City of Markham

Date Posted:
November 13, 2017
City of Markham

Arborist – Regular Full-Time, Outside Union Grade 5
Job Class: Manual Labor
Salary Range: 28.5100 To 28.9600 (CAD) Hourly

Applications are now being accepted for the regular full-time position of Arborist in the Urban Forestry Operations Department, Community & Fire Services Commission. While all applications will be received, current members of CUPE 905 (Outside Workers) will be given first consideration. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume online HERE by November, 27, 2017.

Job Description

The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.

The City is looking for a detail-oriented individual who works well within a team and independently as needed. Reporting to the Working Supervisor, Urban Forestry, you will be responsible for performing all arboricultural related duties on City boulevards, parks and open spaces. You will be assisting with on-call Urban Forestry Winter Operations that includes walkway clearance at Community Centres. You may also respond to public inquiries while in the field, maintain related equipment and tools, and assist with the operations maintenance activities including on-call winter snow removal.


Job Responsibilities

  • Implement assigned arboriculture work records including pruning, removal and cabling according to current policies and procedures and generally accepted maintenance practice(s);
  • Operate specialized equipment including aerial bucket trucks, chippers, chainsaws, stumper and standard tree climbing equipment where required in a safe and efficient manner;
  • Maintain written records as required, tree maintenance work records, activity cards and safety plans;
  • May be required to provide work direction and training to other staff and carry out duties that meet Health and Safety standards in a safe and responsible manner;
  • Ability to use tablet computer in order to update completed work electronically;
  • Duties include and are not limited to area pruning projects, woodlands tree maintenance, including diagnosing tree maintenance requirements and occasional service requests;
  • Required to participate in a standby schedule on a rotational basis, throughout the winter, includes after hours service; operating snow removal equipment;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A certificate or diploma in Arboriculture or Urban Forestry from a recognized institution. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered;
  • Two (2) years of directly related experience including the operation, routine maintenance, and safe use of related equipment;
  • An ISA Certified Arborist and/or Tree Worker designation (or willing to obtain conditionally within first 4 months of employment);
  • Candidates must be knowledgeable in current accepted industry practices and be physically fit and able to work in varying climate conditions. Demonstrations of foregoing qualifications may be required through written, oral and practical examinations;
  • Excellent customer service and problem solving skills required, as well as demonstrated good judgment;
  • You must be physically capable of performing all tasks related to arboricultural practices;
  • Must possess a class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s license with satisfactory driver’s abstract;

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • ISA Certification (tree worker, utility, arborist);
  • Ontario Certified Arborist Certificate of Qualification (within the past 10 years);
  • Proficient experience with bucket truck operation;
  • 3-5 years of tree climbing experience;
  • 1 year of bucket truck operation;
  • Valid First Aid, CPR- Book 7 training and understanding;
  • Working at Heights Training;
  • Proven teamwork ability.

Qualified candidates will be required to complete a written and practical test.


Salary Range: 28.5100 To 28.9600 (CAD) Hourly

Date Ad Expires:
November 27, 2017
How to Apply:

While all applications will be received, current members of CUPE 905 (Outside Workers) will be given first consideration. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume online HERE by November, 27, 2017.

The City of Markham is committed to inclusive workplace practices. We thank all those applicants who have applied however only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

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(Link: City of Markham website

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