Arboriculture Technician

City of Vancouver


Arboriculture Technician

Requisition ID: 15115 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.
Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose & Function
The Arboriculture Technician is responsible for preserving and protecting the urban forest by performing specialized technical support work for the Urban Forestry department. The Arboriculture Technician represents the Urban Forestry profession, and the interests of Vancouver’s urban forest to other City Departments, levels of government, the development community, and the general public.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities
The Arboriculture Technician plans and implements strategies to ensure quality tree planting programs. Related tasks include the administration of the tree tendering process, Langley nursery tree management, large planting programs in conjunction with street and development projects, and public tree stewardship events. The Arboriculture Technician also plans and implements tree management strategies and practices that improve the existing urban forest or its maintenance operations. The Arboriculture Technician is often the person to steward the introduction of new technologies and practices. The Arboriculture Technician will also make recommendations for improvements to methods and procedures in all aspects of Arboriculture operations and will provide technical advice to the senior staff of the Park Board. The Arboriculture Technician must have strong technical skills and independent judgment as they are expected to make reasonable recommendations supported by evidence on the outcome of urban forestry.
Education and Experience
  • University graduation in a discipline applicable to urban forestry and some experience in the municipal arboriculture field, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Considerable experience with the methods, materials, practices, tools and equipment as used currently in arboriculture.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of The Vancouver Street Tree Management Plan and the Van-Tree computer program.
  • Considerable knowledge of street tree planting procedures, species profiles and their performance in the local environment, and of the tree farm cultural practice and operations
  • Knowledge of tree diseases, pests, and treatment methods
  • Ability to establish effective liaison and working relationships with co-workers, civic representatives, and the public
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and studies
  • Ability to conduct moderately complex technical research; identify problems; and identify and implement solutions.
  • Ability to estimate time and material requirements and costs related to program proposals
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas, instructions, and reports orally and in writing

A current and valid BC Driver's license is required. The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities. Local area travel and transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Board of Parks and Recreation. All applicants must also attach their driver’s abstract and any other relevant certifications to their application.
Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Parks 
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 
Position Start Date: December 2019 
Position End Date: April 2020
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-025: $37.97 to $44.93 per hour
Application Close: November 15, 2019

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Horticulture/Landscaping/Greenskeeping
Posted: November 7, 2019, 12:27 pm
Expires: November 15, 2019, 11:59 pm

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