City of Brampton

Manager Forestry, Horticulture and Cemetery

Posted Date 5 days ago(3/12/2018 8:00 AM)
Job ID
Job Location 1: Company
# Positions
Job Type
Full Time
Job Industry
Agriculture, Horticulture and Fishery, Government and Public Sector
Career Level
Years of Experience

Job Description







Reference #: 102847




Reporting to the Director, Parks Maintenance & Forestry, this role provides longer term planning as well as budgeting, operational and staffing leadership to maintain sustainable service levels involving Urban Forestry, Horticulture Services and Cemetery Services throughout the City of Brampton. This role also provides direction, expert technical advice and suggested operational direction to the Planning Department (includes environmental initiatives), senior management and Council where Forestry, Horticulture or Cemetery Services are involved. As a member of the Parks management team, this position is also required to participate in the decision making process for all aspects of the Parks Department’s operational activities and direction.


Operational Planning and Service improvement

Provide and justify any long term operational planning initiatives designed to ensure reliable service delivery within the 3 separate operations under this position promoting fiscally responsible and sustainable operations. Manage automotive inventories, fuels and service activities.

  • Analyse current operations and work with the individual direct reports to continually modify operations to maximize efficiency
  • Provide operational change explanations via reports or visual presentations to the Director.
  • Monitor industry trends and related municipal operations to ensure the supervisors of each section within Central Operations are using the most current/efficient operational methods.
  • Analyse Planning Department direction with regards to landscaping to ensure installation/designs of landscape features are sustainable within the urban environment and are maintainable using the projected available resources.

Staff Management

Monitor and develop individual direct reports to ensure each person’s capabilities are being effectively utilized and they are encouraged/motivated to search for operational changes that maximize efficiencies.

  • Meet regularly with each section leader to discuss current situations and have an open dialogue or coaching opportunity with regards to how the section is functioning.
  • Regular meetings will also include a dispensing of information gleaned from meetings with the Director and Managers to encourage/ensure consistency between sections within the Division.
  • Establish regular budget reviews to ensure fiscal responsibility and identify possible issues with regards to operational or capital budgets.
  • Review and analyse staff management issues pertaining to in excess of 200 full and part time employees

Financial Preparations, Accountability and Monitoring

Create, monitor and propose changes to budgets that are capable of meeting current corporate needs and service expectations

  • Monitor monthly, annual and capital expenses for each section.
  • Propose and report on new financial requests to support service changes
  • Provide input into the department’s annual budget submission to senior staff and council through collaboration with the Director and other section managers.

Divisional Leadership

Participate in regular divisional management meetings, providing input and insight to resolve issues, determine operational direction and promote consistency both departmentally and corporately

  • Provide information and discuss issues relating to parkland/greenspace development with other managers and the Planning Department, striving to maximize the community value
  • Discuss staffing issues ensuring a consistent approach to any issues.
  • Provide input to the director on business direction and all other decisional items relating to departmental operations and future planning.

Corporate Leadership through Technical expertise

Provide planning and environmental direction for the City to ensure their initiatives and long term direction (Arboriculture and Horticulture) is both sustainable and addresses current and projected service level expectations.

  • Review all landscape templates and plant material usage templates to ensure that new developments receive an aesthetically pleasing landscape with a focus on future maintenance costs, sustainability and customer expectations.
  • Provide input to the Manager of Environmental Services, the Region of Peel and local conservation authorities to attempt to align initiatives and installations to promote long term success, sustainability and customer expectations
  • Provide comment and suggest changes to active (existing) development plans for tableland parks, boulevards and street side plantings that respect proposed design concepts while ensuring installations align with maintenance capabilities, functionality and projected service supply expectations.




  • Post-secondary Degree/Diploma in Landscape Architecture or Technology, Horticulture, Urban Forestry or equivalent.
  • Post-secondary Certificate/Diploma in Municipal Leadership, Municipal Management or equivalent.
  • Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in Park Maintenance or a related field.
  • Municipal experience would be an asset.
  • Incumbent should also possess a minimum five (5) years supervisory experience with experience managing a large, multidisciplinary team of unionized and non-unionized staff an asset.


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**Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

**Starting Salary: $98,494.00 per annum


Job status: Permanent Job Type:   Non-Union


Applications must be received by: March 26, 2018


Alternate formats will be provided upon request.


If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online at: or via quoting reference #102847 by March 26, 2018 and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate(s) will be required, as a condition of employment, to execute a written employment agreement.


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