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Job Details: Forestry Technician

Job Details
Open Date Jan 13 2022 - 09:00:00 AM Close Date Jan 28 2022 - 04:00:00 PM
Position Title Forestry Technician Posting Type Regular Full Time
Posting Status Active Position Length Regular
Department Group Parks, Forestry, and Cemetery Services/ Forestry Section Hours per Week 40 Hours/Week
Department Community Services Openings 1
Education High School Diploma    
Competition 22-06
Salary Range $31.52
Union Position No



The City of Waterloo has a full-time Forestry Technician position available to work in the Forestry section of Environment and Parks Services.  The successful candidate will work 40 hours per week. Shift work may be required based upon operational requirements which includes evenings, weekends and holidays.


  • Perform a wide range of maintenance and operational activities related to day to day forestry under the direction of the Manager of Forestry
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and coordinate and maintain required documentation and record keeping
  • Participate in team development and implementation of operational/maintenance programs to meet Environment and Parks Services Division objectives and the needs of our customers
  • Provide guidance to staff on operational activities, equipment and health and safety related procedures where qualified
  • Provide exceptional customer service by responding to customer inquiries, customer needs and communication with user groups on an ongoing basis
  • Ensure safe and efficient operation, care and maintenance of tools, equipment and vehicles
  • Perform daily checks on vehicles and equipment, including documentation of any issues
  • Maintain a safe work environment by taking necessary precautions and applying safety procedures in accordance with health and safety legislation and City of Waterloo policies
  • Perform winter operations activities and may participate in the winter control shifts
  • Perform additional related duties as requested for Environment and Parks operations
  • May be required to participate on various teams and initiatives
  • Will be required to perform other duties as assigned


  • Grade 12 Education or equivalent
  • Three (3) years of related forestry experience involving manual/physical labour and operation power tools, vehicles and/or related equipment operation
  • Current International Society of Arborist (ISA) Certified Arborist accreditation (or equivalent program accreditation)
  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) credential (or equivalent)
  • Certification in Aerial Lifts, Aerial Work Platforms, Chainsaw operation, and Working from Heights is preferred
  • A Valid MTO ‘DZ’ class driver’slicense in good standing with driver’s abstract acceptable to the City is required to perform the job
  • Thorough working knowledge of forestry operations and procedures
  • Experience in operating equipment such as aerial lifts, chipper, chainsaw, and front-end loader
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, actual and potential hazards associated with forestry services; must have knowledge of Book 7
  • Capable of performing the physical demands of the position, including lifting, climbing and kneeling on a regular basis
  • Ability to work with computer programs such as GIS software
  • Willing and able to work in an outdoor environment and actively participate in daily activities in inclement weather
  • Ability to work efficiently in a team environment, motivated, hard-working and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Advanced Rigging Technical Knowledge is considered an asset
  • First Aid and AED certification
  • Experience with winter control operations including plowing, salting, and trackless operation
  • Ensure that all required certification or licenses are kept current and in good standing, and attend training and remain apprised of new technologies within the Forestry field
  • Supplementary training related to Business Unit will be required (i.e. Bucket Truck training, Electrical Awareness, Chainsaw safety and cutting techniques, Working from Heights, Health and Safety, Environmental Spills, Equipment Operation)
  • Satisfactory police record and judicial matters check

Supplementary training related to Business Unit will be required (i.e. Bucket Truck training, Electrical Awareness, Chainsaw safety and cutting techniques, Working from Heights, Health and Safety, Environmental Spills, Equipment Operation)

COVID-19 Vaccination: In accordance with the City of Waterloo’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, new City of Waterloo employees (or employee’s re-hired after a minimum of 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

Shift Information

Normal hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Overtime and on-Call duties may be required for operational purposes.  Note that weekend shift work may be required during the Winter Control season.

Application Process

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit a CUPE Internal Job Posting Application through the online application process or directly to Human Resources, 100 Regina Street South by 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Be You @ Waterloo

At the City of Waterloo, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. All interested and qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, Black persons, non-Black racialized persons/persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and those interested in joining our team are encouraged to apply.


The City of Waterloo is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive, and barrier-free. Accommodations in accordance with the Human Rights Code and other applicable legislation are available throughout all stages of the recruitment process. For accommodation during the application process, applicants are requested to make their needs known via email at recruitment@waterloo.ca, quoting the position and competition number. Applicants advanced through to subsequent stages of the recruitment process will be provided with additional opportunities to make their needs known.


We’ve Got You Covered

The City of Waterloo strives to be an employer of choice for strong talent dedicated to serving our community, and offer the following:

-          Competitive wages and a fulsome employer paid benefits package, including paid sick leave, long-term disability, OMERS pension and an Employee and Family Assistance Program;

-          A staff team dedicated to fostering and advancing action to support the organization’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous Initiatives, Anti-Racism, Accessibility and Equity;

-          Substantial internal and external training and development opportunities;

-          Compassionate and caring organization that promotes and embraces a culture of health, safety and wellness;

-          Strong commitment to providing and maintaining a psychologically safe workplace that is respectful, inclusive, and where all individuals are valued;

-          Paid vacation and personal days, paid float holiday(s), and the ability to bank overtime;

-          Employee Purchase Programs (Corporate Cell Phone plans, Computer Purchase Plan, etc.);

-          City of Waterloo Staff Recreation Pass;

-          Anniversary milestone gifts, starting at 5 years of service for regular part-time and full-time staff; and,

-          So much more!