Ontario Parks Association   
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  • 31 May 2011
  • 1:30 PM
  • 02 Jun 2011
  • 11:00 PM
  • City of Toronto

The City of Toronto has an opening for:


Gardener 2

File Reference #: X11CSA21688


Major Responsibilities:

  • Prepares plants and maintains flower beds, horticultural displays and plants in greenhouses
  • Maintains plant materials in a park area in a neat and orderly manner
  • Participates in the design, preparation, planting and maintenance of horticultural displays, turf grass areas, indoor and natural area plantings and landscapes including all aspects of Plant Health Care inclusive of I.P.M. and pesticide use
  • Prepares various growing media prior to planting; gathering, cleaning and storing propagules; planting and transplanting as required and determining and maintaining correct growing environment
  • Inspects woody and herbaceous plant material for insect infestation or disease and reports damage
  • Prepares chemicals for spraying and sprays flowers, bushes, as directed
  • Performs park maintenance such as litter control, snow and ice removal, and washroom cleaning
  • Loads materials, plants, etc. and delivers, as required, to various locations
  • Operates various types of motor vehicles and mechanized grounds, garden and turf maintenance equipment, etc.
  • Responds to horticultural questions from the public
  • May be required to perform landscaping functions such as sodding and constructing retaining walls etc.
  • Transports crews and drives vehicles to designated areas and operates various mechanical equipment as assigned
  • May be required to direct other staff

Key Qualifications:

  1. Diploma or certificate in horticulture or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Considerable experience as a practicing gardener, including preparation, planting and maintenance of horticultural displays, turf grass areas, indoor and natural area plantings and landscapes.
  3. Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Province of Ontario Class "G" Driver's License and must qualify for the City's equipment operating permits and requirements.
  4. Possession of or the ability to obtain an Ontario Landscape Exterminator's Licence as required.
  5. A good knowledge of plant materials and the ability to propagate and grow a wide variety of plants for the beautification of park areas.
  6. Ability to arrange, plant and maintain annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees according to the best horticultural methods and to achieve an attractive appearance.
  7. Ability to recognize insect pests, diseases and weeds and to treat them in the most effective manner.
  8. Ability to make the most effective use of fertilizers and an appreciation of the water requirements of plants.
  9. May be required to obtain Structural Greenhouse/Interior Plant Exterminator License.
  10. Must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
  11. Ability to deal courteously with the public.
  12. Must be physically capable of performing required duties and must be able to work in all weather conditions.
  13. Must be available to work shift/weekend/overtime as required.

Applicants are invited to apply online by June 1at www.toronto.ca/employment

Salary: $26.29 per hour
Number of vacancies: Thirty-Three (33)
Job status: Seasonal
Job Type: Union

Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

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

(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)


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