Supervisor, Botanical Gardens

Job Number: M321

Permanent   |  Niagara Falls, Ontario   |  Posted on Apr 05, 2018


  • Horticulture diploma or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of horticultural practices and procedures and extensive knowledge in grounds maintenance.
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License.
  • Valid Class DZ Driver’s License an asset.
  • Landscape Exterminator Pesticides Licence.
  • Working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations.
  • Minimum three years supervisory experience in horticultural maintenance including large equipment (trucks, tractors, loaders etc.).
  • Additional experience should include scheduling, planning and budgeting. Interpersonal and communication skills and ability to deal with the public with tact and courtesy.
  • Ability to work from plans and blueprints.
  • This position requires work in inclement weather.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provides Manager with schedules, inspections, maintenance logs and other administrative reports.
  • Controls expenses and purchases within approved limits, prepares capital equipment lists for Manager’s approval.
  • Assists the Manager with estimates and prepares cost reports for materials and labour within approved budget and standards.
  • Researches and gathers information for reports and investigations, as requested.
  • Participates in tender and procurement process for capital equipment and services
  • Maintains, reviews and controls: daily records, schedules and generates reports/memos that captures departmental labour hours/costs (Payroll and Human Resources documents), schedules staff, authorizes overtime, accident reports, inventories of supplies and equipment etc.
  • Provides performance measurements as per Parks Maintenance Standards.
  • Monitors staff to ensure performance measurements are established, recorded, and maintained including all Parks operations.
  • Plans and organizes work to establish priorities, timing and cost control to determine needs for completion of projects with minimum public/facility disruption.
  • Liaisons with School of Horticulture leadership team to determine appropriate allocation of resources throughout Botanical Gardens grounds.
  • Assists School of Horticulture leadership team in monitoring, directing and evaluating student practical work.
  • Provides the Manager with plans including tree requirements, annual bedding, perennials, fall bulbs, flower beds, turf grass, landscaping and planting requirements.
  • Monitors to ensure proper snow and ice removal is achieved at Botanical Gardens and other areas of the NPC as necessary during winter months
  • Represents NPC providing records and documentation during public litigation cases as required.
  • Solicits staff participation to improve methods, practices or suitability of equipment or efficiency.
  • Communicates Horticulture operational problems to Manager as necessary.
  • Provides follow - up on customer complaints/concerns and takes required action; as well as liaisons with public regarding horticulture and general Commission information.
  • Ensures that park maintenance equipment/vehicles are serviced and are in safe operating condition.
  • Monitors and maintains building security and communicates any concerns to the Parks Police.
  • Provides supervision and direction for Botanical Gardens Operations staff and ensures goals and objectives are met including quality, service and productivity standards.
  • Ensures high level of staff performance through participation of the hiring process, staff development, training, motivation, performance management, discipline of bargaining unit staff and dispute resolution.
  • Ensures that workers under their control work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, policies/procedures and are provided with the required training.
  • Fills in for other supervisors and staff; attends management meetings as required.
  • Coordinates the set-up for special events in the Botanical Gardens, including planning of staff and equipment.
  • Assigns and follows up on various projects with staff/contractors to inspect progress and completion of work and provides technical guidance, advice and assistance to the staff.
  • Works in cooperation with other areas of the Parks Department and other departments of Niagara Parks to achieve departmental and NPC goals.

Niagara Parks offers an annual salary of $63,150 to $75,470 as well as a comprehensive benefit and pension plan.

A successful Police Information Check is required for the selected candidate.

Applications for this position will be accepted until April 23, 2018

Visit NIAGARAPARKS.COM/CAREERS to create a profile and submit your resume.

We are an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), Niagara Parks will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. To request an alternate format, please contact Niagara Parks at 905.295.4396 x3255 or by email to


Job summary


Niagara Parks Commission

Job Type



Niagara Falls, Ontario

Start Date

May 20, 2018