Manager of Urban Forestry & Natural Areas

Competition Number: 21232


Job Title: Manager of Urban Forestry & Natural Areas

Department: Parks, Recreation and Community Services - Parks

Position Type: Permanent Full Time Position (Exempt)

Salary: A competitive compensation package is offered

Posted Date: October 12, 2021

Closing Date: November 9, 2021

Last Modified: October 27, 2021, 12:52 pm

Status: Closed


Do you love trees and an urban natural environment? As Vancouver Island’s largest community with significant natural assets and a community passionate about the outdoors, Saanich is seeking an experienced manager to continue to build our Urban Forestry and Natural Areas Programs.

As part of the Parks Division management team, the Manager is responsible for all aspects of Urban Forestry and Natural Areas in the District. The role is responsible for strategic direction setting of these two areas through the Urban Forest Strategy and Natural Areas Plans. This includes the boulevard, park and public tree preservation and management functions, along with planning for and planting new trees on public lands and the planning, management and restoration of natural areas in parks based on sound conservation biology. It involves the direct supervision of the supervisors, and technical staff in the section, as well as indirect supervision for all urban forestry and natural area related staff. There is a close working relationship with the Community Development and Business Systems section, which oversees and adjudicates the Tree Protection Bylaw for the District.

Requirements include a University degree in Urban Forestry, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, Ecological Restoration or other parks related field with Six years of progressive related experience in forest management or natural areas management in an urban, suburban or rural context, including three years’ experience in supervision and project management. The candidate must have considerable knowledge of practices, materials, methods, tools, and equipment relevant to urban forestry and natural areas management and knowledge of urban forest and natural areas bylaws, policies and guidelines. With thorough working knowledge of occupational health and safety standards and practices, preferably in the public sector and professional knowledge and experience in project management, financial management, budget preparations, and accounting processes. The successful candidate must have possession of current I.S.A Certification and I.S.A. Tree Risk Assessor Qualification Certificate. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

*Testing will be conducted

The District of Saanich is implementing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to help keep our employees and community safe. Confirmation of full vaccination effective December 13, 2021 will be required from anyone accepting employment with the District of Saanich.  Accommodations will be made for those individuals who can’t be vaccinated for reasons protected by the BC Human Rights Code.  A request for an accommodation can be made after you have been offered employment.   

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