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 have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.
Summary of Functions
This position is located at CVC’s Warwick Office and Nursery Operations in Caledon, ON and has two major roles: 1) assisting with growing, tending and shipping native plant material for CVC’s various forestry, restoration and greening programs; and 2) assisting with routine and preventative maintenance of the facility and grounds.
CVC’s Warwick nursery produces about 40,000 container-grown native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers each year. Approximately 25 – 30 staff from CVC’s restoration, outreach, forestry and nursery teams work at the Warwick office.
The Building and Nursery Assistant will report to the Senior Coordinator of Nursery Operations (direct supervisor), while getting direction and supervision from the Building Operator (functional supervisor) when dealing with facility-related tasks.
- High school diploma required; post-secondary diploma/degree in horticulture, forestry, agriculture or other nursery-related discipline preferred
- Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision, possessing strong organization and time management skills
- Experience with basic maintenance of landscape equipment (e.g., small engines, mowers, etc.)
- Interested in plant growing techniques and nursery operations
- Ability to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Possess a general knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, heating and electrical systems
- Experience in the safe operation of trucks with trailers, farm tractors, skid steers, RTVs/ATVs, tank sprayers, snowplows/blowers, mowers, and/or other landscape maintenance equipment and power tools
- Physically fit to perform tasks such as bending, lifting (up to 50lbs), kneeling, etc.
- Able to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license in good standing
- Pesticide Technician or Exterminator License is considered an asset
- Working knowledge of nursery operations is an asset
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access is considered an asset
- Completion of courses/training related to trades and maintenance activities is an asset
Summary of Major Tasks
- 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 and supplies
Building and Facility Maintenance
- Perform grounds maintenance for the office building and nursery, including grass cutting, snow removal, interior and exterior window cleaning, garden maintenance, litter pick-up, driveway and yard grading, and other general maintenance activities
- Assist in cleaning and maintenance of office building, including:
- Ensuring that the office, kitchen, lunchroom, and washroom areas are clean and hygiene supplies are stocked
- Disposing of waste, recycling and hazardous materials
- Order building maintenance & office supplies as needed
- Participate in the corporate occupational health and safety program (i.e., check fire extinguishers and first aid kits, participate in JHSC meetings, etc.)
- Identify and quickly respond to and/or repair health & safety hazards
- Assist in minor repair and building maintenance activities, including carpentry, plumbing, and mechanical work
- Identify HVAC, water, electrical and other infrastructure issues and report them to the Building Operator
New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.