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Seasonal - Leadhand – Turf Maintenance
Department Parks and Open Space
Pay Range $31.27 (2018 hourly rate)
Closing Date 12/28/18
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Job Details:  
Temporary CUPE 136T

Posting Status:

Open to all current Town of Oakville employees and external applicants

The duration of these contracts will be approximately 6 to 7 months. Contract commencement will range from March 25, 2019 to May 13, 2019.

This position reports to the Supervisor, Turf Maintenance and is a working Leadhand role that assists the Supervisor in the coordinating and scheduling of all resources necessary to carry out parks and turf operations maintenance programs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates, executes and provides input into the evaluation of parks and turf maintenance programs, services and/or processes;
  • Delegates work assignments to staff and students ensuring appropriate scheduling and quality control;
  • Ensures work is performed efficiently and effectively in accordance with Town or Department maintenance standards/specifications, and other legislative requirements (e.g.: Labour and Health and Safety Regulations, Traffic Control, etc.);
  • Monitors performance of students including initiating corrective action and/or progressive discipline when required;
  • Liaises closely with Supervisor and/or Manager to report progress, resolve issues, and refine planning;
  • Responds and investigates public inquiries, by-law issues and initiates work orders as appropriate;
  • Maintains daily electronic records of work-related activities, work orders, emails and forecasted work;
  • Oversees allocation of resources (financial, employee hours etc.);
  • Accurately maintains daily records for the purpose of tracking, reporting and documenting of maintenance activities and adjusts maintenance schedules as necessary;
  • Ensures all equipment is operated competently, safely and maintained in a good operating condition ensuring proper and timely documentation for repair of defective equipment (including circle checks of all assigned rolling stock);
  • Keeps current with ongoing technical, cultural and procedural improvements in parks operations and turf maintenance;
  • Trains and guides staff, students, part-time staff and volunteers involved in activities;
  • Supports information dissemination, training and communication for relevant activities;
  • Liaises with, and oversees the work of contractors and other service providers;
  • Represents the Corporation and Department in a professional, courteous and respectful manner in all dealings with the public, other groups and associations;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Grade 12 with related courses in Horticulture or Landscape Design or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • 1-2 years of previous related experience with parks and roads policies; equipment operation as well as turf or grounds maintenance including fertilizing, soil amendments, IPM and/or pesticide application; 
  • A valid Ontario Ministry of Environment Landscape, Forestry & Industrial Vegetation Exterminator License is also required.  Certifications in Forklift, Chainsaw, 0-8 tons crane operations and load securement are desirable; 
  • Proven experience in directing and assigning work to others, including training and monitoring work performance; demonstrated effective communication, both oral and written, customer service and problem solving skills; proficient time management skills and flexibility in adjusting between a variety of duties; ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team;
  • Computer proficiency in Word, and Excel and in use of e-mail, internet and GIS;
  • Must possess an understanding of the Highway Traffic Act and knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Must hold and provide a copy of a valid and unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License Class DZ minimum (standard and automatic transmission) with a driving record that demonstrates responsible and safe driving behaviour. Note: Applicants with 6 or more points are ineligible for consideration. The successful applicant, who is a new hire, will be required to provide the Corporation with a current drivers abstract (no older than 30 days) and pass a Town administered road test as a condition of employment;
  • Must be willing to work a 40-hour workweek in varying weather conditions and be available for shift work as required.

Applications for this position must be received at in the employment section by no later than midnight on December 28, 2018.

DATED: December 3, 2018

This job profile reflects the general requirements necessary to perform the principal functions of the job. This does not include all of the work requirements of the job. Applicants are required to demonstrate through their application and in the interview process that their qualifications match those specified. Applicants may also be required to undergo testing. Assessments for this position may include an interview, written and practical tests.  The successful candidate will be required to pass each element of the recruitment process with a minimum score of 75%. 


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