The core duties of this position is a specialized technical role in the pruning and related maintenance, removal and disposal of trees and shrubs within the urban forest from an aerial device. This position reports to the Arborist.
Typical duties include:
- Performs selective pruning, repair and removal of large trees from an aerial device.
- Operates and performs general maintenance of aerial devices.
- Follows maintenance standards and schedules, as required by the various programs within the urban forestry section.
- Performs structural condition assessments on trees and shrubs.
- Operates and maintains equipment within the Forestry branch such as chain saws, wood chippers, stumpers, et cetera.
- Responsible for bracing and general care of trees and shrubs on boulevards, golf courses, parks and other locations.
- Applies proper surgical techniques on damaged or diseased specimens.
- Maintains daily records of activities relevant to the forestry inventory.
- Assists the Arborist in the training and supervision of staff.
- Responsible for ensuring safe physical working conditions and adheres to established safe working practices and procedures.
- Participates in development and implementation of automated inventories of arboricultural assets to facilitate a maintenance management system.
- Performs related work as required.
Candidates will be screened on the following criteria:
*** To be considered for this position you must clearly identify your qualifications, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities and where you obtained them in your application/resume. ***
Typically the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are obtained through a Grade Twelve (12) diploma or GED, combined with two (2) years related experience in an urban forestry program. Must possess a valid certificate, endorsement, licence or degree from a tree pruning course as specified by the Province of Saskatchewan Dutch Elm Disease Regulations, and have a minimum of 500 hours experience pruning, removing and repairing large trees from an aerial device.
- Knowledge of tree and shrub identification and its practical application as it relates to proper pruning and maintenance requirement.
- Knowledge of common pests and diseases affecting urban trees.
- Knowledge of methodology, materials and safe practises associated with the tools and equipment utilized in the urban forestry programs.
- Knowledge of the basic objectives of tree pruning.
- Ability to execute effective and efficient street tree programs, boulevard tree planting program, removal, translocation and disposal program.
- Ability to work independently and/or as a contributing member of a team, exercising initiative and good judgement to complete work assignments and contribute toward a positive work environment.
- Ability to prune, repair and remove trees from the ground as well as aerial devices.
- Ability to perform strenuous physical labour in all types of weather.
- Ability to operate aerial devices and other forestry related equipment including safety harnesses and ropes used in climbing trees.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing demonstrating tact and diplomacy in order to establish effective working relationships with other employees and external and internal stakeholders as necessitated by work assignments.
- Ability to supervise, train and evaluate the accomplishments of subordinates.
- Ability to develop surveys and conduct research, and to prepare and maintain records, reports and correspondence related to urban forestry.
*Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide proof of acquired education*
**In accordance with the City of Regina’s Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires that the successful candidate provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.**
Division: City Planning & Community Development
Department: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
Salary Grade: CUPE Local 21 – Pay Class 1I
Salary: $28.02 - $28.74/Hour; $57,994 – $59,484/Annum (2019 Rates)
The City of Regina values diversity in our workforce and encourages applications from all qualified Employment Equity candidates.
We will contact applicants we wish to consider within six weeks of the competition closing date. All applicants are thanked for their interest.