Region of Waterloo

Date Posted
September 3, 2021




Come join us at the Region of Waterloo, as we expand our Transportation Operations team with additional emphasis on the management of our vegetation infrastructure – from trees to garden beds and grass.

We strive for the continued environmental and health benefits vegetation provides to residents and visitors of the Region. This new Supervisor, Forestry & Horticulture Operations position will involve responsibility for not just the maintenance of trees and vegetation along our roads, but also for playing a leading role in developing plans to ensure our vegetation thrives as we continue to expand the planting of materials on our right-of-ways.

Who We Are
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.

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The Opportunity
This mandate with the Region of Waterloo would be an exceptional career move for a quick thinker and confident decision-maker, who turns strategy into action, and can communicate and work effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. If you are such a leader, let’s talk.

As Supervisor, Forestry & Horticulture Operations, you’ll supervise crews assigned to forestry, horticulture, and general landscaping/grass-cutting work on regional roads, properties, and the entire roadway right-of-way, as well as winter roads maintenance operations. Monitoring operations by carrying out patrols will be an integral part of your leadership role.


To assume the role of Supervisor, Forestry & Horticulture Operations, you will have the following profile:
• Knowledge of arboriculture, including tree appraisal, identification, and maintenance practices/ techniques; horticulture practices, including landscape construction, and creating and maintaining green urban spaces (e.g., pruning, soil analysis, irrigation); road construction and maintenance equipment operations; and public works administration, methods, and procedures, normally acquired through a diploma in a related program (e.g., arboriculture, forestry), plus progressively responsible directly related experience.
• Knowledge of forestry practices (e.g., climbing techniques, felling trees, tree preservation and protection).
• Must have or be pursuing certification as a Certified Arborist or Master Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) (if post-hire, must obtain within probationary period).
• Must have, or be able to obtain, a current pesticide exterminator licence (post-hire).
• Knowledge of, and ability to comply with, policies, procedures, manuals, collective agreements, and legislation (e.g., health and safety, hazardous materials, transportation of dangerous goods, Highway Traffic Act, drainage, pesticides, Regional by-laws, urban landscape/design regulations).
• Analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and continuous improvement skills to organize and coordinate the work of supervised staff; research tree and vegetation maintenance practices and equipment/materials, and assist in the development of equipment and maintenance procedures; determine priorities; prepare performance reports; and make decisions regarding emergency situations.
• Leadership, human relations, and communication skills to supervise, train, develop, motivate, and support staff; act as a witness in Court, if needed; conduct presentations and training to staff and outside groups; respond to public complaints; and participate as an effective team member.
• Ability to read and interpret manuals, reports, correspondence, and instructions.
• Ability to write reports, specifications, and correspondence.
• Computer skills, with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office, and systems for work/asset management, weather forecasts, time and attendance, hours of service, and finance/accounting.
• Must have a valid class D driver’s licence with Z-air brake endorsement and an acceptable driving record to operate corporate vehicles, as required. 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-air brake endorsement, post-hire, as required.
• Ability to participate in an official standby/on-call rotation to respond to legislated or time-sensitive demands beyond regularly scheduled work hours.
• Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.


We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview. We will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.


Salary: Competitive

Pay Rate

Date Updated 03/09/2021

Status New

Date Ad Expires
September 12, 2021

How to apply

Please visit our website, at, for a detailed description of this position as Supervisor, Forestry & Horticulture Operations (competition #2021-1973), and to apply online before 11:59 p.m., Sunday, September 12, 2021.