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    • 12 Aug 2014
    • 25 Aug 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lindsay, Ontario

    Manager - Parks, Recreation and Culture

    Lindsay, Ontario


    The City of Kawartha Lakes is a growing municipality in the Lindsay area providing municipal services to its 75,000+ residents and seasonal guests. The City of Kawartha Lakes is one of the largest employers in the area with a large variety of professionals in its employ.  Incorporated in 2001 as a single-tier municipality, the City of Kawartha Lakes is a young organization providing opportunity for growth and learning. 

    Job Description:  Under the direction of the Director of Community Services, this position is responsible to provide effective leadership and direction in the planning, coordination and management of the Parks, Recreation and Culture division.  This division is comprised of municipally owned parks, recreation facilities and programming activities.  On a day-to-day basis, you will be expected to initiate and oversee the implementation of new projects and polices; provide recommendation for efficiencies and improvements; resolve conflicts; provide staff direction; prepare, implement and monitor capital and operating budgets; research and write reports on various topics to Director and Council; assist with preparation of department business plans; manage and maintain successful relationships with community partners, contractors, user groups, patrons, etc.; negotiate lease agreements; administer the terms of the Collective Agreement; and is responsible for hiring, discipline, dismissals, performance management and training of staff. To achieve this, you will be working independently and in concert with managers, supervisors and employees.  Your work will enable the City of Kawartha Lakes to continually improve service, programming quality and customer satisfaction, with reliance on your excellent leadership, planning and coordination skills.

    Requirements and Qualifications: You will be a motivated self-starter with a post-secondary degree in Parks, Recreation, Physical Education or a related field.  You will have a minimum of 7 years of related progressive experience in a parks and recreation setting with a strong background in budget development, project management, staff/volunteer supervision and community relations.  You also will bring supervisory experience in a unionized environment.  You will have superb written and oral communication skills, with excellent organizational and leadership skills.  This position requires travel throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes to attend meetings and visits to various Parks and Recreation facilities.  Some overtime or early/late meetings will be required.

    Salary: $91,047 - $106,512 per annum 

    How to Apply: Applications may be submitted by email no later than August 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. quoting Job #14-110 to:

    City of Kawartha Lakes

    P.O. Box 9000, Lindsay, ON  K9V 5R8

    Email:  jobs@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca


    A complete Job Description can be found at: http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/city-hall/employment-opportunities


    We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  We will accommodate the needs of applicants in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process.  Please advise Human Resources to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process.


    • 14 Aug 2014
    • 12 Sep 2014
    • City of Waterloo

    100 Regina Street South, Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8

    Position:         Manager of Forestry & Horticulture
    Status:           Regular Full-time

    Competition Number: 14-51
    Pay Band:       Band E
    Salary Range: $75,366 - $94,207
    Hours of Work:35 hours/week *
    Department:   Community Services
    Division:          Environment and Parks Services
    Work Location: Waterloo Service Centre

    Environment and Parks Division is seeking a Manager to oversee all aspects of forestry and horticulture


    • Develop and implement short-term and long-term strategies for the City’s forestry and horticulture requirements (urban forest and horticulture displays)
    • Create, review, and update section policies and procedures
    • Lead in an advisory capacity for the exchange of information, problem resolution and/or negotiation
    • Set work standards and prioritize scheduling of work in a cost effective and efficient manner
    • Ensure compliance with health and safety legislation, as well as other applicable City policies and guidelines
    • Hire regular and part-time staff; evaluate performance of staff
    • Develop and motivate staff through coaching, orientation, on-going training and performance management
    • Oversee capital works projects, special projects and special events
    • Respond verbally and in writing regarding forestry and horticulture inquires from members of the public, Council, other department staff and residents
    • Network with local authorities on forestry and horticulture related issues
    • Ensure equipment and materials are available to execute work plans
    • Prepare and monitor budget and business plan
    • Review drawings and acceptance of new parkland, street trees and woodlots
    • Prepare/provide input on reports to Council
    • Rotate on-call responsibilities during winter control operations
    • City representative on industry boards


