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Natural Area Practitioner - Urban Forestry
Municipality: City of Surrey This posting closed on

February 12, 2021
at 4:30 PM
Department: Parks, Recreation and Culture
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. The Urban Forestry – Natural Areas team provides exciting opportunities and challenges in an active and energetic environment.
Duties: In this position, you will be:
• Field based with limited office work.
• Supervising and training junior staff.
• Working on a team or alone.
• Responding to service requests from the public.
• Completing a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks including but not limited to:
• trail maitenance (vegetation pruning, leaf blowing and tread repairs)
• invasive plant removal
• planting maintenance (weeding/brushing/mulching)
• planting native trees and shrubs
• refuse and yard waste removal
• tree debris clean-up
• inventorying assets
• Completing heavy physical work in all weather conditions, requiring sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination.
• Preparing reports and maintaining records.
• Completing other related duties as required.
The successful applicant is able to work independently as well as in a team environment and must be physically able to carry out the duties as required; is a logical and analytical thinker in problem-solving situations; has superior public relations, interpersonal, communication, organizational and leadership skills. As well, the successful applicant should have considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, standards and guidelines used in urban park natural area management.
Educational Requirements: Applicants must have:
• 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 a diploma program from an approved post-secondary institution, with a minimum of 6 months recent experience in the management of natural areas.

Applicants will meet the following requirements:
• A valid, unrestricted BC Driver’s license with a safe driving record.
• Obtain a Pesticide Applicator’s License prior to completion of probation period.
• Experience supervising staff and strong leadership skills.
• Experience performing manual labour.
• Experience with power tools (brush saw, hedge trimmer, backpack blowers) and hand tools (shovels, picks, hand snips, loppers, hand saws).
• Demonstrated ability to identify native and invasive plants.
• Strong public relations, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong organizational, time management, record-keeping and computer skills.
Applicants under consideration will be required to consent to a Police Information Check/Vulnerable Sector Check.
If you’re interested in this position please apply online @ www.surrey.ca/careers to Job ID 3646 before
Additional Information: Please apply online @ www.surrey.ca/careers
E-mail: humanresources@surrey.ca
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Opening Date: January 11, 2021 08:30 AM
Closing Date: February 12, 2021 04:30 PM

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