City of Toronto


Forestry Data Collector

Toronto, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career

On-Going Opportunities Description


  • Although there may not be current vacancies, your resumes will be kept on file for six (6) months and then deleted from our system. You must reapply after 6 months.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts site visits to take photos and measurements and generate information such as species selection, location, conditions of planting, tree health and insect/disease problems relating to newly planted trees in a variety of settings
  • Assists in identification of potential tree planting sites on street right-of-ways, open spaces, parks
  • Participates in surveys for specific signs and symptoms of tree pests (Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long Horned Beetle, European gypsy moth, Eastern Tent Caterpillar, etc.) on trees located on public and private lands
  • Performs minor removing or trimming of side branches of trees as required, working from the ground
  • Participates in implementation of pest management programs, completing repetitive manual tasks such as performing branch dissections for EAB, vacuuming egg masses from tree stems, spot spray egg masses with dormant oil for example
  • Uses computers and data management units for data inputting, tabulation and provides input into and develops tree planting plans
  • Reads and interprets sketches, maps and plans showing tree and property data
  • Answers or refers inquiries from the public relating to the work program (e.g. EAB, ALHB, gypsy moth control program), communicating documented information when required
  • Works independently in all weather conditions to complete repetitive tasks such as tree inventories, insect surveys, etc.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Diploma or Certificate in Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Must possess a valid Province of Ontario Class "G" Driver's License and must qualify for the City's equipment operating permits and requirements and be able to maintain same.
  3. Experience in tree planting with regards to tree species, site selection, planting requirements and maintenance.
  4. Experience in the detection and treatment of tree diseases, tree pests and overall tree health care problems.
  5. Experience using computers and the ability to utilize a variety of software packages such as Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel), e-mail and other software packages relevant to supporting the Division (i.e. TMMS).

You must also have:

  • Ability to implement work plans in a timely manner and maintain simple records of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of tree morphology, physiology and dendrology.
  • Knowledge of tree diseases, tree pests and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and drawings.
  • Must be familiar with the Occupational Health & Safety Act (and associated regulations), the Highway Traffic Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
  • Must be physically capable of performing required duties.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.
We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

How to Apply