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Current Employment Opportunities

    • 22 Jul 2016
    • 04 Aug 2016
    • Niagara Parks Commission

    IPM Instructor and Curator

    Established over 125 years ago, The Niagara Parks Commission has been a custodian and steward of one of the world’s natural wonders along with many of Niagara’s inspiring environmental and historical treasures. In the 1,325 hectare portfolio, Niagara Parks’ properties consist of extensive nature and heritage offerings, family attractions, golf courses, a horticultural school, retails shops, restaurants and a butterfly conservatory. There is also a 56 km recreational trail and the scenic Niagara Parkway.

    Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture was established with a view to improve the horticultural excellence. The students and School of Horticulture are responsible for maintaining the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is both a tourist attraction of national significance and an outdoor classroom for horticultural students. The Garden spreads across almost 100 acres with pathways, plants, ornamental trees, woodlands and ponds. The Botanical Garden is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory, Rock Garden, Arboretum, Aviary, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, the famous Rose Garden as well as providing a residence area for School of Horticulture.


    As the new Instructor (IPM)/Curator you will report directly to the Assistant Superintendent of the School of Horticulture. This is a key role in our organization and will have dual accountability for both teaching the IPM course curriculum within the School of Horticulture and for oversight of IPM activities within the Botanical Gardens.

    From a teaching perspective you will be responsible for the development of academic policies, course curriculum and delivery of all IPM academic courses as well as general horticultural skills and techniques to full-time students at the school.

    From a curator perspective you will oversee a seasonal staff up to 40 which includes parks staff, co-op students, interns, and volunteers. In addition you will be responsible for oversight and maintenance of selected garden areas within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and in particular the IPM program.


    • Horticulture Industry Experience: Five years of related botanical gardens or horticultural industry experience, plus three years teaching experience. Demonstrated experience in selection, knowledge and use of herbaceous and woody plants.
    • Teaching Experience: At least three years experience in teaching and curriculum development at the post-secondary level coupled with instructional education techniques; ability to take a hands on approach to actively instruct students within the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture.
    • People Management: Ability to strategically plan, organize and direct the work of students, co-ops, parks staff, interns and volunteers.
    • Integrated Pest Management: Knowledge of and experience in developing and delivering Integrated Pest Management programs and the ability to guide plant pest and disease diagnosis and plant pathology.
    • Landscaping Techniques: Knowledge and experience in landscaping techniques, design principles and an ability to approach garden development creatively.
    • Safety Practices: Extensive knowledge of industrial and horticultural safety practices and the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
    • Communication Skills: Organizational skills with the ability to communicate effectively with students, staff and horticultural industry professionals.
    • Education: Completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree or a three year Horticultural diploma and relevant botanical gardens and/or horticultural industry experience; valid Landscape Exterminators Licence. Additional certifications in related education and related horticultural trades are also an asset.


    To explore this opportunity please apply via email by August 4, 2016 to: careers@waterhousesearch.ca  quoting project NPC-IPM Should you wish to speak to our Executive Recruiter please contact Jon Stungevicius at 416-214- 9233, jon@waterhousesearch.com.

    We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    We are an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff.  All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.   

    We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  To request an alternate format, please contact the HR Department at (905) 353-5411, or by email to accessibility@niagaraparks.com, or by TTY, Local (905) 356-5672, or Toll–free 1-855-356-5672.

    • 22 Jul 2016
    • 04 Aug 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • City of Brantford

    The Corporation of the City Of Brantford Parks and Recreation Department 

    Design and Development Assistant 

    (Temporary up to one year)

    Job ID # 183

    Reporting to the Coordinator of Parks Services, the Design and Development Assistant is responsible for compiling and updating the Department park inventory and map database; drafting park site plans, planting plans and related landscape construction details as well as performing site inventory/analysis and inspection duties for a variety of park development projects.


    • Successful completion of a minimum two (2) year community college program or equivalent in architecture, civil engineering, landscape design or a related field
    • Minimum of one (1) year previous related work experience
    • Experience preparing and reading cartographic maps, site plans, planting plans, presentation drawings and graphics as well as construction and architectural drawings
    • Demonstrated proficiency using AutoCAD and GIS and experience with a variety of computer applications including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Sketch -Up and Illustrator
    • General knowledge of horticulture and practical site experience in landscape construction and maintenance are assets
    • Ability to work independently and manage multiple and changing demands and priorities
    • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills
    • Possess a valid Class 'G' driver's license in good standing during the course of employment 

    Note : Applicants may be required to undergo skill assessment testing

    WAGE RANGE AS PER THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT: $23.05 to $25.61 per hour (based on a 35hour work week) plus benefits

    To apply on-line, please visit the City of Brantford website at www.brantford.ca/careers and click on Current Opportunities.

    Closing date for applications: THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

    Information gathered relative to this position will only be used for candidate selection.

    We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to submit your resume, however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted

    Our organization is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their required accommodations known in advance.

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Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

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