22-5: Assistant, Nursery

Who are we?

Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?

You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?

We offer competitive public sector pay. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

CVC’s Warwick nursery produces about 40,000 container-grown native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers each year.

The Nursery Assistant reports to the Senior Coordinator of Nursery Operations and assists with growing, tending and shipping native plant material for CVC’s various forestry, restoration, and greening programs. This position may occasionally assist with grounds maintenance (e.g., irrigation system and garden bed maintenance) or assist other CVC programs with field work (e.g., tree planting or invasive species removals).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Horticulture, Landscape Technology, Agriculture, Biology, Environmental Studies or Natural Resource Management
  • Experience working outdoors in nursery operations, garden centres, habitat restoration or agriculture
  • Experience with the safe operation of farm and landscape tools and power equipment
  • Physically fit to perform tasks such as bending, lifting (up to 50lbs), kneeling, etc.
  • Able to work outdoors for extended periods in inclement conditions
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license in good standing
  • Pesticide Technician or Exterminator License is considered an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access is considered an asset

Summary of Major Tasks

Assist with the operation and maintenance of the Warwick (Caledon) nursery, including:

  • Potting/transplanting nursery stock
  • Stock maintenance: pruning, weeding, pest management, crop spacing, watering, fertilization, and other plant care practices
  • Assist with monitoring, maintenance, and repair of irrigation systems
  • Seed collection, processing, and storage
  • Winterization of nursery stock
  • Preparation, shipment, delivery, and pick-up of stock orders and supplies
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