This role is an integral part of service delivery to the residents of Loyalist Township and contributes to the achievement of our Strategic Plan. This role is key to promoting natural biodiversity and creating a sustainable park and green space landscape in the Township. This includes planting programs, invasive species management, supporting natural areas stewardship and community led gardens, efforts to reduce human wildlife conflict, and related eco-friendly programs that are evolving. The incumbent works as part of a team who is responsible for the design, preparation, planting and maintenance of municipal horticultural displays. This position contributes to park beautification by guiding student workers in the maintenance of parks and gardens, using sustainable methods to manage floral, turf and tree health.
?? Grade 12 diploma plus a post-secondary certificate or diploma in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Ecosystem Restoration, Arboriculture, or closely related field.
?? Minimum of two-years relevant experience in horticultural duties, including landscape design, bed preparation, planting, and maintenance of horticultural displays. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
?? Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of garden design, plants, soils, tools, equipment operation and procedures relevant to horticultural activities.
?? Experience in ecosystem restoration and/or arboriculture is an asset.
?? Must possess a valid driver’s license, Class “D” with a valid Air Brake endorsement (“Z”), and a satisfactory driver’s record, AZ license is considered an asset.
?? Demonstrated ability to safely and competently operate various types of equipment including, but not limited to, line trimmers, rototillers, brush chippers, backpack sprayers, chainsaws, chippers, agricultural tractors, loader, rotary mowers, post pounders, leaf blowers, sod cutters, EC/pH meters, and small tools in a safe and efficient manner.
?? Chainsaw certification is an asset.
?? Proficient time management and record keeping skills and flexibility in adjusting between a variety of duties.
?? Must possess an understanding of the MTO’s Book 7 for Temporary Conditions, and proven knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Pesticide Act, and other applicable legislation.
?? Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Word and Excel.
?? Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as within a team.
?? Good communication skills, and the ability to be professional and courteous when interacting with the other staff and the public.
Other Qualifications for Consideration of Permanent Position:
?? Certification in turf maintenance for sports fields, or equivalent knowledge and skills gained through turf grass/sports field maintenance experience is an asset.
?? Playground inspector certification in accordance with CSA standards, or equivalent knowledge and skills is an asset.
?? Ability to perform snow removal duties while operating a variety of machines to plow and sand, including tandem dump trucks, tractors, sidewalk machines, and pickup trucks.
?? Experience performing and knowledge of municipal road construction and maintenance practices.
?? Mechanical experience with basic equipment repairs.
?? Perform horticultural duties, including but not limited to designing, planting, watering, maintaining, and record keeping for annual, perennial and shrub and tree beds to current industry standards, to enhance the sustainable park and greenspace landscape of Loyalist Township.
?? Support ecologically functional areas using native plant species, ecological principles, and restoration techniques including invasive species management.
?? Support plant propagation using techniques including seeding, cuttings, splitting and plug production for annuals, perennials, tropical and native plant production, as possible within the Township resources.
?? Maintain turf as required.
?? Plan, order and prepare plantings for seasonal displays of tulips, annuals, perennials, natives, and chrysanthemums in beds, planters and hanging baskets across the Township.
?? Use an Integrated Pest Management approach.
?? Support community groups to maintain gardens or landscape features, as resources allow.
?? Carry out all necessary equipment 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, undertake small repairs in a prescribed manner.
?? Lead work and provide guidance to seasonal student workers, including the safe and efficient use, care and maintenance of tools and equipment, and horticultural practices.
?? Comply with requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, The Highway Traffic Act, Pesticide Act, all Federal, Provincial and Township 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 Supervisor.
?? Immediately report vandalism, mechanical difficulties and damage.
Road Operations (as assigned)
?? Responsible for operating various types of equipment, including tandem dump trucks, single axle dump trucks, grader, Gradall, excavator, front-end loader, backhoe, tractor complete with mower units, salting and sanding equipment, and various other equipment.
?? Responsible for providing labour for various road maintenance activities.
