Please review our 4 open job positions below.

Eco-Landscaping Lead, RAINscapeTO 

 

Job Title:  Eco-Landscaping Lead

Duration: 6.5 Months (April – November)

Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

Range of Pay: Starting at $26/ hour

Job Location: City of Toronto

 

Are you looking for meaningful landscaping work that pays well and brings you closer to nature within the city? Would you like to work with like-minded individuals? If yes, then we want to hear from you! 

 

At RAINscapeTO you will help lead an eco-landscaping team that designs, implements, and maintains beautiful earth-friendly gardens. Every day, you will be helping to build a sustainable and healthy urban landscape through the installation of sustainable native gardens such as bioswales and pollinator, edible and rain gardens. For more information visit: rainscapeto.ca

 

You will be part of a growing social enterprise that provides meaningful, culturally sensitive employment and training for emerging urban-placed Indigenous people. We aim to continue to support the intrinsic connection we have as Indigenous peoples to the land. Caring for the urbanized environment within Toronto while sharing and nurturing our rich ecological knowledge is imperative for us.

 

As an Eco-Landscaping Lead, you’ll have the management team’s support in leading the Indigenous Eco-Landscaping Crew. You’ll have opportunities to share what you know with your team members and learn from local Indigenous community leaders and experts. We’ll even help you build a career pathway that’s right for you!  

 

Our ideal candidate has strong horticultural skills, leadership, and interpersonal skills to deliver excellent customer service and oversee their crew, and has experience in the design and construction of landscaping solutions.

 

Given that the incumbent of this position will oversee a team of Indigenous trainees, we enthusiastically encourage qualified Indigenous candidates to apply. We also encourage applications from BIPOC individuals.

 

JOB PURPOSE

The Eco-landscaping Lead is the bridge between a team of Eco-landscapers and RAINscapeTO’s Management. As the team supervisor the Lead acts as the main resource for all the eco-landscapers with regard to on-site communication, direction, and conflict resolution. In the absence of the Manager, the Eco-landscaping Lead also liaises with clients and partners, although some decisions will need to be approved by the Manager. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the team of eco-landscapers in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential and community eco-landscaping projects, including the following tasks:
    • Ensure Health and Safety Policies, code of conduct, and regulations are followed; 
    • Properly maintain tools and equipment on a frequent basis;
    • Coordinate and schedule eco-landscaper shifts, including transportation of staff from headquarters to project site;
    • Train and monitor eco-landscapers in landscaping techniques and materials, and delegate tasks to them;
    • Keep track of employee timesheets, project expenses, and supply needs;
    • Collect statistical & anecdotal data to assess project successes and barriers;
    • Monitor staff behaviours and report to the Manager on issues and opportunities for improvement
  • Support the Management team in scheduling work, pricing and staffing;
  • Support the Management team in the coordination of site work with partners and outside service providers as needed;
  • Meet weekly with the Management team to discuss progress and debrief on project operations;
  • Meet weekly with the eco-landscaping team to discuss and fill out progress reports and additional paperwork;
  • Support the Management team in planning and delivering a Professional Development Plan for eco-landscapers, including training and workshops;
  • Support the Management team in business development activities such as attendance at community events, and delivery of workshops and talks.

  

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Full ‘G’ Drivers license is mandatory to transport yourself and the crew to and from job sites in company vehicles.
  • 3 years experience in Horticulture/Landscaping preferred
  • Strong eco-landscaping working knowledge, including garden design and implementation, plant ID, plant maintenance, growth cycles, deadheading, invasive species removal, shrub maintenance, and soil amendment
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and in physically demanding tasks

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work in varying weather conditions and spend extended periods outdoors
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Handling of heavy loads
  • Physically demanding – bending, crouching, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, digging, shoveling, raking

 

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Email your cover letter and resume to:

 Jose Torcal, Manager via email [email protected] and Paula Messina, Human Resources Advisor jobs@torontogreen.ca  with “Eco-Landscaping Lead” in your email’s subject line.

 

Deadline to Apply: 31 March, 11:59PM

 

Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations in the application process.

 

RAINscapeTO is a social enterprise created by the Toronto Green Community.

Toronto Green Community is a charitable organization committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and be equitable by building these objectives and practices into our teams, programs and services. 

Thank you – miigwetch, tiawenhk, nia:wen, kinanaskomitin, maarsii!

Indigenous Assistant Manager, RAINscapeTO 

 

Job Title:  Indigenous Assistant Manager

Duration: Permanent

Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

Rate of Pay: Starting at $35/hour

Job Location: City of Toronto

Apply by: March 31

 

Are you looking for impactful work redefining greenspaces and creating a more equitable city? Would you like to lead an employment social enterprise at the forefront of climate action and social justice?

If yes, then we want to hear from you! 

