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Forestry Management Assistant (Woodlands & Natural Areas)

City of Mississauga
950 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, Ontario
Hourly Rate/Salary: $ 24.42 - $ 32.55 
Closing date
Feb 22, 2024

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Responsible for providing support and assistance in the planning and delivery of forestry services and programs citywide. This includes a variety of field and office-based forestry tasks and activities primarily related to the management and restoration of natural areas, along with ongoing monitoring and inventory of natural areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assists in monitoring and assessing the health and condition of existing and newly planted vegetation, and other forestry assets in parks and natural areas, and in identifying and reporting on any deficiencies or work required.
• Provide recommendations for naturalization, invasive species control, and associated restoration including locations and species lists.
• Perform field audits to validate work orders assigned to contractors; ensuring work is completed in accordance with the contracts.
• Support natural area restoration projects by assessing field conditions such as the presence of wildlife, invasive plants/insects, access for events (e.g., washrooms, parking), etc.
• Support forestry events/activities by providing instruction or information on tree planting, restoration, or invasive species control initiatives to the public, ensuring event documentation is collected and maintained (waivers, contact lists, etc.)
• Undertakes field-based invasive species removal and control activities, and naturalization site preparation and maintenance using string/brush trimmers, bush mowers, and watering equipment.
• Provides functional guidance to summer students and volunteers on an as needed basis.
• Collects data and completes research for forestry projects as directed by supervisor or delegate.
• Maintains accurate record keeping of forestry records including updating GIS maps, spreadsheets and data.
• Safely operate and maintain common forestry vehicles, tools, and equipment
• Accurately operate and maintain specialized scientific data collection, diagnostic, or geospatial equipment (i.e. GPS, GIS,RTK)
• Provide status updates on resident inquiries via email and phone.
• Provide administrative support including: photocopying, scanning, filing
• Process event registrations, fee payments, or invoices
• Occasionally assist with ground based assistance with arboricultural tasks such as tree pruning, removals, stumping, assessing the health and condition of trees planted in parks and boulevards, screening development applications for completeness and identify potential impacts on trees or natural heritage features for further review.

Skills and Qualifications

• Post-secondary degree or diploma in forestry, arboriculture, urban forestry, ecology, environmental science or a related field.
• Minimum one (1) to two (2) years of related work experience or an approved equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Knowledge of urban forestry, arboriculture, and/or ecological principles and practices.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, GIS, computers, mobile devices.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Ability to plan, organize and complete assigned duties effectively and efficiently within assigned timelines.
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• Familiarity with common forestry equipment, vehicles, and tools.
• Valid Ontario Class G2 Driver’s License or higher with an acceptable driving record.
• Ability to work in all weather conditions, on uneven terrain, and perform heavy lifting (50lbs), shoveling, bending and kneeling for extended periods of time.
• Must be flexible and able to work overtime, weekends, attend evening meetings, and special events.

Hourly Rate/Salary:$ 24.42 - $ 32.55
Hours of Work:40
Work Location:950 Burnhamthorpe Rd W
Department/Division/Section:CMS/Community Services Dept,CMS/Parks, Forestry & Environment,Forestry
Non-Union/Union: Non Union

A Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Level 2) or Vulnerable Sector Check (Level 3) will be required of the successful candidate, at their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has notbeen granted.

We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. You can alsocheck your application status in your candidate profile online.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Mississauga is committed to creating a respectful and supportive workplace that fosters a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion which broadly reflects the communities and residents we serve. Throughout the employee life cycle, the City is working to include an EDI lens to attract, retain and support the growth of diverse talent.

Learn more about the City’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion .

The City of Mississauga is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to removing barriers in our selection process for people with visible and invisible disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please contact us at with any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

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