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Area Forester-Forest Conservation

Board of Health Newmarket York Regional Health Service Department
Department: Environmental Services Department
Branch: Environmental Promotion and Protection Branch
Status: Temporary Full-Time
Length of Assignment: 24 months
Location: Newmarket / Ontario
Date Posted: August 21, 2019
Date Closing: September 02, 2019
Number Of Positions: 1

Progressive. Collaborative. Accountable. Draw on your passion. Shape our community. Progressive and collaborative, with a clear, long-term vision. We value employees’ contributions and inspire excellence. We are driven by a desire to help shape and serve the growing community in which we live and work.


$44.63 to $48.51 per hour

This is an Addition to staff Union position - CUPE Local 905 (York Region Unit)

Scheduled Hours


Scheduled Shifts

0800 - 1600

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Program Manager, Forest Conservation, is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of programs, plans and contracts for the management of York Regional Forests including silvicultural management, capital construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets; identifying, planning and implementing silvicultural activities including planting, tending and harvesting; administrating the Region’s Forest Conservation Bylaw including review of permit applications, conducting site inspections and investigations, monitoring permits, orders and educating landowners and other stakeholders on bylaw requirements and good forestry practices; responding to customer inquiries regarding Forest Conservation programs; undertake assessments and identify strategies to manage forest health issues.

Major Responsibilities

•Assist in the development and implementation of silvicultural and other forest management activities in accordance with approved Regional Forest management plan, including the development of work plans, preparation and administration of contracts, and inspections/audits of forest management activities.
•Assist in the development and implementation of capital and maintenance projects for Regional Forest infrastructure assets, including work plans, preparation and administration of contracts and inspections/audits of construction and maintenance activities.
•Supports development of forest management plans, forest operating plans and property management plans.
•Establishes and maintains forestry files and documentation.
•Updates and maintains green infrastructure inventories, including forest communities, trails and other supporting infrastructure using geographic information system based inventory applications.
•Updates and maintains green infrastructure maintenance records using a computerized maintenance management system.
•Conducts inspections and administers contracts to ensure adherence to contract terms and conditions.
•Conducts site visits, inspections and investigations as it relates to administration of the Region’s Forest Conservation Bylaw.
•Provides technical leadership to internal staff and external contractors.
•Liaises and fosters positive relationships with internal and external contacts, contractors, other professionals, municipal partners and the public.
•Performs other duties as assigned to meet Branch and Department objectives.


•Successful completion of a three year Community College Diploma in Resource Management Technology, Natural Environment Technology or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Eligibility to obtain Registered Professional Forester status within two (2) years of hire, as well as arboriculture certification under the International Society of Arboriculture.
•Solid forestry related experience in the management of public/community forests, administration of tree or forest conservation by-laws and management of forests in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region.
•Experience in forest management and/or a natural resource field including integrated management of both coniferous and deciduous forest types.
•Demonstrated skills to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications.
•Knowledge of applicable Acts, legislation and by-laws including The Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations.
•Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license free of serious offences under the Highway Traffic Act.

How to Apply

Please apply online by September 2, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

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