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Arboriculture Development Technician

Location: Vancouver, BC

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Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the x.m..k..y. y. .m (Musqueam), S.wx_ x_ wú7mesh(Squamish), and s.lilw.ta. (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City ofReconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towardsbeing the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, andCanada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function
The Arboriculture Development Specialist performs specialized technical work of an arboricultural nature involvingresponsibility for reviewing proposed development and building plans and arborist reports submitted for Development and Building permit enquiry and applications, working collaboratively with other departments on sitecoordination, providing guidance to the public and applicants. Considerable independent judgement and action isexercised in the technical aspects of the work, while unusual or controversial matters are discussed with a superior.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Performs development related work including enquiry, screening and processing tree permit applicationsand works collaboratively with Project Coordinators during the review of Development and Building permitenquiry and applications. Reviews are performed to ensure projects meet provisions of the Protection of Trees Bylaw and address goals of the Urban Forest Strategy.
  • Reviews plans of existing trees and proposed replacement trees at the time of enquiry of development andbuilding permit application, including specifications for tree planting, tree retention and tree protection priorto construction
  • Discusses non-compliance items with applicants and authorizes minor changes to approved plans.
  • Performs collaborative inter-departmental problem solving with Park Board and Engineering to ensurecoordinated site plans regarding tree retention and protection, utility placement and site access.
  • Liaises with and provides general Arboricultural advice to customers and internal contacts
  • Interprets and explains applicable by-laws and regulations to the public and applicants.
  • Performs research tasks as required.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualification Requirements
Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Landscape Horticulture, Forestry, Arboriculture or a related field from an accredited post-secondary institution along with some related experience in arboriculture-related work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of tree biology, insects and diseases, and arboricultural practices and constructionmethods.
  • Considerable knowledge of Protection of Trees Bylaw and regulations and of the departmental rules,regulations, policies and procedures governing the work; knowledge of Urban Forest Strategy andarboriculture practices and principles;
  • Working knowledge of current development practices and arboriculture principles.
  • Ability to read and interpret landscape plans and specifications; to advise appropriateness of plans andsuggest plan modifications for improvement
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and externalcontacts
  • Ability to interpret and explain applicable by-laws, regulations and related requirements to same; ability toperform a variety of inspectional, investigational and evidentiary duties related to the work.
  • Ability to perform various research tasks and to prepare, establish and maintain a variety of records, files,correspondence and reports related to the work
  • Ability to meet transportation requirements

The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy. All external applicants applying to the Cityof Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition ofongoing employment. Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approvedfor an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such arequest must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.

Business Unit/Department: Development, Buildings & Licensing (1250)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: July, 2022
Position End Date: December, 2023
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-023: $37.12 to $43.82 per hour
Application Close: June 26, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we soproudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities areencouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn moreabout our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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453 W 12th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1V4


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