Regional Municipality of Peel

Specialist, Urban Forester

Posted Date 5 days ago(3/14/2018 9:56 AM)
System ID
# Positions
Position Type and Status
Contract Full-time
Job Industry
Environmental, Government and Public Sector, Transportation and Couriers
Career Level
Post End Date
3/21/2018 11:59 PM
CAD $77,518.00/Yr.
CAD $96,897.00/Yr.

About Us

The Region of Peel serves a vibrant and culturally diverse community of more than 1.4 million residents and 88,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.  Committed to service excellence, transparency in decision-making and responsible tax management, the Region delivers a wide range of municipal services that are customer-focused and cost-effective.


The Region of Peel has recently completed a Strategic Planning process that engaged our residents and stakeholders to answer one question: “What can you imagine for the future of Peel?” All the feedback received formed the path forward and the strategic direction for the Region over the next 20 years.



To learn more about the Region of Peel please visit our website or watch the Faces of Peel video to see how our employees impact the residents of Peel.


Job Description

Specialist Urban Forester

Public Works – Roads Operations and Maintenance

Contract, Full-Time, 24 Months


The Role…..

Reporting to the Supervisor, Roads Operations and Maintenance this position is responsible for the development and implementation of programs related to the inventory, protection, conservation, management and replacement of the Region's 17,000 urban street tree assets and related landscaping found within the boulevards of its arterial roads.  The position will provide contract administration for the Region's capital tree installation/replacement program and maintenance contracts; manage the maintenance of the urban forest including updating the inventory; and provide technical advice and support on the natural environment to various departments.  Tree replacement programs will be coordinated with local municipalities and conservation authorities.



  • Contract Administration and Roads Capital Contracts
  • Develops and administers various tree installation/replacement and maintenance contracts
  • Schedules contractors for tree removals, stump grinding and the replacement of tree assets along with other maintenance activities
  • Provides pre-planting inspection of the site to identify constraints, impacts or conflicts (e.g. utilities, sidewalks, noise walls, signs) and protection solutions for existing trees ahead of construction activities
  • Develops planting plans for replacement trees based on the identified constraints, impacts and conflicts
  • Provides detailed review of engineering drawings, confirms all plant material adheres to contract specifications and that material is planted as per Regional specifications
  • Required to problem solve on site using professional judgement and approve changes to landscape design plans/substitutions
  • Ensures compliance with the terms of the contracts.  Coordinates with purchasing and provides vendor performance reports as necessary
  • Ensures deficiencies are addressed and rectified during the warranty period after planting
  • Tracks, verifies and approves invoices and release of holdback funds for capital landscape planting projects
  • Ensures tree watering systems are removed at the end of the warranty period and that trees are healthy
  • Creates or updates contract specifications/scope of work for tree replacements in advance of the next contract term
  • Participates as a team member on roads capital projects and provides comments


Urban Forestry Management

  • Creates a 5-year plan for management of the health of the Region's trees and shrubs applying urban forest management best practices
  • Prepares and directs a program of inspection, trimming, block pruning, mulching of tree and shrub beds and emergency response
  • Identifies and diagnoses tree disease and insect damage and specifies a course of action
  • Works with internal departments to develop a process to collect data to update the Region's tree and shrub inventory
  • Conducts the update of the inventory and performs a Level 1 and Level 2 Risk Assessment as part of the inventory process
  • Arranges for the mapping of the tree locations in ArcGIS with the help of the Region's  technology department
  • Uses the inventory to generate maintenance schedules, manage contractors, develop a work flow process that collaborates with other internal departments
  • Prepares a budget and business case for implementation of the activities
  • Monitors maintenance practices performed by contractors 
  • Coordination of Projects with Local Municipalities and Conservation Authorities (CAs)
  • Meets with local municipalities and CA partners on a regular basis to address Regional goals for tree replacements that work with both the vision of the local municipalities and meet the direction of the CAs and Region specifications
  • Collaborates with local municipalities on planting plans including design of shrub beds under trees to improve permaculture



  • Member in good standing as a Registered Professional Forester in the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA). ISA Certified Arborist with experience in the industry of urban forest management. Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications under the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) preferred
  • Graduate from an approved diploma program in Arboriculture, Horticulture or Natural Resources Management; or a BSc. in Forestry, Environmental Sciences or Ecosystem Science and Management or equivalent experience horticulture/forestry experience.  Membership in the Canadian Institute of Forestry, International Society of Arboriculture or similar organization preferred
  • Knowledge of urban forest principles and concepts related to transportation planning, design, construction and maintenance including hazard tree assessment and understanding of tree health and survival in a rural and urban context
  • Knowledge of tree biology and physiology, including strong tree identification skills
  • Knowledge of applicable Acts, legislation and by-laws including The Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations
  • Ability to read and interpret landscape drawings to ensure application of horticultural and forestry elements
  • Computer literacy in a Windows environment utilizing Microsoft programs such as word processing, spread sheet and database applications
  • Interpersonal skills to present, communicate and inform diverse audiences
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively within a team environment
  • A valid "G" driver's license in good standing


Location: 2 Copper Road, Brampton, ON

Hours of Work: Contract, Full-Time, 24 Months, working 35 hours a week


If this opportunity matches your qualifications and experience, please apply online

Additional Information

At the Region of Peel, we respect diversity and treat one another in ways that are fair, courteous and compassionate, recognizing everyone’s contributions. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. The Region of Peel is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


Please be advised, the Region of Peel uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.


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