Urban Forest Technician

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/16/2021 7:12 PM)
Competition Number
Number of Positions
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Parks, Recreation and Facilities
Close Date

Job Description

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Competition #21/187

Internal/External Posting  

Closing date: November 30, 2021


Urban Forest Technician (2 Continuous)

Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department



Promote the value of the Urban Forest in our community, enforce the Tree Protection Bylaw and provide advice on tree management and conservation issues as they relate to the Urban Forest Master Plan.



Assist in the implementation and evaluation of the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan by conducting research, participating in community consultation meetings and assisting in developing policies, action plans and strategies.


Administer the Tree Protection Bylaw by responding to inquiries and investigating and submitting reports regarding any activity impacting trees on private property. Interpret and explain the Bylaw, make recommendations and investigate infractions.  Independently complete assignments, including reviewing, investigating, and enforcing relevant Bylaws and any infractions; gathering, preparing and submitting documentation and evidence to begin prosecution for infractions of the Tree Protection Bylaw; preparing reports for Crown Counsel regarding illegal tree removals or tree damaging activities;  and attending court as required. 


Review internal capital projects and make recommendations regarding tree protection. Coordinate with colleagues in Engineering, Planning and Parks to assist in providing recommendations for projects, including Parks assets and infrastructure. Review and approve tree permit, utility permit, and building permit applications.  Maintain records of all developments impacting trees, including updating tree inventory and carrying out site inspections to ensure compliance with the Tree Protection Bylaw and related regulations. Monitor and report on the Tree Replacement Program on private development sites. 


Represent the Parks Division at various internal meetings; respond to enquiries from other departments, architects, engineers, developers and the public, provide information on tree protection issues.


Assist with the development of policies and procedures related to the Tree Protection Bylaw and permit system; review and provide input to the community and on development plans regarding tree protection matters. Promote awareness of tree protection to municipal staff and the public by working with volunteers and community groups in stewardship activities related to urban forestry.


Perform tree risk assessments and respond to storm damaged trees for assessment as required.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is generated through complaints, building permits, utility permits, and tree permit applications.

Controversial conflicts with developers or homeowners and complex development proposals are referred to Supervisor.



Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:

Deal with conflicts and negative people. (occasional)

Deal with difficult situations and problems that are hard to resolve. (occasional)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on plans and drawings for short periods. (occasional).

Work Environment:


Work on construction sites. (occasional)



Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the principles of arboriculture

Intermediate level operation of a personal computer. 

Interpret related policies, bylaws and regulations.

Interpret site plans, architectural drawings and other development related documents.

Maintain accurate records using database software.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.

Work safely on work sites.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

High school graduation.

Diploma or certificate in Arboriculture, Park Management or related discipline (1 year)

Bylaw Enforcement Level I Certificate. (40 hours)

Current and valid International Society of Arboriculture certification.

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ).

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



3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hour work week

$37.28 per hour, Pay Grade 11 

Job Code #646

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at www.victoria.ca/jobs - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume


City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at recruitment@victoria.ca


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