City of Toronto

Date Posted:
February 01, 2018
Arborist 3: Numerous positions
City of Toronto

Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as an Arborist 3 within our Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division.

If you’re an experienced Arborist, here’s a great opportunity for you to play a key role in ensuring the maintenance and overall health of City of Toronto trees.

These full-time positions – six permanent and one temporary – within our Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division call for a good understanding of tree species common to the Toronto area, as you’ll be performing a variety of work involved in the care and culture of trees. In this role, you’ll be required to operate and drive different types of equipment related to tree planting, transplanting, pruning and removal, and other duties.



Your primary responsibilities as an Arborist will be varied, but you’ll be expected to:

  • Plant/transplant trees by both mechanical and hand methods;
  • Prune and remove trees (not required to work at heights);
  • Assist those working at heights in the handling of ropes or acting as a spotter, including work performed in proximity to energized conductors;
  • Drive/operate/inspect and ensure proper maintenance of a variety of equipment, including dump truck, aerial tower (from base), 8-ton crane, trailered hydro vacuum excavator, chipper, sprayer, stumper, tractor/loader, backhoe, chain saw, concrete saw, sawzall, motorized pole saw and other associated equipment and hand tools;
  • Handle/load/chip brush and wood;
  • Perform tree pit/container maintenance;
  • Updates skills, as required, to meet trade standards and operational requirements;
  • Perform other related work, as assigned.


Your application for the role of Arborist 3 must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

1.     Experience in all types of arboricultural work, including pruning, removal, stumping, planting and fertilizing;

2.     Experience in the care and safe operation of chain saws, brush chippers, 8-ton crane, stumping machine and aerial towers;

3.     Must possess an Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (formerly E.U.S.A) certificate for Safety in Line Clearing operations or equivalent;

4.     Possession of, and ability to maintain a valid Province of Ontario, Class “D” Driver’s Licence with “Z” endorsement, and ability to qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements.


You must also have:

  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain Standard First Aid and CPR certification;
  • Available to work shifts/weekends/overtime/on call duty;
  • Ability to update skills, as required from time to time, to meet trade standards and operational requirements;
  • A working understanding of tree morphology, physiology and dendrology of those tree species common to the Toronto area;
  • Familiarity with the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Highway Traffic Act, Arborist Safe Work Practices, and other applicable legislation and industry standards that apply to this work;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, verbally and in writing;
  • Physical capability of performing required duties;
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.

Wage Rate: $27.66 per hour

Date Ad Expires:
February 14, 2018
How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2296660 X and/or 2296748 X, by February 14, 2018.

Accommodation:  The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy.

If you are invited to participate in the assessment process, we ask that you provide your accommodation needs in advance at that time. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

Our mission is to enhance and promote the care and benefit of trees for present and future generations in Ontario through education, research and awareness.