Trades Gardener (Open to Current City of Victoria Employees Only)

4 days ago
Competition Number
Number of Positions
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Parks, Recreation and Facilities
Close Date

Job Description

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Competition # 17/182

Internal Job Posting

Closing date: September 22, 2017


Trades Gardener (Continuous)

Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department

The City of Victoria proudly cares for ornamental gardens, natural ecosystems, sport venues and playgrounds for the community's enjoyment. We also work to protect and enhance public green spaces, including more than 70 City parks.   


Coordinate and participate in general horticulture work at a trades level.



Participate in the maintenance of various horticultural areas in the City; assist in laying out areas to be planted; analyse and make recommendations on plant selection and areas to be planted; assist in inspecting planted areas and required maintenance programs such as irrigating and fertilizing; clean and repair greenhouses and cold frames; maintain moisture levels, heat and ventilation as required; prepare, construct and repair hanging baskets, window boxes and displays; assist with the installation and maintenance of automatic watering systems.


Perform general maintenance to assigned park horticultural by planting, irrigating, fertilizing, and pruning; operate various hand tools and power equipment such as such as shovels, line trimmers, roto-tiller, electric shears, riding mowers, chainsaws, tractors, trenchers, and turf-cutters.


Determine materials and equipment as required; operate a variety of vehicles as required; perform equipment maintenance; report repairs required and damage to equipment to supervisor and mechanic shop; maintain fuel and equipment supply for staff at various work sites.


Provide work direction and instruction to other staff as required; complete daily and seasonal work records and equipment slips; respond to enquiries from the public, staff and outside agencies regarding general parks information.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is performed according to seasonal schedule and is reviewed regularly while in progress.

Issues such as plant selection are discussed with supervisor.



Physical Effort:

Lift and move heavy plants and equipment. (often)

Operate manual and power tools and equipment. (frequent)

Mental Effort:


Visual/Auditory Effort:


Work Environment:

Work outside in all weather conditions. (continuous)

Exposure to equipment noise. (occasional)

Work in close proximity to moving traffic. (occasional)

Work in an environment where protective measures must be taken to avoid exposure to chemicals and fertilizers (occasional)



Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply horticultural trades skills.

Use hand tools and power equipment.

Direct of the work of assistants.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.

Work safely on job sites.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

Grade 12.

Completion of 2 year Horticultural Diploma or completion of 4-year BC Trades Qualification in landscape horticulture.

Pesticide Applicator’s Licence. (40 hours)

Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's Licence.


1 year of experience at the trades level.

or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week

$32.29 per hour, Pay Grade 10 (2016 rates)

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


All applications, including qualifications and supporting materials, must be submitted to City of Victoria, Human Resources Department by 4:30 pm, on the closing date noted above.


City of Victoria

Human Resources

Mailing and in person: 627 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Fax:  250-361-0238



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