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The Corporation of the Municipality of Clarington
Operations Department
Requires an Arborist (Union Position)

The Municipality of Clarington is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, within our recruitment process. If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process or in performing your position, should you be selected, please contact the Human Resources Division at

The Arborist will report to the Supervisor (Parks) and be responsible for maintaining all municipally-owned trees located on/in boulevards, parks, facilities and woodlots. This includes identification of species, pest/pathogens, pruning/removing trees, soil conditions, stump removal, plant healthcare, application of mulch, water and fertilizer and troubleshooting potential problems. Other technical and labouring duties may be assigned that relate to the support and maintenance of sports fields, cemeteries and special events. The Arborist provides winter control activities as required.


  • Assist the Parks Lead Hand/Arborist with the inspection of trees and determine necessary maintenance requirements. 
  • Ability to perform the manual tasks of the position including climbing and working at heights.
  • Assist with the evaluation of outside contractors to ensure that specifications, standards and expected levels of quality meet with Municipal requirements.
  • Provide direction and leadership to seasonal workers in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, municipal policies and procedures. 
  • Deliver exceptional customer service and maintain a high level of communication when dealing with members of the public.
  • Provide winter control activities, typically between December 1 and March 31.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Community College diploma in arboriculture or a related field combined with a minimum of two years of experience in progressively more responsible roles or an equivalent background of training, experience and the necessary skills and abilities to the satisfaction of the Director of Operations.
  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Completion of training and proficient experience in the operation of chainsaws, chipper, stumper, climbing, aerial device and rescue, traffic control and working at heights.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other applicable legislation, regulations and guidelines, such as the Highway Traffic Act, Conservation Authorities Act, and Weed Control Act.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate in a clear, concise and courteous manner.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software applications that include Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated experience in the operation of a combination snowplow unit.
  • Valid Class DZ Ontario Drivers Licence with a clean driver’s abstract.
  • Current First Aid and WHMIS certificates.
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada.

Applicants selected to participate in testing must bring the following mandatory items at the time of testing:

  1. Proof of Current Automobile Insurance Coverage and current Driver’s Abstract
  2.  Valid Ontario Driver’s License

The successful candidate must provide, at their own expense, a satisfactory current (within 180 days) criminal reference check, from a Canadian Police Information Centre, before commencing employment.  Applicants who have been employed with the Municipality within the last year and have provided a CPIC within the last 365 days are exempt.

In determining the successful candidate, the interview will include written, oral, skills and driver tests.  The passing score will be considered to be 60 per cent on each test. Oral interviews will only be granted to applicants who meet the minimum score requirement on each of the written, skills and driver tests. Consideration will be given to the highest score, in selecting the successful applicant.  

Note:  Operations Employees are subject to standby, on call duty and may be required to work out of any Operations locations depending on work schedules and workforce requirements.  Operations employees must be willing to accept temporary assignments for maintenance operations, parks and cemeteries and available for weekend scheduling in accordance with Collective Agreement. 

The successful candidate will be expected to respond to after-hours calls, especially during the winter season program.

Salary:  Code 5 of the 2020 Outside Collective Agreement - $27.73 - $34.33 per hour, subject to Pay Equity Review.

Applications will be received in confidence until 4 p.m. on July 9, 2020.

Please quote:  File #45-20

Human Resources Division
Municipality of Clarington
40 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, ON  L1C 3A6

Emails may be forwarded to; applications will not be retrieved from other sources (file sharing sites – One Drive).

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001, c.25) to determine employment eligibility with the Municipality of Clarington. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Corporate Services, 40 Temperance St., Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A6
905- 623-3379.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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