Tree Preservation Coordinator – City of Victoria (Victoria, BC)

Competition #20/127A
Internal/External Posting
Closing date: January 12, 2021

Tree Preservation Coordinator

(Continuous)
Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department

POSITION FUNCTION
Promote the value of the Urban Forest in our community, enforce the Tree Preservation Bylaw and provide advice on tree management and conservation issues as it relates to the Urban Forest Master Plan.

KEY DUTIES
Assist in the implementation and evaluation of the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan by conducting research, participating in community consultation meetings and assisting in developing policies, action plans and strategies.

Administer the Tree Preservation Bylaw by responding to inquiries, investigating and submitting reports regarding any activity impacting trees on private property. Interpret and explain the Bylaw, make recommendations and investigate infractions. Gather, prepare and submit documentation and evidence to begin prosecution for infractions of the Tree Preservation Bylaw; prepare reports for Crown Counsel regarding illegal tree removals or tree damaging activities and attend court as required. Prepare reports for Council on tree related opportunities and issues.

Review internal capital projects and development and rezoning applications and make recommendations regarding tree or park management, including protection and enhancement of community’s green infrastructure on private and city property. Develop recommendations related to parks assets and infrastructure; coordinate with colleagues in Engineering and Planning to assist in providing recommendations for projects. Prepare and implement park components of construction agreements Review and approve utility and construction permit applications. Maintain records of all developments impacting trees, including updating tree inventory and carry out site inspections to ensure compliance with the Bylaw and regulations. Monitor and report on the Tree Replacement Program on private development sites.

Represent the Parks Division at various internal meetings; respond to enquiries from other departments, architects, engineers, developers and the public, provide information on tree conservation and development issues.

Develop policies and procedures related to the Tree Bylaw and permitting system; review and provide input to community and development plans regarding arboriculture and conservation issues. Promote awareness of conservation and environmental issues to municipal staff and the public by working with volunteers and community groups involved in tree planting and other engagement programs.

Perform tree risk assessments and respond to storm damaged trees for assessment as required. Perform related duties where qualified.

INDEPENDENCE
Work is generated through complaints, development permits and rezoning applications, tree permit applications and request for input from municipal departments regarding park infrastructure planning. Controversial conflicts with developers or homeowners and complex development proposals are referred to Section or Division Manager.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical Effort:

Normal.
Mental Effort:
Deal with conflicts and negative people. (occasional)
Deal with difficult situations and problems that are hard to resolve. (often)
Visual/Auditory Effort:
Focus on plans and drawings for short periods. (occasional).
Work Environment:
Office.
Work on construction sites. (occasional)

KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Organize and prioritize work.
Understand and apply the principles of arboriculture and park development. Intermediate level operation of a personal computer.
Interpret related policies, bylaws and regulations.
Interpret site plans, architectural drawings and other development related documents. Maintain accurate records using database software.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships. Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies. Work safely on work sites.

QUALIFICATIONS
Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

High school graduation.
Diploma in Arboriculture Park Management or related discipline. (2 years) Bylaw Enforcement Level I Certificate. (40 hours)
Course work in land planning, urban design, landscape architecture. (35 hours) Current and valid International Society of Arboriculture certification.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s Licence. Experience:
3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

OTHER:
May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Work schedule: Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm
$40.33 per hour, Pay Grade 13 Job Code # 646
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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