity time sheets; Report on variances in daily work plans
  • Immediately report vandalism, mechanical difficulties, damage and hazardous conditions
  • Actively participate in a team environment.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma in Parks Management, Outdoor Recreation or closely related field and 1-2 years’ experience performing natural areas management and operating related to trail maintenance equipment in a relevant setting.  Candidates with equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Must possess a current Forestry and Landscape Exterminator class applicators license from the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Chainsaw certification and operating experience.
  • Must possess a Class D-Z licence with a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their licence is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.
  • Proven experience and knowledge relevant to invasive species identification and control
  • Thorough knowledge of all maintenance aspects of relevant equipment, including the attachments; chainsaw certification is a requirement of this position.
  • Proficient time management skills and flexibility in adjusting between a variety of duties
  • Must be a reliable self-starter, able to make decisions and function with minimal supervision, as well, work as part of a team and undertake all aspects of the job thoroughly and willingly.
  • Must possess good oral and written communication skills; able to deal with the public in a cordial manner.
  • Must be able to perform the physical demands of the job including lifting, kneeling and shovelling and be able to actively participate in daily activities, work within live traffic conditions and in all types of weather conditions
  • Must possess an understanding of the OTM’s Book 7  for Temporary Conditions, and proven knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other applicable legislation

Rate

$28.31 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Monday February 17, 2020. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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