Date Posted:
July 05, 2017
Simcoe, ON

Permanent Full Time
Employee Group: CUPE Local 4700
Salary: $24.45 - $30.57 per hour (under review)
Department: Community Services
Division: Parks, Facilities & Recreation
Reports To: Superintendent of Forestry
Location: Simcoe, Ontario
Posting Period: July 4, 2017 – July 18, 2017

Scope of Position:

Responsible for overseeing the appropriate and responsible management of Norfolk County’s Urban Forest.  Responsible for all tree Management and tree management records within Norfolk County.


Position Description:

  • Responsible for the documentation and record keeping of all inspections, tree risk assessments, and inventory of all publicly owned trees by adhering to proper protocols for documenting, recording and compiling data;
  • Responds to calls from the public regarding the condition of any publicly owned tree;
  • Responsible for coordinating appropriate tree maintenance and hazard mitigation when required;
  • Responsible for scheduling, communicating with, and monitoring the work of contracted services;
  • Responds to work order requests regarding the inspection of any publicly owned tree;
    • Work orders will need to be reviewed, modified, and re-assigned to appropriate county staff for the completion of required tree maintenance;
  • Responsible for the management of Norfolk County’s tree planting program;
    • Selecting suitable tree species, tree planting locations and overseeing a tree planting contract with a private supplier;
  • Prepare tree planting plans, arborist reports, or other technical reports required for County projects or the investigation of by-law infractions;
  • Prepare, review, and make recommendations on technical reports, assessments or plans in relation to County projects or developments;
    • Review site plans, tree planting plans, landscape plans, and vegetation management plans as they pertain to developments or County projects and make appropriate recommendations based on industry standards and County policy;
  • May be required to provide work direction and training to other County staff;
  • Use of equipment and tools including chainsaws, brush saws, weed-eaters, lawn mowers, tractors, trucks, and a variety of power and hand tools;
  • Use a GPS unit or tablet to compile data;
  • Assist with GIS services for Community Services Department, including data collection, mapping, and maintenance of GIS related files;
  • Assist with data collection related to enforcement of municipal by-laws;
  • Provide extension services and support to partner groups and agencies;
  • Make recommendations to improve the tree management program and work efficiencies;
  • Support seasonal events throughout the County;
  • Occasional assignment to other areas within the Community Services Department such as cemetery maintenance, park maintenance, horticulture maintenance and winter snow removal;
  • Provide excellent customer service to residents and the public in general;
  • Work closely with, and in full view of the public;
  • Candidates must be physically fit and able to work in varying climate conditions.

Knowledge & Skill:

  • Post-secondary diploma in Urban Forestry/Arboriculture or related discipline. An equivalent combination of education and experience maybe considered;
  • Minimum of two years up to and including three years current related experience working in the field of forestry or arboriculture;
  • International Society of Arboriculture, Certified Arborist or Ontario Certified Arborist;
  • International Society of Arboriculture Qualified Tree Risk Assessor an asset;
  • Landscape exterminator license an asset;
  • Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officer Certificate an asset;
  • Chainsaw Operations and Maintenance certificate an asset.

Must Have:

  • Valid Ontario G driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Computer expertise in corporate standard software (Microsoft Office)Experience operating trucks, forestry equipment, power tools and hand tools;
  • A thorough working knowledge of GIS/GPS equipment and related corporate software including ArcMap and AutoCAD;
  • Experience operating field GPS units and tablets;
  • Understanding and good working knowledge of current industry standards and practices as they pertain to the planting, assessment, care and maintenance of trees;
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Good physical dexterity;
  • Must be aware of safe work practices as they relate to job responsibilities and work environment, and have the basic understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Salary: $24.45 - $30.57 per hour (under review)

Date Ad Expires:
July 18, 2017
How to Apply:

The Corporation of Norfolk County is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

Resumes must be submitted through email, mail, fax, courier, or in person to Human Resources & Staff Development by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the posting.

Human Resources & Staff Development– 185 Robinson Street, Suite 300, Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6 Phone: (519) 426-5870 – Fax: 519-427-5902– Email:

Successful applicants are required to provide the Employer with a current Criminal Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector where required and verification of education.

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

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.