?? Responsible for performing minor repairs to equipment and assisting the Fleet maintenance mechanic in major repairs.
?? Perform regular patrols and right-of-way inspections as assigned.
?? Pick up garbage, brush, fallen tree branches, etc. as necessary.
?? Cut grass and perform weed trimming.
?? Provide general maintenance of tractors, trucks and other equipment as assigned.
Parks and Sports Fields Operations (As assigned)
In co-operation with the broader team, responsible to maintain all parks, sports fields, outside properties, and equipment in excellent condition by:
?? Cut grass and perform weed trimming in parks.
?? Maintain turf in sports fields, in accordance with turf maintenance standards.
?? Pick up garbage, brush, fallen tree branches, etc. as necessary.
?? Provide general maintenance of grass mowers, weed eaters, tractors, trucks and other equipment as assigned.
?? Repair fences, backstops, playground sites, score clocks as required.
?? Perform regular cleaning of washrooms and disposal of garbage from parks/sports fields.
?? Perform frequent inspections, reports, and repairs on playground equipment in accordance with CSA standards.
?? Trim park trees and bushes and maintain flower beds as needed, in co-operation with and support of the horticultural team members.
?? Assist in other tasks, repairs and maintenance as directed by Supervisor.
Landfill Operations (As Assigned)
?? Responsible for operating and maintaining the landfill, including grass cutting and litter pickup, loading and placement of cover material, road and ditch maintenance, weighing of vehicles, compaction of waste and cover material.
?? Service landfill vehicles as per their maintenance schedules, and maintain good visual appearance of equipment.
?? Employees assigned to Violet landfill site are responsible for proper weight ticket issuance and the collection and reporting of tipping fees, maintaining fuel consumption records for each piece of equipment, and balance total consumption with fuel delivered to the site.
?? Employees assigned to Amherst Island site are responsible to assist with all operations including compaction and covering of waste, collection of recyclable materials, maintenance of site facilities, coordination of monitoring agencies, record keeping, cashiering, including sale of bag tags, receiving tipping fees, preparing and balancing deposits and delivery to Township clerk.
?? Enforce the disposal by-law restrictions on materials not accepted at the site.
?? Maintain salvage bins for the sorting of metals, tires, wood chips and other recyclable materials.
?? Must stay current in knowledge and skills.
?? Responsible to maintain current knowledge of safe operation for each piece of equipment that is requested to be operated, and be familiar with all of the specific safety devices and procedures for specific equipment, prior to operation.
?? Responsible as an employee for health and safety, including working safely within requirements of legislation and policies, reporting hazards, and maintaining a safe and clean environment.
?? Provide services to both internal and external customers in a timely and courteous manner.
?? Work effectively as part of a team, demonstrating good interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy.
?? May be required to operate independently at remote locations with little supervision.
?? May be required to oversee contracted equipment and Township personnel.
Internal: daily communication with Parks staff/supervisor/manager, frequent communication with other Operators, occasional communication with other Township employees, union representatives.
External: residents, contractors/vendors, external seminar and course providers, external trainers and consultants.
?? Frequent and regular outdoor work in various and changing weather conditions that include but is not limited to rain, hot and cool temperatures, and wind.
?? Extensive additional hours beyond the normal working day, particularly during the winter months may be required.
?? Ability to work shift work, on-call rotations, and overtime is required.
?? Occasionally may be required to attend meetings, programs, seminars, events which may take place at differently facilities, requiring travel.
?? May be operating equipment for long periods (3-4 hours) without a break, and in snow events may operate equipment for the duration of shift with minimal breaks.
?? Frequent moderate physical exertion and occasional heavy physical exertion, including lifting, digging, shoveling, raking and climbing ladders
?? Able to actively participate in daily activities, working within live traffic conditions.
?? Work may include locations with exposure to sensory elements including waste materials and smells.
The job description reflects the primary duties and responsibilities of this position and should not be construed to describe in detail all duties and responsibilities of the job.