    • Post-secondary degree in Environment Studies or equivalent in related field of forestry, arboriculture, or horticulture
    • Minimum of four (4) years of forestry and/or horticulture maintenance experience in a supervisory role, preferably in a unionized environment
    • Valid Class G driver’s licence (DZ preferred) and equipment operation experience
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Excel, Word and Outlook
    • Sound knowledge of budget preparation and control
    • Excellent leadership abilities with strong communication, problem-solving and organization skills
    • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple activities to successful conclusion
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member and build a team
    • Experience with conflict resolution in a management capacity
    • Project Management and Presentation skills an asset
    • A satisfactory Criminal Records Check will be required as a condition of hire

    *Flexibility to work varied and additional hours as required including rotating on-call and winter control shifts

    Online Application Process
    Interested and qualified candidates must submit their resume and covering letter through the online application
    process. For posting and application details please visit the City of Waterloo website by clicking here.

    The City of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the
    recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

    Posting Date: August 12, 2014 

    Closing Date: September 12, 2014

    • 15 Aug 2014
    • 22 Aug 2014
    • Town of Innisfil

    Roads/Parks Operator

    As an excellent communicator, your duties as a Roads/Parks Operator will be to perform maintenance, construction, and repair work to various roads, sidewalks, and other municipal infrastructures including parks, horticulture displays, beaches, shore lines, sports fields, skateboard parks and facilities in outdoor environments and inclement weather conditions.  You will operate different types of owned or leased equipment such as snow plows, tandem axle dump trucks, sidewalk machines, tractors, riding mowers, ball diamond groomers and various other utility vehicles related to infrastructure maintenance.

    You have a secondary school diploma (grade 12) or recognized equivalent, minimum of three years of experience in road operation/construction and parks/facilities environment, and a Class DZ licence in good standing. Certified as a Parks Technician and have an AZ licence is considered assets for this candidacy. In addition, you have the ability to interact effectively and courteously with all levels of staff members and contacts and build collaborative relationships with internal and external clients and knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act,

    For a copy of the complete job description and to learn more about the Town of Innisfil, please visit www.innisfil.ca/employment. To apply, please forward your resume in confidence, quoting File #CUPE-05-14, by August 22, 2014, to hr@innisfil.ca. We will also accept your application by fax: (705) 431-7652 or mail:

    Human Resources Department, Town of Innisfil
    2101 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil, ON  L9S 1A1

    We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information will be used to determine eligibility for potential employment and is pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    Accommodations for persons with disabilities will be provided, on request, to support candidate participation in all aspects of the recruitment process. To request accommodation, please contact Human Resources.


    • 19 Aug 2014
    • 02 Sep 2014
    • Town of Caledon

    Job Title: Parks Maintenance (Horticulture)

    Job Type: Permanent Full-time

    Closing Date: September 2, 2014

    Town of Caledon is a dynamic municipality that successfully balances urban, rural and agricultural communities.  Our energetic staff are guided by our core values that create an environment for continuous improvement and customer service excellence.

    In addition to offering exciting career opportunities, the Town also provides a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package.  Come see how you can make a difference.

    The Opportunity:

    • Oversee and carry out planting bed and shrub maintenance operations throughout parks, facilities and streetscape environments
    • Operate small equipment including light trucks, tractors, mowers, Trackless, etc.
    •  Perform sidewalk plowing duties during winter months 
    • Maintain equipment used for parks maintenance including preventative maintenance
    • Ensure efficient and conscientious and safe work is carried out in all bed maintenance activities and work programs as prepared by the Supervisor
    • Supervise full-time, part time and seasonal employees as required
    • Perform additional duties and undertake special projects as assigned
    • Be responsible to work and ensure that all staff supervised work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, the Town of Caledon Policies and Procedures, as well as established industry guidelines                        

    The Ideal Candidate:

    • Candidates for this position will have the following training, education and experience or equivalent.
    • Post-secondary diploma in Horticulture or a closely related field
    • Minimum 5 year’ experience in professional horticulture and 3 years supervisory experience
    • Experience in shrub/flower bed maintenance and design as well as turf maintenance and sidewalk snow plowing
    • Experience in operation and light servicing of vehicles (light trucks, tractors, mowers) and equipment
    • Excellent working knowledge of botanical horticulture and the broad range of plants typically found within the Town of Caledon Parks and Streetscape
    • Organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
    • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
    • Demonstrated ability to exercise significant discretion and sensitivity
    • Satisfactory passing of a vulnerable sector record check
    • Municipal parks experience is an asset
    • Valid ‘A’ Class driver’s licence preferred, with no more than 3 demerit points and daily access to a vehicle


    How To Apply:

    To learn more about employment with the Town of Caledon and to apply for this exciting and challenging opportunity, visit:www.caledon.ca/careers

    If needed and upon request, this document can be made available in an alternative format.

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21 Jul 2014 Cross-Over
10 Jul 2014 Gardener
09 Jul 2014 Parks and Open Space Supervisor
09 Jul 2014 Arborist/Supervisor
09 Jul 2014 Supervisor, Parks Maintenance Construction
20 Jun 2014 Superintendent of Construction & Maintenance
16 Jun 2014 Supervisor, Cemetery Operations
16 Jun 2014 Manager, Parks, Cemeteries & Horticulture
16 Jun 2014 Supervisor, Parks Design & Development
13 Jun 2014 Instructor / Curator (IPM)
13 Jun 2014 Instructor / Curator (Veg/Rose Garden)
26 May 2014 Forestry, Horticulture & Infrastructure Supervisor
20 May 2014 City Arborist
08 May 2014 Arborist
08 May 2014 Coordinator of Parks & Services
08 May 2014 Executive Director
16 Apr 2014 Seasonal Equipment Operator - Parks
14 Apr 2014 General Manager, Parks & Recreation
14 Apr 2014 Supervisor, Forestry
14 Apr 2014 Supervisor, Parks Infrastructure & Horticulture
10 Apr 2014 Horticultural Supervisor
08 Apr 2014 Parks Gardener
28 Mar 2014 Seasonal Floral Displays Watering Technician
21 Mar 2014 Gardener II
21 Mar 2014 Utility Person II
12 Mar 2014 Parks Crew Leader
12 Mar 2014 Temporary Bargaining Unit Position Senior Customer Service - Byng Island C.A.
12 Mar 2014 Seasonal Parks Workers II
11 Mar 2014 Assistant Property Manager (2 openings)
11 Mar 2014 Seasonal Parks Infrastructure Labourer
11 Mar 2014 Temporary Full Time Bargaining Unit Position Arborist II
11 Mar 2014 Temporary Bargaining Unit Position Security Officer - Elora Gorge C.A.
11 Mar 2014 Design and Development Assistant
19 Feb 2014 Temporary labourer
19 Feb 2014 Field Services Supervisor (Parks)
19 Feb 2014 Seasonal Equipment Operator
19 Feb 2014 Seasonal Trails Operator
14 Feb 2014 Park Operation Technician, Luther Marsh C.A.
14 Feb 2014 Park Operation Technician, Elora Quarry / Belwood C.A.
21 Jan 2014 Landscape / Grounds Maintenance / General Labour
20 Jan 2014 Cemetery Attendant
10 Jan 2014 Manager of Parks Development & Operations
08 Jan 2014 Arbor Services Coordinator
11 Dec 2013 Parks Operations South Manager
02 Dec 2013 PARKS PERSON I – HORTICULTURE Clarkson – Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
15 Nov 2013 Seasonal Parks Workers I
14 Nov 2013 Project Coordinator Landscape Architect
04 Nov 2013 Arborist II - Public Operations Department
25 Oct 2013 Parks Operations Manager
22 Oct 2013 Urban Forestry Technician
21 Oct 2013 Public Realm Coordinator (Landscape Architect)
17 Oct 2013 Project Coordinator Landscape Architect
16 Oct 2013 Manager, Parks Operations, Community Services Department
15 Oct 2013 Parks and Recreation Maintenance Technician
09 Oct 2013 Director of Parks and Forestry Operations
16 Sep 2013 Seasonal Parks Workers II
09 Sep 2013 Horticultural Supervisor
02 Sep 2013 Summer Employment for Students, GRCA
20 Aug 2013 Park Attendant 1
16 Aug 2013 Supervisor Parks Operations
15 Aug 2013 Horticulturalist
31 Jul 2013 Manager of Parks - City of Waterloo
12 Jul 2013 Head Gardener - Mississauga
09 Jul 2013 Landscape Architect
29 May 2013 Park Operations Technician
10 May 2013 Gardener
06 May 2013 Seasonal Sports Field Operator
09 Apr 2013 Manager, Parks - Public Operations Department
03 Apr 2013 Seasonal Parks Workers II
03 Apr 2013 Greenskeeper - 17 positions available
01 Apr 2013 Seasonal Sports Field Operator
13 Mar 2013 Park Superintendent II - Rockwood
08 Mar 2013 Manager of Field Services - Parks
08 Mar 2013 Park Operation Technician
08 Mar 2013 Seasonal Parks General Labourer (Contract
08 Mar 2013 Seasonal Park Student
07 Mar 2013 Seasonal Equipment Operator
07 Mar 2013 Seasonal Gardener
07 Mar 2013 Seasonal Water Tank Operator
06 Mar 2013 Park Superintendent
01 Mar 2013 Director of Parks Development
27 Feb 2013 Gardener / Leadhand
28 Jan 2013 Aerial Rope Tree Trimmer
25 Jan 2013 Temporary labourer
18 Jan 2013 Aquatic Facility Manager
18 Jan 2013 Aquatics Instructor
17 Jan 2013 Parks Seasonal Student - Operator
09 Jan 2013 Horiculturalist and Urban Forester
07 Jan 2013 Supervisor of Conservation Area Operations
07 Jan 2013 Head Gardener for City of Mississauga
02 Jan 2013 Parks Planner/Landscape Architect
20 Dec 2012 Playspace Technician
06 Dec 2012 Aquatics Services Superintendent
21 Nov 2012 Supervisor, Kortright Centre for Conservation
14 Nov 2012 Executive Director, IPM Council of Canada
16 Oct 2012 Supervisor of Forestry Operations
16 Oct 2012 Forestry Specialist - Trees For Conestogo Watershed Coordinator
18 Sep 2012 Instructor/Curator, School of Horticulture
23 Aug 2012 Park Superintendent - Bronte Creek
10 Aug 2012 Manager, Parks and Open Space - City of Guelph
27 Jun 2012 Regulations Officer
19 Jun 2012 Parks Supervisor
24 May 2012 Arborist
08 May 2012 Inspector, Forest Health Care
02 May 2012 Lead Hand (Grounds Worker - Parks)
02 May 2012 Interpretive Program Guides
01 May 2012 Director of Operations
01 May 2012 Supervisor, Property Management & Maintenance Services
01 May 2012 Supervisor Parks
17 Apr 2012 Supervisor of Parks
13 Apr 2012 Park Superintendents
02 Apr 2012 Park Operations Technician
02 Apr 2012 Park Operations Technician
28 Mar 2012 Forestry Data Collector
28 Mar 2012 Supervisor of Parks
08 Mar 2012 Operator III Forestry
07 Mar 2012 Park Operations Technician
07 Mar 2012 Lead Hand (Grounds Worker – Parks)
05 Mar 2012 Parks and Recreation Maintenance Technician
01 Mar 2012 Director of Recreation
01 Mar 2012 Director, Parks & Forestry
27 Feb 2012 Manager, Parks and Open Space
27 Feb 2012 Parks Maintenance Summer Staff
13 Feb 2012 Park Operations
10 Feb 2012 General Supervisor, Parks Operations & Technical Services
06 Feb 2012 Equipment Operator (Temporary up to 6 months)
03 Feb 2012 Gardener
24 Jan 2012 Director of Parks & Recreation
20 Jan 2012 Manager Parks
18 Jan 2012 Supervisor, Parks & Open Space
18 Jan 2012 2012 Summer Seasonal Positions
18 Jan 2012 Gardener 2
18 Jan 2012 Sales Representative Central & East Ontario
17 Jan 2012 Facility Maintainer/Equipment Operator
16 Dec 2011 Small Engines Mechanic B
13 Dec 2011 Seasonal Parks Labourers
01 Dec 2011 Manager, Parks
22 Nov 2011 Manager of Parks, City of Orillia
07 Nov 2011 Park Superintendent – Bronte Creek
11 Oct 2011 Gardener/Leadhand, Guest Relations, Garden & Nature
30 Sep 2011 Parks Group leader
30 Sep 2011 Park Maintenance Worker
09 Sep 2011 Director, Parks
23 Aug 2011 Seasonal Parks Workers
05 Aug 2011 Horticulturalist
15 Jul 2011 Coordinator of Parks Services
14 Jul 2011 Seasonal Parks General Labourer
28 Jun 2011 Foreman III – Parks Operations
20 Jun 2011 Operations Supervisor - Major Parks and Horticulture
31 May 2011 Gardener 2
27 May 2011 Program Coordinator, Franklin Children's Garden
