Gardener, Equipment Technician

Physical and Environmental Resources
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Friday, May 26, 2017 - 17:00
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Job description: 

Under general direction from the Supervisor/Head Gardener, this position performs a wide variety of duties in order to meet the operational requirements of the Gardens & Grounds area.  This role has two main functions; to maintain a wide variety of equipment/tools in good safe working order and to also be part of the garden & grounds service delivery as a gardener approximately 50% of the time.  The successful candidate will not only be responsible to ensure all equipment and tools are in safe working condition, but will also be able to demonstrate the proper use of these items. The incumbent is responsible for quality work in a proactive and timely manner and for ensuring that all duties are carried out in accordance with all codes, regulations and internal processes.

As this is a service based delivery department it will require someone with a positive solution based attitude to ensure campus support is provided to the highest standard.  Quality and safety are paramount and in order to be sucessful, the right individual would not only find these to be second nature but also of driving interest to achieve.  

  • Possession of a Diploma in Horticulture and two years’ experience, or a combination of a Certificate in Horticulture and at least three years’ experience.
  • Power Equipment Technician certificate, plus three years recent experience performing duties in a horticultural equipment repair environment or seven years recent experience performing equipment/tool repairs and maintenance. Must have strong mechanical and troubleshooting abilities for small engines.
  • Possession of a valid Class 5 driver’s license in the province of B.C.
  • Knowledge of names and cultural requirements of common garden plants.
  • Knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Heritage landscape or botanical garden experience preferred.
  • Basic computer skills and MS Office.
  • Ability to operate equipment related to the duties including the operation of front-end loader, tractors and PTO equipment.
  • Ability to train staff in safe operating procedures for all equipment.
  • Ability to take direction and work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and by email.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Able to work cooperatively with others and promote a respectful positive team work environment.
Application submission information: 

This position is temporary full-time position working 37.5 hours per week within the CUPE Local 3886 Bargaining Unit for approximately six (6) months. The term may be shortened or extended pending the return of the incumbent and/or operational needs.  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 $24.06 and the university is pleased to offer a percentage of salary in lieu of benefits.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your application to: with a subject line of:

17-060-C0098 – 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 May 15, 2017 and will close on May 26, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is 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.