Welcome To RAINscapeTO - Applying For The Eco-Landscaping Co-Lead Position

Job Title: Eco-Landscaping Co-Lead
Organization: RAINscapeTO
Job Location: City of Toronto, Ontario

Duration: 6.5 Months (April - November 2022)
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week
Range of Pay: $25 - $35/ hour

Apply by: April 17, 2022

 

Are you looking for meaningful landscaping work that pays well and brings you closer to nature within the city? Would you like to work with like-minded individuals? If yes, then we want to hear from you!

At RAINscapeTO you will help co-lead an eco-landscaping team that designs, implements, and maintains beautiful earth-friendly gardens. Every day, you will be helping to build a sustainable and healthy urban landscape through the installation of sustainable native gardens such as bioswales and pollinator, edible and rain gardens. For more information visit: rainscapeto.ca

You will be part of a growing social enterprise that provides meaningful, culturally sensitive employment and training for emerging urban placed Indigenous people. We aim to continue to support the intrinsic connection we have as Indigenous peoples to the land. Caring for the urbanized environment within Toronto while sharing and nurturing our rich ecological knowledge is imperative for us.

As an Eco-Landscaping Co-Lead, you’ll have the support of leading the Indigenous Eco-Landscaping Crew with another Co-Lead. You’ll have opportunities to share what you know with your team members and learn from local Indigenous community leaders and experts. We’ll even help you build a career pathway that’s right for you!

Our ideal candidate has strong horticultural skills, has leadership and interpersonal skills to deliver excellent customer service and oversee their crew, and has experience in the design and construction of landscaping solutions.

Given that the incumbent of this position will oversee a team of Indigenous trainees, we enthusiastically encourage qualified Indigenous candidates to apply. We also encourage applications from BIPOC individuals.

JOB PURPOSE

The Eco-landscaping Co-Leads are the bridge between a team of Eco-landscapers and RAINscapeTO’s Management. As the team supervisors, the Co-Leads act as the main resource for all the eco-landscapers with regard to on-site communication, direction, and conflict resolution. In the absence of the Manager and Coordinator, the Eco-landscaping Co-Leads also liaise with clients and partners, although some decisions will need to be approved by the Manager.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the team of eco-landscapers alongside your Co-lead in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential and community eco-landscaping projects, including the following tasks:

    • Ensure Health and Safety Policies, code of conduct, and regulations are followed;
    • Properly maintain tools and equipment on a frequent basis;
    • Coordinate and schedule eco-landscaper shifts, including transportation of staff from office to project site;
    • Train and monitor eco-landscapers in landscaping techniques and materials, and delegate tasks to them;
    • Keep track of employee timesheets, project expenses, and supply needs;
    • Collect statistical & anecdotal data to assess project successes and barriers;
    • Monitor staff behaviours and report to the Manager on issues and opportunities for improvement
  • Support the Manager and Coordinator in scheduling work, pricing and staffing;
  • Support the Manager and Coordinator in the coordination of site work with partners and outside service providers as needed;
  • Meet weekly with the Manager and Coordinator to discuss progress and debrief on project operations;
  • Meet weekly with the eco-landscaping team to discuss and fill out progress reports and additional paperwork;
  • Support the Manager and Coordinator in planning and delivering a Professional Development Plan for eco-landscapers, including training and workshops;
  • Support the Manager and Coordinator in business development activities such as attendance at community events, and delivery of workshops and talks.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Minimum 3 years experience in Horticulture/Landscaping
  • Strong eco-landscaping working knowledge, including garden design and implementation, plant ID, plant maintenance, growth cycles, deadheading, invasive species removal, shrub maintenance, and soil amendment
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and in physically demanding tasks
  • Full ‘G’ Drivers license.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work in varying weather conditions and spend extended periods outdoors
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Handling of heavy loads
  • Physically demanding – bending, crouching, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, digging, shoveling, raking

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Send your cover letter and resume to Mary Jenkins, Project Coordinator via email mary@torontogreen.ca with “Eco-Landscaping Co-lead” in your email’s subject line.

Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations in the application process. Questions and requests can be directed to Mary via email: mary@torontogreen.ca or phone: 647-657-2810.

Deadline for submissions: April 17, 2022 at 11:59PM

RAINscapeTO is a social enterprise being incubated by the Toronto Green Community.

Toronto Green Community is a charitable organization committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and be equitable by building these objectives and practices into our teams, programs and services.

Thank you - miigwetch, tiawenhk, nia:wen, kinanaskomitin, maarsii!

 

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