New Job Horticulture Assistant In Ontario

Horticulture Assistant
Horticulture Assistant

Horticulture Assistant

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $53,643–$64,230 a year
Location : Ontario

Full Description

Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Job Number: CC-23-04
Job Type: Casual Full-time, Up to 8 months, Union
Position Closing Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Choose Barrie
The City of Barrie is a vibrant, progressive, and growing community with deep connections to our heritage, to nature and to the opportunities surrounding us.
Our community values quality of life; the ability to play year-round with 300 hectares of park space, our beautiful waterfront, our lively downtown core and the nearby hills, wetlands, and forests. We also value connections; to our neighbours and the community, to our road and rail network, and to the opportunity Barrie provides to enjoy life.
Everything Barrie has to offer, from the water we drink to the roads we travel on, has one thing in common - municipal workers. Joining a municipality is one of the most rewarding, engaging, and exciting careers you could choose. It is a career you can take pride in knowing that every day you make a positive impact on an entire community. We are one team, with one goal and we all work together to continue making our community great.

The Oppo rtunity
The Parks and Forestry Branch is part of the City of Barrie’s Operations Department. The Branch is responsible for the management, maintenance, and ongoing care of over 3,100 acres of waterfront, parkland and open space including 127 parks and 145 kilometers of trails. Services include horticulture displays and maintenance, turf management, shoreline maintenance, maintenance of parks amenities such as playgrounds, play courts, picnic shelters, and spray pads, waste collection, landscape construction, City's outdoor rink program, greenhouse operations, trails maintenance, and winter snow removal operations.
Under the general guidance and direction of the Horticulture Foreperson, the Horticulture Assistant is responsible for performing daily horticultural operational, maintenance, inspection, and repair activities for the horticultural displays and adjacent grounds, Arboretum, and green spaces located within the City's parks, waterfront, and open spaces. Additionally, this position assists in performing greenhouse horticultural activities, including the propagation of plants. Lastly, this position provides operational support to various community/recreational activities or special events. Overall, this position plays an integral role in performing horticultural activities to support the maintenance and upkeep of the Arboretum, green spaces, and horticultural displays and adjacent grounds located within the City's parks, waterfront, and open spaces to provide an environment that is safe, clean, attractive and suitable for the residents and visitors of the City of Barrie.
Our Culture and Qualifications of the Job
Corporate Culture
  • Your workplace values align with our corporate values of Strive, Share and Care and you want to join us in providing exceptional services and programs to build a prosperous, growing and sustainable community
Education (degree/diploma/certifications)
  • Secondary School Diploma
  • One (1) year of experience performing duties related to the above mentioned major responsibilities
  • Demonstrated professional experience installing and maintaining annual spring, summer, and fall plant displays
  • Demonstrated experience monitoring plants, soil conditions, and infestations to determine water and fertilizer needs
  • Demonstrated experience performing greenhouse horticultural practices, including the propagation of plant material
  • General knowledge of the following legislation, regulations, or requirements: Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act; Ontario Electrical Safety Code
  • Working knowledge of the following legislation, regulations, or requirements: Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR); Ontario Traffic Manual – Book 7 – Temporary Conditions
  • General knowledge of greenhouse operations including propagation and growing techniques
  • Working knowledge of horticulture techniques and irrigation operating systems
  • Demonstrated Ability to:
    • exert effort to lift, push, pull, or carry objects for short and long periods of time
    • generate ideas, conclusions, or solutions utilizing prescribed resources
    • interact effectively and courteously with all levels of staff and contacts
    • maintain a high standard of public relations at all times
    • perform in a manner which is consistent with corporate goals, vision, mission, and values
    • run, operate, maneuver, navigate, or drive vehicles or mechanized equipment
    • work collaboratively in a group setting to achieve desired objectives, goals, and/or outcomes
    • work independently with minimum supervision
  • Basic skills include: Interpersonal; Organizational; Problem Solving; Teamwork; Time Management; Verbal Communication
  • Basic computer literacy using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, and Word)
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, or holidays
Conditions of Employment
  • Valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s Licence in good standing
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check*
  • Please note that this is a requirement of the position for any new employees to the City of Barrie in accordance with the Police Record Check Procedure. Existing employees will be grandparented from this requirement.

Other Important Information
Location: Operations Center, 165 Ferndale Drive North, Barrie, Ontario
Hours: The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week in accordance with the Collective Agreement.
Wage: This position is within the CUPE Local 2380 Bargaining Unit with the following pay level and 2023 pay range:
  • Pay Level: Level 3
  • Yearly Salary: $53,643.20 to $64,230.40 per year
  • Hourly Pay Rate: $25.79 to $30.88 per hour
Don’t meet the credentials as outlined but have years of directly related experience? Please see the City’s Education Equivalency Procedure to determine if you may qualify for equivalency. Further information is available at
  • Position Equivalency Code: A
Please note that verification of educational credentials will be required from the preferred candidate prior to an employment offer.
The City of Barrie is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices and we will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise if you require Code-protected accommodation and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Disclaimer: The job posting has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of employees to do this job. For full position details, please request a copy of the Job Description by emailing [email protected] .
We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.