Competition number 050-2019-EXT-RPC

Equipment Operator II, Arborist



Closing date

Feb. 14, 2019

Competition status

  • Active: Accepting applications until 11:59 pm MST on the closing date.
  • Screening: Applications are under review.
  • Interviewing: Applicants have been selected for interviews.
  • Closed: A candidate has been selected and/or competition has closed.
  • Ongoing: Accepting applications, which will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
  • Cancelled: The competition has been cancelled.



Recreation, Parks and Culture


40 hours per week

Pay range

$64,792 to $ 67,496 per year

Job Description

This posting is for 1 permanent full-time position and 1 hourly position.

Are you a Certified Arborist who enjoys working year round in the field where there is a variety of work, high level of safety and a good work-life balance?

As the Equipment Operator II, you will contribute to the maintenance and improvement of Strathcona County’s Urban Forest and recreational areas by safely operating a variety of self-propelled and small equipment, performing manual labour and training other staff in the safe operation of equipment.


  • Urban forestry maintenance and operations including tree pruning (ground, aerial and climbing), hazardous tree assessment, and response to storm damage
  • Operate self-propelled equipment including a variety of trucks, aerial devices, chippers, stump grinders, trailers, gas powered and electric hand tools and a variety of small equipment such as chainsaws, brush saws, drills in a safe and efficient manner
  • Monitor, maintain and service equipment to ensure it is in proper working order and meets operating and safety standards
  • Use and share knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations and Code, follow safety guidelines, identify potential hazardous situations and adapt appropriately
  • Assist Team Lead position by training other staff members in the proper operation and maintenance of equipment
  • Display accountability when providing direction, training, and overseeing the work of small crews in the completion of assigned tasks, and assist with other related duties

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication, leadership  and interpersonal skills to interact in a positive manner with others
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions, and to maintain concentration and alertness for extended periods of time
  • Ability to adapt to new and changing situations, combined with initiative and responsibility
  • Proficiency in the use of a variety of related equipment and tools


  • Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent and a minimum 3 years’ experience in landscaping, forestry, golf course, playground, agricultural practices or related area
  • Previous experience operating trucks, trailers, ride-on mowers, tractors, skid steers and/or small equipment and engines (e.g. chainsaws, chippers, drills, etc.)
  • Current International Society of Arboriculture Certification
  • The following are considered assets:
    • Certified chainsaw training (Arboriculture Canada/Woodland Trainers Association etc.)
    • Certified Aerial Device training
    • Certified Tree Climbing training
    • Journeyman Landscape Gardeners Certification (completed or in process)
    • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
    • ESRI ArcView product knowledge

Conditions of Employment

  • Valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence with less than seven demerits
  • Air brake endorsement (Q) would be an asset
  • Submission of satisfactory criminal record check
  • Relevant certifications (e.g. WHMIS, First Aid, Pesticide Applicator’s Licence and CPR) upon completion of applicable training
  • Ability and willingness to perform various types of physical labour, including moderate to heavy lifting (up to 23 kilograms), standing, bending, shoveling, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to perform duties in inclement weather and adverse weather conditions

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring a current driver’s abstract to the interview.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.

Competition #050-2019-EXT-RPC closes February 14, 2019

Thank you for your interest in Strathcona County. We only contact candidates selected for interviews.

A cover letter must be submitted along with a resume describing the interest in this position.

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