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This is an exciting time to join the City of Toronto, Canada's largest city and home to a diverse population of approximately 2.6 million people. Dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and a high quality of life for all its residents, in the last three years alone the Toronto public service has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Make your contribution to our Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division and join us as a Forestry Data Collector.

Forestry Data Collector
File Reference #: X8CSA14723

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts site visits to take photos and measurements, and gather information such as species, location, conditions of planting, tree health and insect/disease problems relating to newly planted trees
  • Assists in identification of potential tree planting sites on street right-of-ways, open spaces, parks
  • Participates in surveys for specific signs and symptoms of tree pests (ALHB, Gypsy Moth) on trees located on public and private lands
  • Performs minor removing or trimming of side branches of trees as required, working from the ground
  • Participates in implementation of pest management programs, completing repetitive manual tasks such as vacuuming egg masses from tree stems, spot spray egg masses with dormant oil
  • Uses computers and data management units for data inputting and tabulation
  • Reads and interprets sketches, maps and plans showing tree and property data
  • Answers or refers inquiries from the public relating to the work program (e.g. gypsy moth control program), communicating documented information when required
  • Works independently in all weather conditions to complete repetitive tasks such as tree inventory, insect surveys

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Experience in tree planting with regards to tree species, site selection, planting requirements and maintenance.
  2. Experience in the detection and treatment of tree diseases, tree pests and overall tree health care problems.
  3. Diploma or Certificate in Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  4. Must possess a valid Province of Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License and must qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements and be able to maintain same.
  5. Must possess basic computer skills.

You must also have:

  • Ability to implement work plans in a timely manner and maintain simple records of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • A knowledge of tree morphology, physiology and dendrology.
  • A knowledge of tree diseases, tree pests and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and drawings.
  • Must be familiar with the Occupational Health & Safety Act (and associated regulations), the Highway Traffic Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
  • Must be physically capable of performing required duties.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

Salary: $22.65 -$24.83 per hour

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA14723, using one of the following methods:

Online: Click on the Apply for this position button at the bottom of this posting, or
FAX: 416-397-9818, or
Mail to: Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by April 18, 2008.

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City’s Employment Accommodation policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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