Skilled Labourer-Certified Arborist

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Job Title: 
Skilled Labourer-Certified Arborist
Job Number:  J0817-1094
Job Code:  09A138
Job Category: 
Arboriculture
Department: 
Public Works Services
Bargaining Unit:  CUPE
Job Type:  Full Time
Employment Type:  Replacement
Number of Positions:  1
Hours of Work:  40 hrs/wk
Salary:  $25.41 - $32.48/Hour
Date Posted:  August 31, 2017
Closing Date:  September 15, 2017

Opening Statement

Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

Position Summary

The Certified Arborist will assist and participate in all aspects of tree pruning, removals, cable and bracing planting and after care using industry accepted practices including stumping operations. He/she will operate the aerial truck, chipper, and crane truck and maintain all equipment.

The Certified Arborist will perform tree climbing procedures using industry accepted practices as recognized by either I.S.A. and or the Apprenticeship Arborist program, including working in proximity to energized conductors. He/she will also assist in other operations needs as required by the Public Works Department.

Responsibilities Include;

Assist and participate in all aspects of tree pruning, removals, cable and bracing planting and after care using industry accepted practices including stumping operations;

Operate and maintain equipment including; aerial trucks, chippers, and crane trucks;

Perform tree climbing procedures (roping and rigging) using industry accepted practices as recognized by either I.S.A. and or the Apprenticeship Arborist program, including working in proximity to energized conductors;

Assist in other operations needs as required by the Public Works Department;

Maintain city owned trees by inspecting, monitoring and treating to ensure they are healthy, safe and suitable to community standards;

Perform tree planting, transplanting, pruning, structural support, mulching, fertilizing and irrigation;

Inspect and prevent trees from disease and treat through pesticide application;

Prepare job site and inspect and maintain equipment;

Inspect and provide detailed reports on tree inventory, hazard tree assessment, regular tree inspections, sub-division guaranteed maintenance & assumption inspections;

Remove snow and ice from roots, clean gutters and respond to storm and emergency tree removal;

Demonstrate superior customer service when interacting with the public;

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies

2 year diploma in Forestry or related field;

2 years experience in Forestry related operations which include: roping & rigging; tree removal & trimming; set up and operation Aerial lift and bucket truck and climbing either in a municipal or professional operation;

1 year experience clearing around utility lines is preferred;

Must possess and be willing to update Electrical Utilities Safety Association (EUSA) certification;

Must complete and pass “Physical Skills and Arboriculture Knowledge and Bucket Operation Test”;

Possess and maintain a valid Ontario ‘DZ’ Driver’s License with satisfactory drivers abstract;
Mobile Crane License is considered an asset;

Must demonstrate corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Orientation, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Must be in good physical condition to perform demands of the position;

Ability to obtain and maintain ISA Arborist Certification;

Able to work outside in major weather conditions and in potentially dangerous conditions;

Ability to interact with the public and fellow employees in a polite manner;

Able to work and participate as a member of a team;

Must meet requirements of Competent Person as identified in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA);

Computer skills will be considered an asset;

Ability to operate all equipment and machinery in an efficient and safe manner;

Demonstrate an understanding of hydraulics;

Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory CPIC (Criminal Record Check), at own expense.

Closing Statement

Please apply to Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Careers
Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), including (but not limited to) the applicant’s name, contact information, resume and other documents submitted, etc., is collected and will be used in accordance with MFIPPA and all other relevant privacy legislation. The personal information submitted by applicants is collected through a website hosted by Njoyn on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Kingston (the “City”) and will be used by City staff to maintain a inventory of potential candidates and for use in considering applicants for an identified employment opportunity. Questions regarding the collection, used, disclosure, and disposal of the personal information collected shall be directed to: candidate.njoynhelp@cgi.com

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