Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Superintendent, School of Horticulture and within established policies and procedures, while operating as part of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture’s Instructional Team, the primary responsibilities of the position include: delivery of approved curriculum in the areas of landscape construction, including both large and small equipment operation, use and safety. Administer assessment and evaluation methods to track and reflect student progress in in an academic and experiential learning environment, while addressing accommodated learning styles of students. Other responsibilities include overseeing and scheduling the use and maintenance of site equipment and related resources while tracking daily operation and safety procedures. Including maintaining associated record keeping in compliance with both occupational health and safety legislation and Niagara Parks’ health and safety policy. In conjunction with the Assistant Superintendent, aids in development of content for select courses and workshops.
Niagara Parks offers an hourly rate of as well as a comprehensive benefit and pension plan.
A successful Police Information Check is required for the selected candidate.
Applications for this position will be accepted until January 29, 2019.
Niagara Parks is one of the largest employers in the Niagara Region, with over 1,700 full time and seasonal employees. Our team is comprised of energetic and friendly staff who provide guests from around the world with exceptional quality service. Niagara Parks is committed to attracting and retaining a highly professional, motivated, engaged and inclusive workforce within a culture of teamwork, mutual respect and trust. This is achieved by aligning the right people with the right skills in the right places to promote continuous improvement and excellence. Our corporate vision is to be an innovative example of sustainability as the environmental and cultural stewards of the Niagara River Corridor; a welcoming, accessible and inspiring place offering world class natural, historical and authentic experiences; a source of national pride and identity; and one of the most spectacular parks in the world.
- Completion of a Diploma or equivalent Certificates of one or more related Construction Trade apprenticeships (e.g. Horticulture Technician, General Carpenter and/or Brick and Stone Mason).
- Must hold a valid Class “G” Driver’s License.
- Post-secondary instruction experience and certification as an equipment trainer, having specifically a thorough knowledge of landscaping machinery and equipment considered a strong asset.
- Four years of demonstrated experience in landscape construction; including management and instruction.
- Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of students.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to deal with the public using tact and courtesy.
- Record keeping skills.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position and strong mechanical aptitude and experience.
- Ability to demonstrate and to evaluate the work activities of students.
- Knowledge and experience with an extensive range of horticultural equipment, tools, tractors, mowers and associated implements.
- Extensive knowledge of industrial and horticultural safety practices and the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations.
- Must be able to physically work in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions during all seasons.
- Must be willing and able to work overtime on short notice and to perform shift work and standby as required and scheduled to fulfill the requirements of a seven-day operation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Within approved curriculum, instructs, assesses and evaluates students' skills and techniques with materials, tools and associated equipment in the Landscape Construction Course, Equipment Maintenance Workshop(s), Equipment Operation and Safety Training and Loader Training for Instructional Staff and Students as required. Oversees tractor operation licensing, associated testing and records.
- Provides yearly equipment training, evaluations and final sign off as required to NPC staff and students which includes both classroom practical and teaching activities. In coordination with HS&E, maintains accurate records, ensuring training is constantly updated and compliant with industry standards.
- Plans, organizes, oversees and evaluates practical learning activities of up to 45 students; along with other instructional staff, closely monitors students, ensuring tasks are performed safely including directly overseeing practical instruction of students for design/installation special construction projects (e.g. trellises, flagstone walks/walls, irrigation systems ponds, snow removal, soil moving, etc.).
- Contributes to daily, weekly and seasonal applied work evaluation of all students including equipment/tool use, skill development, work performance, supervision and personal leadership skills.
- Participates in/contributes to curriculum and policy development, as well as policy compliance for the School and Gardens, ensuring areas of personal responsibility are kept current.
- Participates in the interviewing and selection process of prospective students.
- Participates in faculty, student supervisory, and seminar meetings.
- Maintains and is responsible for fuel and implement sheds.
- Assists in the monitoring of safety at the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture to help ensure staff, student and public safety.
- Ensures the tools and equipment are in good operating order, operated/used properly, machinery operating records kept and reports and equipment failures or abuse.
- Operates and oversees maintenance/records for tractors, loaders, workshop tools/machines, and equipment for all maintenance activities (e.g. grass cutting, construction projects, snow removal, etc.).
- Provides services required for the routine maintenance of buildings and structures such as minor repairs and installations. With direction from the Assistant Superintendent, School of Horticulture and NPC Engineering department, collaborates on large repairs/installations.
- Maintains records and storage of tools/equipment, construction supplies (e.g. nails, glue, rocks, lumber, hand tools, fuel, paint, saws, etc.) and recommends equipment or specialty tools to budget/purchase based on research. Prepares garden tool order for new students.
We are an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), Niagara Parks 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 Niagara Parks at 905.295.4396 x3255 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.