Physical and Environmental Resources
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Closing date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 17:00
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Full or part time: 
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Job description: 

Under general direction, you will be responsible for maintaining the gardens, grounds and horticulture program within the National Historic Site.  You will be primarily responsible for a variety of horticulture duties at a senior tradesperson 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.  You will be required to lift, carry and place heavy loads as a routine requirement of the position.  Operating and carrying out minor repairs to a wide variety of motorized and task-specific machinery, both on and off site and the ability to be extremely diligent in order to perform the required duties particularly when operating on public highways is also essential to this role. 


To be well suited to the role you will possess the following required qualifications and competencies:

  • Grade 12 graduation from a secondary school or equivalent
  • Possession of a valid BC Pesticide Applicator License
  • Possession of a valid Class 5 driver’s license in the Province of BC
  • Possession of a Diploma in Horticulture and two years, or a combination of a Certificate in Horticulture and at least 3 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.
  • Ability to take direction and work independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Heritage landscape or botanical garden experienceability to provide interpretive services and continued education
  • Basic computer skills and MS Office
Application submission information: 

This position is temporary full-time working 37.5 hours per week.  The length of this term will be determined based on the pending return of the incumbent.  The successful candidate 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 $23.70. The University is pleased to offer a percentage of salary in lieu of benefits

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

16-025-C0007 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition began on April 20, 2016 and will close on May 3, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until successful candidates are found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. 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.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf. format.