Supervisor, Trails & Natural Areas Stewardship
The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto. Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life - all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.
Resumes are being accepted for the position of Supervisor, Trails & Natural Areas Stewardship within the Parks Operations & Forestry division. Reporting to the Manager of Parks Operations & Forestry, the successful candidate will be responsible for trails maintenance, natural areas stewardship, and parks sanitation. The functions performed in this position are in accordance with established standard operating procedures, departmental and corporate policies, sound construction, vegetation management, and natural areas stewardship principles and practices, and applicable codes, with a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.
- Supervise staff (permanent and temporary) and develop work plans for Trails & Natural Areas Stewardship group, including staff recruitment, training, development, performance, and administration for the section.
- Provides visible and positive leadership to staff consistent with the commitments of the City’s Leadership Charter, developing and nurturing a work environment that is inclusive, respectful and motivating for staff.
- Develop, review and implement policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures to ensure all work practices comply with the City of Guelph’s Health and Safety policies, other applicable health and safety regulations, and all applicable City policies and guidelines.
- Develop and implement short and long-term maintenance strategies for the network of city-maintained trails and natural areas, with particular attention to public safety and ecological integrity.
- Execute both capital and operational projects within approved budgets on a timely basis; in accordance with all levels of regulatory oversight.
- Assists manager with the development of operating and capital budgets.
- Achieve and manage operating budgets for Trails and Natural Areas Stewardship through a continuous improvement approach.
- Manage contracts and contracted services with suppliers and vendors, including price negotiations, in accordance with the City’s purchasing by-law.
- Ensure materials and equipment are available to execute work plans.
- Respond to service request issues verbally and/or in writing, regarding trails, sanitation, and natural areas concerns from the general public, other staff, departments and residents.
- Participate strategically in relevant professional and community committees.
- Network with stakeholders (individuals and groups) on matters within position’s purview.
- Administer activities through an electronic service request/work order system and with GIS.
- Participate in the after-hours on-call supervisor rotation and winter control activities for Parks Operations & Forestry.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Considerable knowledge and expertise related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a diploma or degree in Resource Management, Forestry, Landscape Architecture, Parks Management or related field, and progressively responsible experience in trails construction and/or maintenance, and natural areas stewardship, preferably within a municipal environment. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
- Demonstrated leadership skills acquired through experience supervising staff or leading work teams, preferably in a municipal unionized environment.
- Comprehensive technical knowledge and demonstrated competencies in management of trails and natural areas stewardship, including procuring and managing contracted services to ensure compliance with specifications, regulations and policies.
- Proven knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Pesticides Act, and other applicable legislation.
- Excellent verbal & written communication skills; strong negotiating and public relation skills are essential.
- Experience in working with computer applications including Windows, MS Word, Excel, Project, Outlook, ArcGIS, and work order systems.
- Valid Class “G” driver’s licence with a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their licence is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.
- Additionally, any of the following will be considered assets: licensed by the Ontario Professional Foresters Association; Certified Arborist status (International Arboriculture Society or Province of Ontario); licensed pesticide applicator through Ministry of Environment and Climate Change; ecological restoration certificate; and, demonstrated passion for trails and/or natural areas stewardship.
Rate of Pay:
$70,598 - $88,248 per year
How to Apply:
Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Monday March 14, 2016. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.
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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.
Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.
The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer.