City of Kitchener

Date Posted
November 2, 2021

Supervisor of Forestry

City of Kitchener


In keeping with our People Plan’s culture of learning and core values of collaboration and change and growth, we are pleased to share with you an opportunity within our Infrastructure Services Department.  We are seeking a dynamic leader for the Parks & Cemeteries Division team.

Competition Number:  N#82.                                     Job Code:  0091
Posting Date: 
November 1, 2021                               Closing Date:  November 14, 2021
Job Status: 
Permanent Full-Time

Department:  Infrastructure Services                       Division:  Parks and Cemeteries
Union Affiliation:  Non-Union/Management.         Number of Positions:   1
Hours of Work:  40 hours per week
Kitchener Operations Facility                    City:  Kitchener
Salary Range: 
$78,186 – $97,728                                 Grade/Band:  9 (under review)


/ Responsibilities:

In this position, you will provide leadership, technical guidance and support to the Forestry Team and be responsible for the development and implementation of work programs and activities related to various components of the City’s infrastructure, including:

  • Maintaining the City’s Urban Forests (street trees, park trees and woodlots);
  • Implementation of Kitchener’s Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy;
  • Natural Area management Projects (invasive species, forest management & ecosystem restoration).

We are looking for an individual who fosters cooperation through the Division to promote a safe, healthy and productive work environment.  This individual will be required to achieve business and service objectives by the effective use of resources to accomplish superior customer service and cost efficiencies.

Under the guidance of the Manager, Forestry and Natural Areas Management, and in partnership with 4 Operational Supervisors, you will provide strategic leadership for your team and contribute to the vision for Parks & Cemeteries.

Your proactive leadership capabilities and exceptional interpersonal skills have earned you a reputation for building a positive, accountable work culture as well as fostering and supporting strong teams.


Candidates must have the ability to support and project the organization’s core values of trust and respect, collaboration, and change and growth, as well as our leadership traits, which are reflected in employees who:

  1. Lead by example and expect the same of others;
  2. Recognize accomplishments;
  3. Collaborate with others to realize shared outcomes;
  4. Enable others to be their best;
  5. Look beyond today.

Additionally, candidates should have:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and be committed to working within a cooperative team environment;
  •  The ability to direct the work of others;
  • Superior interpersonal and public relations skills to deal effectively with staff and customers both verbally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the preparation and management of operating and capital budgets;
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and work order systems;
  • Knowledge of arboriculture, entomology, pathology, tree identification, disease and pest identification, tree risk appraisal and evaluations and ecosystem management/restoration techniques;
  • Knowledge of forestry practices including climbing techniques, felling trees, tree preservation, protection (e.g., woodlots, construction zones, subdivisions);
  • A minimum 2 years relevant work experience in forestry or another related field preferably with supervisory experience in a unionized environment;
  • A valid “G” Class MTO Driver’s license in good standing;
  • ISA Arborist Certification in good standing and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) or the ability to obtain within 12 months is required.


/ Minimum Education:

  • A 3-year degree/diploma in Forestry, Arboriculture, Ecosystem Management or related field.

Should a suitable candidate not be identified with the minimum education and experience requirements, consideration will be given to candidates with the following pre-determined equivalencies:

  •  2-Year Diploma (or 2 Year Specialized Post-Secondary Program) with minimum 4 years’ experience; or,
  •  4-Year Honours Degree with minimum 1 year experience.

Candidates without the pre-determined equivalencies may still be considered, however if successful, would result in the salary grade for the position being reviewed and adjusted as necessary.

In accordance with the City of Kitchener’s Mandatory Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, new City of Kitchener employees (or employees rehired after a break in service of more than 3 months) are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire, subject to accommodations required in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.


Salary Range $78,186 – $97,728

Salary: Competitive

Pay Rate

Date Updated 02/11/2021

Status New

Date Ad Expires
November 14, 2021

How to apply

Online –

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance.  

Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process in accordance with the Human Rights Code.   

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted

Please note that as per Human Resources Policy #II-110, “Employment of Relatives of Staff Members and Elected Officials”:

“The immediate relatives of staff of the Human Resources Division, all Directors, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, or the Chief Administrative Officer and Elected Officials shall not be employed by the City in any capacity.

The immediate relatives of all other Management personnel shall not be employed where such employment would be:

  1. within the same Department in the case of permanent full-time, temporary full-time and part-time classifications.
  2. within the same Division in the case of students.”