Leadhand – Parks Operations – City of Victoria (Victoria, BC)

Competition #20/190A
Internal/External Posting  
Closing date: March 4, 2021

Leadhand – Parks Operations

Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department

Victoria is a vibrant, richly diverse and sustainably-focused city, renowned as a global tourist destination, and a place with an enviable quality of life. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, the City of Victoria is home to 85,000 people and is the economic and cultural hub for the region’s 350,000 residents.

The City of Victoria is recruiting a Leadhand of Park Operations to coordinate and participate in a wide range of park operations and maintenance activities. This position will supervise a small team focused on overnight sheltering maintenance (removal and disposal of refuse, discarded or abandoned items and cleaning and washing areas as needed), caretaking and solid waste collection as well as turf landscape construction and boulevard renovation. This position presents a great opportunity to join a team that’s supportive and passionate in delivering key services that are critical to the City and a diverse range of citizens.

We’re looking for a team player who will work collaboratively with other areas of Parks, Recreation and Facilities as well as the City’s Public Works, Bylaw Services and Police departments. Our ideal candidate is an experienced people leader with excellent communication skills who brings a positive attitude and is passionate about supporting and developing employees to deliver high quality municipal services.

Coordinate and participate in ornamental horticulture, turfculture, arboriculture and sport field maintenance.

Coordinate, assign, review and participate in the work of approximately 9 staff involved in the maintenance of various horticultural areas of City parks and park construction; ensure schedules, procedures and established performance and safety standards are met; provide employee training and input to performance appraisals; complete time sheets.

Lay out and construct new areas to be planted; make recommendations on plant selection and areas to be planted; maintain records and inventory of trees, shrubs, turf and annuals; inspect planted, seeded and turfed areas and initiate required maintenance programs such as irrigating and fertilizing.  Evaluate and provide project costs resulting from various public works and contractor jobs to crew supervisor or manager; conduct site inspections at various locations to review work progress and quality.  Review plans to confirm that the location of utilities and services have been marked out or flagged.  Coordinate routes for seasonal work programs such as leaf pick up and branch pick up.  

Perform general maintenance to assigned park horticultural and sport field areas by planting, irrigating, fertilizing, and pruning; perform construction of boulevards and new landscaped areas; operate various hand tools and power equipment such as shovels, line trimmer, roto-tiller, electric shears, riding mowers, chainsaws, tractors, ditch-witch and turf-cutters.

Determine and order materials and equipment as required; operate a variety of vehicles such as aerial bucket truck, vacuum truck and chipper to transport material and equipment; perform equipment maintenance; report repairs required and damage to equipment to supervisor and mechanic shop; maintain fuel and equipment supply for staff at various work sites; complete daily work records and equipment slips; respond to enquiries from the public, staff and outside agencies regarding general parks information.

Perform related duties where qualified.

Work is performed according to seasonal schedule and is reviewed while in progress.
Issues such as tree removal and planting schemes are discussed with supervisor.

Physical Effort:
Lift and move heavy plants and equipment. (often)
Weed, cultivate, prune and dig by hand. (frequent)
Mental Effort:
Visual/Auditory Effort:
Work Environment:
Work outside in all weather conditions. (continuous)
Work in close proximity to moving traffic. (occasional)
Exposure to equipment noise. (often)

Organize and prioritize the work of a unit.
Understand and apply turf grass, arboriculture, horticultural and sport field maintenance techniques.
Basic level operation of a computer.
Use hand tools and power equipment.
Read and understand underground plans.
Supervise a small staff.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.
Work safely on job sites. 

Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:
High school graduation.
Completion of 2 year Horticultural Diploma or completion of 4-year BC Trades Qualification in landscape horticulture. (4 years)
Pesticide Applicators Licence. (40 hours)
Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s Licence.
2 years of horticultural experience including supervisory experience.
or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Work schedule: Monday – Sunday, 40hrs/week, Current shift is Friday – Tuesday, 7:00am – 3:30pm, 40hrs/week
$39.14 per hour, Pay Grade 12
Job Code #569
This is a CUPE Local 50 Position

To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at www.victoria.ca/jobs – only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume

City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.
We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at HR@victoria.ca


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