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  • 07 Mar 2016
  • 18 Mar 2016
  • 11:59 PM
  • Western University


Considered Canada's most beautiful University, Western's main campus spans 400 acres of Gothic-style buildings mixed with modern LEED-certified capital structures providing an idyllic environment for our community of scholars.  The university is located in London, Canada, a safe, vibrant and welcoming community of more than 350,000 people serving as a regional medical and industrial hub for southwestern Ontario.


Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the planning, development, construction, operation, maintenance and stewardship of all the buildings, infrastructure, sites and services within Western's campus community.


The Horticulturist will perform labour intensive and skilled horticultural technician work associated with the maintenance, construction, repair, alternation and inspection of campus grounds and facilities utilizing supplied vehicles (Class G and D license with Z endorsement), power equipment and associated tools.




  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Completion of Ontario College of Trades Horticultural Technician Program (or Provincial/Territorial equivalent with Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)) 
  • Certified and Registered Horticultural Technician as recognized by the Ontario College of Trades (or Provincial/Territorial equivalent with Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)) 
  • Maintain, at minimum, a valid Ontario D Driver's License with Z endorsement 
  • Maintain a current First Aid Certificate including CPR 
  • Current Ministry of the Environment Landscape Exterminator's License 
  • Integrated Pest Management Certification 


  • 5 years' construction and/or maintenance experience working as a Horticultural Technician in a large commercial, industrial or institutional setting 
  • 5 years' continuous experience driving DZ equipment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to the horticultural technician trade and landscape services/waste management operations 
  • In-depth understanding of tools, equipment, principles, materials, and terminology associated with the horticultural technician trade and landscape services/waste management operations 
  • Basic understanding of other trades 
  • Comprehensive knowledge in the current versions of all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards 
  • Comprehensive understanding of hydraulic accessories 
  • Knowledgeable in the operation of both automatic and manual transmission vehicles/tractors 
  • Ability to investigate, identify, analyze and document information in written or electronic form and resolve problems 
  • Ability to lift and transport materials, bend, excavate, climb and reach repetitively 
  • Ability to work well in a team environment as well as autonomously with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or in areas containing designated substances found within OH&S Act as required 
  • Ability to perform tasks in emergency situations 
  • Ability to interpret and work from electronic/written operation instruction sheets as well as mechanical electrical and geographical drawings/maps and produce quick-sketch working diagrams 
  • Comprehensive electronic, oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to listen fully and respond courteously to instructions, questions and comments 
  • Dependable and co-operative with the ability to interact with others in positive ways which develop mutual understanding, respect and productive relationships 
  • Ability to organize and order work materials, tools, and support staff in the shop and on the job site


Prior to an offer of employment a current Police Information Check (PIC) will be required and proof of a clear driver's abstract.


Interested applicants are asked to visit: www.workingatwestern.uwo.ca to apply online to job reference 5508, by midnight on March 18th, 2016.


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at hrhelp@uwo.ca or phone 519-661-2194.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

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