This is a replacement of an existing position
Under general direction, you will be responsible for maintaining the gardens, grounds and horticulture program within the National Historic Site. The Gardener is primarily responsible for a variety of horticulture duties at a senior trades person level, including tasks which require specialized training in the horticulture trade, including greenhouse operation, nurseries and arboriculture. You will also deliver general gardening and grounds services as part of the gardens and service team within the National Historic Site and botanical gardens, while promoting the customer service, environment and professional front-door image presented by the University.
You must be capable of periods of high intensity physical work, and have an ability to work flexible hours as needed to meet the needs of the clients. The incumbent is required to lift, carry and place heavy loads as a routine requirement of the position. You will be required to operate and carry out minor repairs to a wide variety of motorized and task-specific machinery, both on and off site which requires extreme diligence when operating on public highways.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Knowledge of maintaining a historic landscape and historic landscape records and research
- Knowledge of names and cultural requirements of plants found in a botanical garden
- Performs a wide range of skilled horticulture tasks; designs and plans gardens, turf maintenance, irrigation systems, plants, prunes, waters, propagates and fertilizes plants and gardens
- Controls weeds and pests, observes plant health care and follows an integrated pest management program for a variety of exotic and indigenous plant species
- Maintains a thorough and current knowledge of the methods and techniques, used in the horticulture and nursery trades. Uses a variety of materials, tools and equipment, designed for the trades
- Maintains records including but not limited to: greenhouse operation, propagation programs, plant identification, the botanical collection and safety. Records and provides information for the University’s web site
- Oversees the work performed by labourers and students undertaking a horticulture practicum at the University and notifies their instructor of any areas of concern
- Maintains habitat requirements of native species and manages the potential impacts of introduced and invasive species on the gardens and grounds
- Performs a wide variety of skilled and basic manual tasks for the gardens and grounds service unit
- Reads and interprets site plans, blueprints and working drawings
- Provides educational tours and garden lectures to the public
- Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures regarding chemical safety and storage, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and workplace safety issues related to the gardens and grounds services
- Operates as an integral part of the University team and performs special projects and other duties of a similar nature and complexity related to gardens and grounds services or otherwise assigned
- Functions as part of the University team and supports other team members; maintains good communications within the team; participates in democratic decision making; exhibits appropriate behavior that is sensitive to the effect on others of personal actions, language and habits; and takes personal responsibility and maintains a professional approach to working relationships and conflict resolution.
- Grade 12 graduation from a secondary school or equivalent
- Possession of a valid B.C. Pesticide Applicator License
- Possession of a valid Class 5 driver’s license in the Province of B.C.
- Five (5) years experience in the field of horticulture or arborculture, supplemented by a formal technical horticulture or arborculture training program of at least two (2) years
- Possession of a Trade Qualification Certificate or Certificate of Apprenticeship in Horticulture, or Possession of a Diploma in Horticulture, or a combination of at least 10 years related work experience and training
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and by email
- Ability to work in all types of weather conditions
- Ability to operate equipment related to the duties
- Good working knowledge of irrigation systems
- Knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
- Heritage landscape or botanical garden experience ability to provide interpretive services and continued education
- Basic First Aid.
This position is regular full-time working 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidates must have the ability to work a variety of shifts including weekends. This is a CUPE Local 3886 Bargaining Unit position and the hourly rate is $22.90 and the university is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package.
To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to:
Competition # 12-106-C0007
Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, B.C. V9B 5Y2
Fax: (250) 391-2570 Tel: (250) 391-2511
The competition will begin on December 21, 2012 and will close on January 11, 2013, however the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.
RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.
Please note that two of our heritage buildings, including Hatley Castle, have some areas that are not easily accessible to persons who use wheelchairs. Please call 391-2511 for information and assistance if you are dropping off your application in person.
If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe PDF format.
Note: While RRU values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted.