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Job Number: 19-R-8980

Permanent   |  Guelph, Ontario   |  Posted on Apr 18, 2019 ← Back

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto. Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life - all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Applications are being accepted for the position of Gardener within the Parks and Recreation Department. Reporting to the Supervisor, Parks Infrastructure and Horticulture, the successful candidate will perform functions in accordance with established standard operating procedures, departmental and corporate policies, sound horticultural & construction principles and practices, and applicable codes, with a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes.

Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Corporate Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.


  • Perform horticultural duties, including but not limited to designing, planting and maintaining annual, perennial and shrub and tree beds to current industry standards, to enhance the horticultural environment of the City of Guelph.
  • Perform watering duties including but not limited to downtown planters and hanging baskets.
  • Propagate, grow and maintain various horticultural crops by various cultivation techniques.
  • Prepare various growing media prior to transplanting; gather, clean and store stock plants.
  • Assist with greenhouse management by monitoring and determining the correct temperature, humidity, ventilation control; and, pathological control of significant pests, using an Integrated Pest Management approach, inside and outside.
  • Maintain turf in selected locations.
  • Prepare all planting beds for summer including amending soil and planting annuals and perennials.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of, and utilize all job related tools and equipment including, but not limited to, line trimmers, rototillers, brush chippers, agricultural tractors, chain saws, rotary mowers, post pounders, leaf blowers, sod cutters, rakes, shovels etc., in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Carry out all necessary maintenance and adjustments while keeping the equipment in a safe, clean and tidy condition, and perform daily circle checks and report defects and, if necessary, undertake small repairs in a prescribed manner.
  • Lead work and provide guidance of seasonal staff, including the safe and efficient use, care and maintenance of tools and equipment, and horticultural practices.
  • Comply with requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, The Highway Traffic Act, all Federal, Provincial and City regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Remove and/or flag obstacles hazardous to employees or the public or that interfere with the safe operation of vehicles or equipment, and duly note and report such conditions to a Lead hand or Supervisor.
  • Complete daily activity time sheets; Report on variances in daily work plans.
  • Immediately report vandalism, mechanical difficulties and damage.
  • Assist with winter maintenance (snow clearing) program.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.                                


  • Experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a Grade 12 diploma plus 2-year post-secondary certificate or diploma in Horticulture or closely related field of study and 1 - 2 years of relevant gardening experience in a municipal or commercial environment. Candidates with equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Must possess a Class D-Z licence with a good driving record.
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge and understanding of garden design, plants, soils, tools, equipment and procedures relevant to gardening/horticultural activities.
  • Thorough knowledge in currently accepted industry practices for plant health care including propagation techniques, greenhouse environmental controls, insect and disease identification, invasive exotics, and Integrated Pest Management controls.
  • Certifications in Forklift, Chainsaw, 0-8 tons’ crane operations, and confined space entry would be an asset.
  • Must possess a valid Ministry of Environment Land Class licences for Landscape to perform land extermination.
  • Must possess a Structural Class licence for the greenhouse rodent control or be able to obtain within 6 months of date of hire.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written, customer service and problem solving skills.
  • Proficient time management and record keeping skills and flexibility in adjusting between a variety of duties.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Must be a reliable self-starter and undertake all aspects of the job thoroughly and willingly.
  • Must possess an understanding of the MTO’s OTM Book 7 for Temporary Conditions, and proven knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other applicable legislation.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Word and Excel.
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical activities including lifting, digging, shoveling, raking and climbing ladders and be able to actively participate in daily activities, working within live traffic conditions and adverse weather conditions.



$29.71 per hour  

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Wednesday May 1, 2019. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.


Please visit the job posting listed on our careers page and click on the “Apply for this job” button. Instructions will follow.


The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.


Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

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City of Guelph

Job Type



Guelph, Ontario

Start Date

Apr 18, 2019

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