Natural Area Practitioner - Urban Forestry

City of Surrey

City of Surrey

Natural Area Practitioner - Urban Forestry

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The City of Surrey’s Urban Forestry – Natural Areas team has a unique full-time temporary job opportunity for someone who is interested in applying their varied experience and skills to meet the challenges of assisting in the  management of over 1,600 hectares of forest, shrubland, and grassland.

Temporary Full-Time – Cupe 402.

In this position, you will be:
  • Field based with limited office work.
  • Supervising and training junior staff.
  • Working on a team or alone.
  • Completing a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks including but not limited to:
    • trail edge pruning
    • invasive plant removal
    • planting maintenance (weeding/brushing/mulching)
    • planting native trees and shrubs
    • refuse and yard waste removal
    • tree debris clean-up
    • inventorying assets
  • Responding to service requests from the public.
  • Preparing reports and maintaining records.
  • Completing heavy physical work in all weather conditions, requiring sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination.
  • Completing other related duties as required.

The successful applicant is able to work independently as well as in a team environment and must be physically able to carry out the duties as required; is a logical and analytical thinker in problem-solving situations; has superior  public relations, interpersonal, communication, organizational and leadership skills. As well, the successful applicant should have considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, standards and guidelines used in urban park natural area management.

Applicants must have:
Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by successful completion of five additional relevant courses from an approved post-secondary education institution in any of the following course areas:
  • Biology
  • Urban land management
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife management
Plus a minimum of 2 years of recent experience in the management of natural areas.
Completion of Grade 12 and a Technical Certificate Program (one year full-time) from an approved post-secondary institution, supplemented by 18 months of recent experience in the management of natural areas.
Completion of Grade 12 and completion of a diploma program from an approved post-secondary institution, with a minimum of 6 months recent experience in the management of natural areas.

Applicants will also meet the following requirements:
  • A valid, unrestricted BC Driver’s license with a safe driving record.
  • Experience supervising staff and strong leadership skills.
  • Experience performing manual labour.
  • Experience with power tools (brush saw, hedge trimmer, backpack blowers) and hand tools (shovels, picks, hand snips, loppers, hand saws).
  • Demonstrated ability to identify native and invasive plants.
  • Strong public relations, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational, time management, record-keeping and computer skills.

  • This position requires completion of a Police Information Check.
  • Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

Apply online at

Organization: City of Surrey

Location: Surrey, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Forestry/Arboriculture
Posted: January 13, 2020, 3:57 pm
Expires: February 7, 2020, 4:30 pm
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