R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

Date Posted
May 13, 2021

ARBORIST - Land Development Ecology Team

Mississauga and Guelph, Ontario


As a member of the growing and diversifying group, the successful candidate will work together with the company’s land development ecologists, landscape architects, and environmental professionals, and will be responsible for the coordination and execution of a variety of tree surveys, assessments and reports. Clients include primarily private developers of residential and commercial lands, and sometimes public agencies (municipalities), and engineers.


More specifically, the position will involve carrying out the following duties;
• Lead tree inventories and assessments using traditional tree measurement tools, as well as digital tools (e.g., GPS, ESRI Collector) in the field;
• Prepare Arborist Reports, Tree Protection and Preservation Plans, data and designing drawings (with the support of CAD and GIS technicians) for collaboration with the development team (planners, engineers, developers) and submission to agencies;
• Determine impacts to trees resulting from proposed development;
• Review tree protection by-laws to determine study scope and prepare tree removal permits;
• Meet on the project site with agency staff, clients, contractors and other professionals to represent, collaborate, or direct with regard to tree preservation requirements;
• Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of existing and emerging tree science and best practices for preservation;
• Maintain ISA Certified Arborist designation through completion of ISA Continuing Education Units (CEUs);
• Develop recommendations for offsetting or minimizing impacts through best arboriculture practices, mitigation measures and compensation planting plans;
• Work collaboratively with restoration ecologists to design compensation and restoration planting plans;
• Assist the team ecologists in the inventory of natural heritage features and determine functions, characteristics, and deficiencies;
• Provide input to technical reports such as Environmental Impact Studies / Assessments;
• Development of proposals;
• Provide guidance and mentoring support to junior arborist-in-training staff;
• Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of existing and emerging regulatory requirements and best practices; and
• Other duties, as assigned.


The following qualifications, experience and skills are required:
• 5 years minimum experience as an Arborist.
• International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and membership in ISA Ontario Chapter.
• Degree in University or College Degree/Diploma program in Arboriculture, Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Science or Studies, or similar (completed degree/diploma is an asset).
• Excellent tree identification skills.
• Willingness to undertake fieldwork for tree inventories and to assist with other ecological surveys.
• Proven technical writing skills, with the ability to maintain records and prepare reports and correspondence related to the work.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills are required as well as an aptitude for client liaison.
• Willingness to travel, generally within the Greater Toronto Area.
The following are considered assets:
• CAD and/or GIS experience is a strong asset.
• Experience with compensation/restoration plan preparation.
• Experience with planting plan monitoring (i.e., health assessments for warranty period).
• Experience with ecological surveys, reporting and natural heritage feature assessment.
• Some knowledge of Ecological Land Classification and/or Ontario Wetland Evaluation System.
• Identification of vegetation, wildlife and aquatic species.
• Experience with Butternut Health Assessment or Butternut Planting Plan monitoring.
• Experience in land development.


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Date Updated 10/05/2021

Status New

Date Ad Expires
July 8, 2021

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