Region of Waterloo

Date Posted
January 4, 2022


Waterloo, ON


Permanent, full-time position

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Arborist with leadership abilities, to play a key role in ensuring the health of the Region of Waterloo’s trees and the maintenance of our roads.

As a Lead Hand (Arboriculture), you will assign, delegate, coordinate, direct, and oversee the performance of tree removal and maintenance, and winter roads maintenance work, ensuring the quality of work and timely performance. Leading by example, you will work alongside crews daily, performing the same functions as the crews, along with providing technical guidance to crews regarding procedures, equipment, and products. You will also be expected to assist management in setting annual priorities and schedules. When conditions require, you may act as a lead hand for winter roads work, including assigning, delegating, coordinating and performing snow plowing, ice control duties, and general road maintenance duties on roads, bridges, and roadsides.


This position will involve working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday (7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). Alternative shifts/work days and locations may be assigned during the winter season (mid-November to mid-April).

Union: C.U.P.E. Local 1656

Operations Centre, 100 Maple Grove Rd., Cambridge

To assume the role of Lead Hand (Arboriculture), you will have the following profile:

  • Knowledge and skill in arboriculture practices, including tree identification, care, techniques, and specialized equipment, and materials purchasing, acquired through a Grade 12 education and Journeyperson status as an Arborist (444A), plus 3 years of related experience.
  • Functional knowledge of snow plowing and ice control, and other roads maintenance equipment (e.g., trucks, wheel loader).
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered, such as certification with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as a Certified Arborist plus 3 years of practical experience climbing, pruning, and removing trees from the ground and aloft.
  • 2 years of leadership experience to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate work of crews.
  • Knowledge and skill using and maintaining roads maintenance equipment (e.g., trucks, wheel loader).
  • Knowledge of, and ability to comply with, policies, procedures, standards; field and traffic manuals; CVOR requirements; related by-laws and legislation (e.g., Highway Traffic Act, Ontario Traffic Manual, Book 7 traffic control plans, health and safety, transportation of dangerous goods, minimum maintenance standards), and on-the-job training.
  • Communication skills to exchange technical information and liaise with other departmental staff, give directions in construction or emergency situations, and participate as an effective team member.
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply plans, blueprints, manuals, notices, documentation, and traffic protection plans.
  • Ability to convert imperial measurements to metric.
  • Ability to complete CVOR requirements (e.g., checklists, hours log, reports), purchase requisitions, work orders, locate books, written communications using technical language, and technical recommendations (e.g., products, work methods).
  • Computer skills, including use of mobile technology, with ability to use software such as a work/asset management system, Microsoft Office (Outlook), weather monitoring systems, hours of service software, and time and attendance systems.
  • Ability to operate computerized equipment on trucks.
  • Ability to function effectively and safely in a variety of environmental conditions.
  • Must have a valid Class D driver’s licence with Z airbrake endorsement, an acceptable drivers abstract, and valid transportation of dangerous goods certification to operate corporate equipment. OR, must have a valid Class G driver’s licence and an acceptable driving record upon hire, and attain a valid Class D driver’s licence with Z airbrake endorsement within probationary period.
  • Must demonstrate successful completion of a physical demands test (pre-hire).
  • Must also demonstrate appropriate tree climbing and maintenance techniques and competency.
  • The maximum physical weight of the incumbent cannot exceed 250 pounds to ensure the combined weight of the incumbent, equipment, and tools does not exceed the 350-lb capacity of the aerial device.
  • Ability to work variable hours and shifts, including weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights, as assigned.
  • Ability to work shifts lasting up to 14 hours, as required.
  • Ability to participate in a regular on-call rotation to respond to after-hours emergencies and urgent matters, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.


  • In accordance with the Region of Waterloo’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine policy, new Region of Waterloo employees are required to be fully vaccinated, (valid medical or Ontario Human Rights Code exemptions permitted), against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.




$35.22 per hour

Salary: Hourly Rate

Hourly Rate: $35.22 per hour

Pay Rate

Date Updated 04/01/2022

Status New

Date Ad Expires
January 23, 2022

How to apply

Serving, engaging and inspiring current and future generations

Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 630,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation. This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success.

In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.

Please visit our website, at, for a detailed description of this position as a Lead Hand (Arboriculture) (competition #2021-2616), and to apply online before 11:59 p.m., Sunday January 23rd, 2022.

We are committed to employment equity and we thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.

Note: As per the collective agreement, probationary employees will receive 5% less than the regular permanent rate of the classification they are employed in, until the completion of four (4) months’ continuous service or eighty (80) actual days worked, whichever is the greater. They will then commence receiving the regular permanent rate.

The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and supporting the well-being of our employees. We encourage qualified applicants to apply and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.

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