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Opportunity Type:
Job

Natural Areas Field Technician

(Continuous)
Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department

POSITION FUNCTION
Coordinate and participate in the maintenance, conservation and restoration of natural park areas and habitats.

KEY DUTIES
Maintains various natural park areas in the City by assessing the ecological condition and determining best restorative practices, developing site planning plans, preparing areas to be developed or restored as natural environments and liaising with other work sections as required.  Collects, stores and propagates native seed material and recommends plant selection and areas to be planted; conducts inventories of native and invasive plants and conditions in natural areas.

Performs general maintenance to assigned natural areas by planting, irrigating, fertilizing, and pruning natural species; monitor invasive species, pests and environmental conditions; make recommendations for action to supervisor; follow up on action items as directed.

Serves on a variety of external committees and conducts public education and information sessions with small groups.

Operates various hand tools and power equipment such as shovels, line trimmers, roto-tillers, power shears, chainsaws, tractors, trenchers, turf-cutters, torches and brush blades.

Determines materials and equipment as required; operate a variety of vehicles as required; perform equipment maintenance; report repairs required and damage to equipment to supervisor and mechanic shop; maintain fuel and equipment supply for staff at various work sites.

Provides work direction and guidance to other staff as required. Completes daily and seasonal work records and equipment slips; responds to enquiries from the public, staff and outside agencies regarding general parks information, including natural areas.

Perform related duties where qualified.

INDEPENDENCE
Work is performed according to seasonal schedule and is reviewed while in progress.
Issues such as plant selection and removal are discussed with supervisor. Priorities are determined with the Parks Environmental Technician and the Integrated Pest Management Coordinator.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical Effort:
Lift and move heavy plants and equipment. (often)
Operate manual and power tools and equipment. (frequent)
Mental Effort:
Normal.
Visual/Auditory Effort:
Normal.
Work Environment:
Work outside in all weather conditions. (continuous)
Exposure to equipment noise. (occasional)
Work in close proximity to moving traffic.  (occasional)
Work in an environment where protective measures must be taken to avoid exposure to natural toxins, chemicals, and fertilizers. (occasional)

KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Organize and prioritize work.
Understand and apply environmental management practices.
Identify local plants and describe ecological systems.
Use hand tools and power equipment.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.
Working level knowledge of City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.
Work safely on job sites.

QUALIFICATIONS
Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:
Diploma in environmental studies or related field. (2 years)
Pesticide applicator’s licence.
Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s Licence.

Experience:
1 year of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience, including working with local plant and ecological systems.

OTHER:
May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Work schedule: Shifts may vary, 7:00am – 3:30pm, 40 hour work week
$35.48 per hour, Pay Grade 10
Job Code #757
This is a CUPE Local 50 Position

To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at www.victoria.ca/jobs – only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Applicants who are not current City of Victoria employees will be asked to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 during the recruitment process. External applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated based on a protected legal ground as defined in the BC Human Rights Code may request an accommodation.

At the City of Victoria, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.

Tagged as: environment, horticulture, technician

To apply for this job please visit www.civicjobs.ca.