Skilled Labourer - Horticulture

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Job Title: 
Skilled Labourer - Horticulture
Job Number:  J0113-0829
Job Code:  09A177
Job Category: 
Horticulture
Department: 
Public Works
Bargaining Unit:  CUPE
Job Type:  Full Time
Employment Type:  Replacement
Number of Positions:  0
Hours of Work:  40 hrs/wk
Salary:  $22.31 - $27.40/Hour
Date Posted:  January 24, 2013
Closing Date:  February 11, 2013

Opening Statement

History and innovation thrive in Kingston, located at the head of the St. Lawrence River and the junction of the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Kingston is a dynamic city with a sound and diversified economic base - consisting of prestigious public institutions, government bodies, leading healthcare and education facilities, significant tourism and entertainment activity, and a large private sector. Kingston offers quality of life of a smaller community with the amenities of a major centre.

Position Summary

Perform all labour requirements in the horticultural team in the Greenhouse operation and upkeep, planting and subsequent aftercare of all Municipal horticultural displays, shrubs, and perennial beds maintenance, Urban Forest maintenance;

Responsible for training employees from other work areas to ensure the work assigned is done properly and efficiently;

Perform varied tasks and duties including labour requirements and operation and maintenance of equipment within the Public Works Department as needed;

Check lubricate, refuel and clean equipment within your care, and report malfunctions to the Assistant Supervisor;

Working safely and efficiently and be responsible for recognizing deficiencies or unsafe situations and condition and reporting same to Assistant Supervisor;

Work in spirit of team participation, while performing all duties of a horticulturalist within Public Works;

Understanding of all Public Works activities ;

Performs aspects of Winter Control Operations pertaining to the Horticulturalist position.

Qualifications, Competencies

Must possess a certificate and/or diploma in horticulture;

Minimum 3 years experience in horticulture and greenhouse operations, and/or possess the equivalent in education and experience in horticulture and greenhouse operations;

Must have a valid ‘G’ drivers license and satisfactory abstract with the ability to obtain and maintain a ‘DZ’ drivers license;

Basic quailty calculations testing will be done at time of interview;

Must have good and reasonable working knowledge of Public Works activities including equipment operations, related tasks and duties as well as Winter Control operations related to horticulture;

Must meet the requirements of “Competent Person” as defined in the Occupational Health & Safety Act;

Must demonstrate the corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Oriented, Integrity and Teamwork.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Must be in good physical condition to perform major strength and mobility demands of the position;

Ability to work outside in inclement weather conditions and perform all duties in a safe and efficient manner;

Ability to interact with the public in a polite manner;

Thorough knowledge and the ability to operate equipment and machinery in a safe and efficient manner;

Must be willing to work all and/or any shifts required;

Must be able to work in a team setting, yet independently without direct supervision;

Demonstrated ability to perform under stressful conditions;

Must be able to obtain and maintain a satisfactory CPIC (Criminal Police Check) at your own expense.

Closing Statement

Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), including (but not limited to) the applicant’s name, contact information, resume and other documents submitted, etc., is collected and will be used in accordance with MFIPPA and all other relevant privacy legislation. The personal information submitted by applicants is collected through a website hosted by Njoyn on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Kingston (the “City”) and will be used by City staff to maintain a inventory of potential candidates and for use in considering applicants for an identified employment opportunity. Questions regarding the collection, used, disclosure, and disposal of the personal information collected shall be directed to: candidate.njoynhelp@cgi.com

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