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Natural Area Practitioner

Company: City of Surrey
Location : Surrey,BC
Company Profile

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building vibrant, sustainable communities through technology and innovation. City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city—and their careers—forward. Build a City. Build a Future at the City of Surrey.

Job Description

The City of Surrey’s Urban Forestry – Natural Areas team has a unique full-time temporary job opportunity for someone who is interested in applying their varied experience and skills to meet the challenges of assisting in the management of over 1,600 hectares of forest, shrubland, and grassland.

• Supervise, train and review work of junior staff.
• Work on a team or alone with limited office work.
• Complete a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks including but not limited to:

o trail edge pruning
o invasive plant removal
o planting maintenance (weeding/brushing/mulching)
o planting native trees and shrubs
o refuse and yard waste removal
o tree debris clean-up
o inventorying assets

• Respond to service requests from the public.
• Prepare reports and maintain records.
• Complete heavy physical work in all weather conditions, requiring sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination.
• Work independently as well as in a team environment.
• Must be physically able to carry out the duties as required.
• Be a logical and analytical thinker in problem-solving situations.
• Have superior public relations, interpersonal, communication, organizational and leadership skills.
• Have considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, standards and guidelines using in urban park natural area management.
• Complete other related duties as required

Qualifications:
• Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by successful completion of five additional relevant courses from an approved post-secondary education institution in any of the following course areas: o Biology
o Urban land management
o Ecology
o Conservation
o Wildlife management

• Plus a minimum of 2 years of recent experience in the management of natural areas.

Or
• Completion of Grade 12 and a Technical Certificate Program (one year full-time) from an approved post-secondary institution, supplemented by 18 months of recent experience in the management of natural areas.

Or
• Completion of Grade 12 and completion of a diploma program from an approved post-secondary institution, with a minimum of 6 months recent experience in the management of natural areas.

Applicants must also have:
• Experience supervising staff and strong leadership skills.
• Experience performing manual labour.
• Experience with power tools (brush saw, hedge trimmer, backpack blowers, chainsaw) and hand tools (shovels, picks, hand snips, loppers, hand saws).
• Demonstrate ability to identify native and invasive plants.
• Possess strong public relations, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Possess strong organizational, time management, record-keeping and computer skills.
• Have a B.C. Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicator Certificate (to be obtained before the completion of the probation period).
• Have a valid BC Driver’s license with a safe driving record.

Please apply online @ www.surrey.ca/careers to Job ID 2930.