20 May 2011 Manager, Facilities and Property
20 May 2011 Gate Attendant
20 May 2011 Park Maintenance
20 May 2011 Security Enforcement Officer
18 May 2011 Sports Field Operator (Temporary)
18 May 2011 Gardener (Temporary)
18 May 2011 Equipment Operators (Temporary)
13 May 2011 Director of Parks & Recreation
11 Apr 2011 Gardener
04 Apr 2011 Parks Operations Support
01 Apr 2011 Project Manager
19 Mar 2011 Parks & Arena Operator II
17 Mar 2011 Park Attendant I
16 Mar 2011 Parks Operations Technician
14 Mar 2011 Mill Creek Crew Leader, Aquatics
23 Feb 2011 Supervisor, Marine Services
23 Feb 2011 Supervisor of Parks Maintenance and Construction
23 Feb 2011 Supervisor Parks
17 Feb 2011 Full-Time Supervisor - Cemetery Services
16 Feb 2011 Apprentice Horticulturist
11 Feb 2011 Executive Assistant
04 Feb 2011 Manager, Parks
04 Feb 2011 Park Operations Technician
03 Feb 2011 Parks and Cemetery Supervisor
03 Feb 2011 Senior Project Manager – Parks & Cemeteries Operations
03 Feb 2011 Head Gardener Pest Management
28 Jan 2011 London (Ontario) Commercial Territory Manager
10 Jan 2011 Sales Consultant
10 Nov 2010 Project and Development Planner
08 Nov 2010 Director, Recreation
04 Nov 2010 Manager of Parks Operations
21 Oct 2010 Horticulturalist
13 Oct 2010 Parks Lead Hand
20 Sep 2010 Trails Project Coordinator
10 Sep 2010 Finance Manager / Secretary-Treasurer
25 Aug 2010 Park Operations Support (POS)
18 Aug 2010 Supervisor of Facilities and Parks
03 Aug 2010 Arborist I
27 Jul 2010 Arborist
19 Jul 2010 Facility Coordinator
14 Jul 2010 Horticultural Supervisor
12 Jul 2010 Parks Maintenance Supervisor
09 Jul 2010 Gardener
01 Jul 2010 Temporary Full Time Parks and Leisure Services Capital Project Manager
22 Jun 2010 Cemetery Operator
11 Jun 2010 Horticulturist/Arborist
07 Jun 2010 Security Officer
02 Jun 2010 Public Works Supervisor – Parks & Forestry
31 May 2010 Supervisor, Park Maintenance
27 May 2010 Arborist I
20 May 2010 Parks/Special Events Foreman
18 May 2010 Parkskeeper IV - District (4 Vacancies)
17 May 2010 Manager of Parks and Civic Facilities
13 May 2010 Gardener II - District
05 May 2010 Supervisor, Turf and Sports Fields
29 Apr 2010 Supervisor, Property Management and Maintenance Reference #: X10CSA19696
29 Apr 2010 Supervisor, Parks Maintenance and Construction Reference #: X10CSA19695
29 Apr 2010 Supervisor Parks, Reference #: X10CSA19799
29 Apr 2010 Supervisor Parks Reference #: X10CSA19694
14 Apr 2010 Maintenance Assistant, Pinehurst Lake C.A.
12 Apr 2010 Co-ordinator Parks and Environmental Services
08 Apr 2010 Manager, Water Resources Engineering
06 Apr 2010 Carpenter’s Assistant / General Construction Labourer
03 Mar 2010 Lead Hand (Grounds Worker – Parks)
03 Mar 2010 Lead Hand (Grounds Worker – Parks)
03 Mar 2010 Forestry Operations Technician
26 Feb 2010 Director Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services
25 Feb 2010 Parkskeepr IV - District (4 Vacancies)
24 Feb 2010 Landscape Information and Job Fair
17 Feb 2010 General Supervisor Parks Operations and Technical Services
17 Feb 2010 AutoCAD Operator & Golf Course GPS Surveyor
09 Feb 2010 Director, Parks and Recreation
25 Jan 2010 Seasonal Parks General Labourer
01 Jan 2010 Conservation Area Designer

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