Town of Oakville

Date Posted:
May 08, 2017
Arborist I

CALL NO. 17- 1030 (CUPE136)

This job profile reflects the general details considered necessary to perform the principal functions and shall not be construed as an interpretation of all work requirements inherent in the job. Applicants are required to demonstrate in their applications and in the interview process that their qualifications for the positions match those specified. Applicants may be required to undergo a skills assessment and will be required to meet an interview threshold of 75%.

Job Designation: Arborist l
Department: Parks & Open Space Department
Salary Rate:

  • $32.47 (Probationary rate);
  • $32.77 (Full Time rate).

Pay Grade: Band 7 (Schedule A)

Note:  Consideration may be given to applicants who do not possess the certification requirements highlighted below if a fully qualified candidate is not available in the applicant pool. A successful applicant without the pre-requisite certifications would be compensated at the Arborist II rate at $30.80/hour (full time rate)/$30.50/hour (probationary rate).
These positions report to the Supervisor of Urban Forestry, Supervisor of Forest Health or Supervisor of Forest Protection and is responsible for various activities related to urban forestry/arboriculture on municipal properties. Principal duties include:



  • Implement assigned arboriculture work orders 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, chain saws, skid steer, stumper and standard tree climbing equipment where required in a safe and efficient manner;
  • Maintain written records as required, tree maintenance work orders, activity cards and tail board talk plans;
  • May be required to provide work direction and training to other staff and carries 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 hydro line clearing, grid pruning projects, woodlands tree maintenance, including diagnosing tree maintenance requirements and occasional service requests;
  • Required to participate in an on call out pager schedule 24/7 rotational basis, throughout the year, includes emergency storm management after hours service;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

•    A certificate or diploma in Urban Forestry/Arboriculture or related discipline from a recognized institution.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered;
•    2+ years of tree climbing experience and practical arboriculture work experience in addition to having a valid Crane Operator (0-8 tons) certificate and a “Safety in Line Clearing” certificate from the Electrical Utility Safety Association or equivalent such as a Line Clearing Awareness certificate from Hydro One; 
•    An ISA Certified Tree Worker designation, certificate in the Trade of Arborist (Provincial designation) and Certificate in the Trade of Utility Arborist are also requirements; 
•    Candidates must be knowledgeable in current accepted industry practices and be physically fit and able to work in varying climate conditions. Demonstrations of the foregoing qualifications may be required through written, oral and practical examinations;
•    Candidates must also demonstrate effective communication skills, both oral and written, time management skills, flexibility in adjusting between a variety of duties and ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team in addition to possessing an understanding of the Highway Traffic Act and knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
•    Candidates must hold and provide a copy of a valid and unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License Class DZ minimum (standard and automatic transmission) with a driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour. Note: Applicants with 6 or more points are ineligible for consideration. The successful applicant, who is a new hire, will be required to provide the Corporation with a current drivers abstract (no older than 30 days) and pass a Town administered road test prior to assuming the position.


Salary Rate: $32.47 (Probationary rate); $32.77 (Full Time rate).
Pay Grade:  Band 7 (Schedule A)

Date Ad Expires:
May 23, 2017
How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted on-line at in the current opportunities section no later than midnight on May 23rd, 2017. Dated: May 8th, 2017

Successful candidates will abide by Ontario Health & Safety Legislation and follow Corporate Health & Safety Policies. The Town of Oakville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personal information collected from applications and resumes is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. Questions about this collection of information should be directed to Human Resource Services, 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3.

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