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Arborist Apprentice / Groundperson

Position: Arborist Apprentice / Groundsperson
Closing: March 13, 2023

To Apply: Submit your resume and a cover letter to info@vistatree.ca with the subject line “Arborist Apprentice.”

Vista Tree operates throughout the Greater Toronto Area providing tree and shrub maintenance, removal, plant health care, and associated services. Utilizing the latest equipment and arboricultural techniques, we pride ourselves on our safety, professionalism and holistic approach to tree care. As a company, we’re dedicated to ongoing professional development, outstanding customer service and maintaining a safe and friendly working environment. We are ISA and TCIA Certified Arborists, with additional certifications in Pesticide and Plant Health Care, Tree Appraisal, Tree Risk Assessment, Tree Safety and Tree Appraisal. Read about us in the latest issue of Landscape Trades: https://landscapetrades.com/living-wage-employers

Position: Arborist Apprentice

Compensation:

  • $24-$28, for full-time work, commensurate with experience
    • Full time winter hours available, or optional lay-off or hour banking
  • 10 days’ paid sick leave annually
  • 3 weeks’ vacation annually (6% of earnings)
  • Paid statutory holidays
  • Comprehensive Medical and Insurance Benefits
    • Extended Health, Eye and Dental Plan paid for by employer
    • Includes extended coverage for paramedical practitioners (i.e. massage, chiropractor etc.), fertility, gender, and other inclusions
    • Health Care Spending Account for individual or Family
    • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance as well as WSIB
  • All required equipment, uniforms and PPE provided
  • Paid formal training, licensing/certification (I.e. ISA and other professional dues), including provincial ISA conference and international educational opportunities or conferences
  • Mandatory annual inflation-based salary increases
  • Merit based raises, credential raises

 

Duties:

  • Assist climbers and other crew members in tree care and maintenance, on the ground and aloft including running ropes and rigging equipment, debris management and removal, chipping, bucking wood and other tasks as required
  • Assist in conducting site assessments and consultations, identifying and implementing strategies to manage and retain urban trees, tree inventories, writing reports and developing tree protection plans
  • Assist in integrated pest management, non-destructive soil and material testing, installation of erosion controls, and other activities as required
  • Become familiar with and apply relevant environmental protection legislation, local tree ordinances and by-laws
  • Setup and maintain workzone, following all applicable legislation and safe work procedures
  • Operate chainsaws, stump grinders, chippers and other equipment and assist in the care and maintenance of equipment
  • Learn and apply relevant industry standards and legislation with regards to best arboricultural practices, environmental protection and safe work procedures and abide by all company policies
  • Participate in ongoing formal learning opportunities as required, including but not limited to environmental, safety, technical and apprentice training
  • Possess and maintain or be willing to obtain certifications in Emergency First Aid / CPR C and AED, Ontario Chainsaw Operator Training, Working at Heights, Aerial Rescue, Aerial Lift, Crane Operations, Apprenticeship, ISA Qualifications, Environmental Site Assessment, Erosion Control

Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail, sense of urgency and manual dexterity
  • Able to follow directions and adhere to safe work procedures
  • Valid provincial driver’s license with clean drivers abstract, preferred
  • Previous arboriculture experience, an asset
  • Previous environmental protection experience or training, an asset
  • Post-secondary education and/or graduation in a related field, an asset
  • Graduation from of Arborist Groundworker or other Pre-apprentice or Apprentice programs preferred
  • Paid formal training, licensing, apprentice registration and training
  • Mandatory annual inflation-based salary increases
  • Merit based raises, credential raises