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We are hiring a Community Arborist – full time, 3 month contract position
We are currently seeking a Community Arborist to manage a program to support tree planting on private property in Oakville.
Overview of Position
The position will lead the implementation of Oakvillegreen’s Backyard Tree Planting programs and support our ongoing community outreach activities. The list below outlines the major tasks related to the position; however additional tasks may be assigned as needed.
Backyard Tree Planting Program Coordination (70%)
- Develop, manage and, implement Backyard Tree Planting Program in Oakville, in collaboration with staff from the Toronto-based NGO, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)
- Participate in capacity-sharing training and job-shadowing opportunities with LEAF staff in Toronto as needed
- Coordinate implementation of a residential planting program in Oakville:
- Develop marketing strategy and promote the program through presentations, outreach events, articles, website updates, blogs, social media and other outlets
- Conduct site consultations with individual property owners
- Carry out seasonal tree planting
- Strictly follow safety and quality guidelines for all plantings
- Drive cube truck following safety guidelines
- Ensure completeness and accuracy of all information
- Deliver educational messages and materials in person and through phone/email contact with participants
- Keep accurate program records, including evaluation
- Represent Oakvillegreen in a professional manner
- Carry out various administrative duties including database entry, queries and reporting, client communications, consultation bookings, financial record-keeping
- Assess program outcomes, prepare evaluation reports and share program learning
- Contribute to efforts to advance program sustainability via sponsorship, fundraising, in-kind support.
Education and Outreach Operations (30%)
- Assist in planning and promotion of planting, stewardship and education events to engage the public, including tree tours, tree inventory workshops, tree care sessions, and school tree planting workshops.
- Promote OCA programs at public events
- Graduate from a university or college program in urban forestry, environmental studies, ecology or related field
- ISA Certified Arborist or currently meet criteria to write ISA Arborist certification exam
- Skills and experience in the fields of arboriculture and/or urban forestry
- Project coordination experience working in the non-profit sector with experience in executing project plans, adhering to project budgets, and meeting project deadlines
- Community knowledge and experience in Oakville is considered an asset
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service
- Attention to detail and superior organization skills
- Creative problem solving skills
- Experience in developing and organizing public outreach/education events
- Proven ability to work independently while contributing to a team environment
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access), with ArcGIS an asset
- Must be able to handle physical demands of heavy lifting and outdoor work in inclement weather
- Must have weather-appropriate work clothing and steel-toed boots
- Full “G” driver’s license and clean driving record required
- Experience driving a cube truck an asset
- Emergency First Aid + CPR and AED Certification an asset
This is a full time (35-40 hours per week), 3-month contract position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Anticipated contract start date is September 4, 2018.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to: Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director, ed[at]oakvillegreen.org.
Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, with interviews conducted between August 27th and 31st. No phone calls please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Want to add easy-to-grow native plants that benefit local birds, bees, butterflies and other biodiversity to your garden?
Here’s the first of our Halton Pollinator Plant Profile series:
Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias incarnata
A Halton Pollinator Plant Profile
Swamp milkweed is a clump-forming perennial in the milkweed family.
Part to full sun
Tolerates a variety of soils, including clay
Moderate to wet
Flowers: Large clusters of small, light pink to magenta flowers bloom in June-July
Fruit: Pods turn brown and split open when ripe (autumn), revealing brown seeds that are attached to white ‘fluff’ which allows them be dispersed by the wind
Leaves: Opposite, lance-shaped leaves with smooth margins
Value to Pollinators: Larval host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Provides nectar for bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
By consuming milkweed, monarch caterpillars incorporate its toxins into their bodies, making them poisonous to birds.
Swamp milkweed is very tall – plant it against a fence, at the back of a perennial bed, or among other tall flowering plants or native grasses for support!
For Immediate Release: Cap-and-trade withdrawal threatens to derail municipal climate progress across Ontario
July 10, 2018
(Hamilton, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor) – The Urban Climate Alliance – a coalition of five city-level Ontario environmental organizations – has researched the potential impact of provincial withdrawal from cap-and-trade and found that cities are facing a massive funding gap. Hundreds of millions of dollars of cap-and-trade revenues have already been directed to projects in Hamilton, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor that will help fight climate change, with even more money anticipated for planned projects. The province’s withdrawal from the cap-and-trade program, with no clear alternative funding stream identified, threatens to derail municipal climate progress across Ontario.
The province’s cap-and-trade withdrawal leaves Ontario cities in a difficult position. With such a large funding gap, cities will struggle to continue ambitious climate program commitments using their limited tax base. “Money from the cap-and-trade program was helping Ontario cities fight climate change, but it was also making them more livable and dynamic,” said Robb Barnes, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. “One of the biggest benefits from provincial investments in cities has been money for social housing repairs” said Dusha Sritharan, Climate Change Campaigner at Toronto Environmental Alliance.
The Urban Climate Alliance researched where funding from carbon pricing has gone so far in Hamilton, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor. Already, money has been directed to a wide range of climate programs, including:
- The development of community energy plans;
- Upgrading energy efficiency in municipal buildings;
- Retrofitting social housing to modernize the building stock while reducing greenhouse gas pollution;
- Purchasing electric buses and low-emissions vehicles;
- Building more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly streets; and
- Scaling up the use of renewable energy.
“In Oakville, cap-and-trade money is already helping the Town of Oakville develop a community-wide energy plan, and build over $600,000 in cycling infrastructure. Oakville had applied for $8.1 million in cap-and-trade program revenues to support the purchase of battery electric buses for Oakville Transit, which would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and had the added benefits of reducing noise pollution and increasing ridership” said Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director of Oakvillegreen. “We are extremely concerned that a critical source of funding for municipal climate change action has been lost!”
For further information, please contact:
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association
The Urban Climate Alliance is a collective of urban-based environmental groups made up of Ecology Ottawa, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Environment Hamilton, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and Citizens Environment Alliance (Windsor).