 

At RAINscapeTO you will assist in managing an eco-landscaping social enterprise that designs, implements and maintains beautiful and earth-friendly gardens. We offer the design and installation of sustainable gardens such as pollinator and edible gardens, rain gardens and bioswales. We also provide services to support local food production and the use of native plants as vital additions to a sustainable and healthy urban landscape. For more information on RAINscapeTO visit: rainscapeto.ca

 

RAINscapeTO is a social enterprise incubated by Toronto Green Community. We value and respect the intrinsic connection of Indigenous peoples to their land as well as their rich ecological knowledge base. We aim to establish an Indigenous-led social enterprise that provides meaningful, and culturally sensitive employment and training for emerging urban placed Indigenous peoples. For more information on Toronto Green Community visit: torontogreen.ca

 

Job Purpose

The Indigenous Assistant Manager will be part of RAINscapeTO’s leadership team and will work alongside the Manager to provide strategic leadership and manage all aspects of the social enterprise.

Upon a successful training period of 9 months, the Indigenous Assistant Manager will have the opportunity to transition to Manager with an updated job description and salary.  During the training period the Indigenous Assistant Manager will be exposed to all aspects of the social enterprise operations. As such, this position is expected to spend at least two days per week supporting on-the-ground delivery of gardening services.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest in the natural environment, strong leadership and strategic skills, relevant experience in program and/or social enterprise management, and enjoys working in a community-based organization.  

 

Expected Outcomes

Social:

– Create a respectful, supportive, learning culture leading to stable and growing employment opportunities.

– Increase the presence of Indigenous professionals in the landscaping industry by establishing and maintaining positive and impactful community and client relationships.

Economic:

– Build a financially sustainable business through increased client revenue and fundraising.

Environmental:

– Achieve a measurable environmental impact by the implementation of eco-landscaping best practices such as planting native species, supporting pollinators and maximizing rainwater infiltration. 

Scaling Impact:

– Build the profile of RAINscapeTO, developing client, community, governmental and industry relationships and advocating for policy changes as appropriate.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

In collaboration with RAINscapeTO’s Manager and supported by the leadership team, the Indigenous Assistant Manager will be responsible for the following aspects of the social enterprise.

 

Organization leadership 

  • Lead a diverse team of 5 people and oversee the operations of a diverse organization of 11 people.
  • Build Indigenous leadership capacity and coordinate hiring and training process for new team members  
  • Support ongoing personal and professional development of staff, fostering a culture of engagement and open collaboration
  • Identify and address performance issues, providing support as per human resources policies
  • Liaise with funders, partners and produce reports on time
  • Represent the enterprise at Toronto Green Community (TGC) Board meetings and ensure a fluid communication and collaboration.
  • Represent the organization publicly, building strategic partnerships with relevant organizations and community groups and within the landscaping industry
  • Collect relevant data to prepare evaluation plans and assess progress
  • Research potential additional funding sources and lead proposal writing

 

Financial management

  • Manage a budget of over $500,000
  • Manage sales, billing, and expenses tracking processes.
  • Work with bookkeeper and staff to ensure that the following tasks are on track:
    • invoice clients promptly and manage collections and deposits of payments (primarily online)
    • ensure all expenses are paid in a timely manner
    • complete and submit timesheets for biweekly payroll 
    • provide monthly sales and expense updates
    • other duties as required
  • Collect statistical & anecdotal data to assess project successes and barriers
  • Prepare financial reports as required

 

Customer and community relations

  • Manage all aspects of customer relations  
    • acquire new clients and support all clients
    • respond to queries in a professional and timely manner via email, phone, and in person
    • arrange and schedule client site visits and project meetings
    • provide consultation and estimates, and follow up with clients through various stages of relationship
    • ensure quality of work and customer satisfaction 
  • Liaise with community groups, neighbourhood groups, industry and business associations to create greater awareness of the initiative, attract Indigenous talent, promote blue-green infrastructure solutions and garner support for the project
  • Supervise relevant staff in the planning and delivery of workshops, community forums, events and presentations
  • Oversee website, newsletter and social media communications

 

Landscaping

  • Oversee the design, installation and maintenance of residential and community eco-landscaping projects
  • Support site assessment for rain garden potential and suggest eco-friendly solutions for clients
  • Prepare estimates and submit proposals, ensuring target gross margins
  • Schedule and oversee installations with support from the coordinator and/or team lead, helping with  on-the-ground delivery of gardening services as required.
  • Ensure all permits and health and safety requirements are in place
  • Coordinate site work with clients, suppliers and outside service providers as needed

 

Qualifications and Skills

Required

  • A degree in environmental sciences, business administration, social development, landscape architecture, design, engineering or a combination of related training and experience.
  • 3+ years of experience in business, social enterprises and/or program management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated financial skills 
  • Effective organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills.
  • Working knowledge of human resources management and social development policies and practices.
  • Working knowledge of best management practices for Indigenous leadership development and reconciliation processes.
  • Creative and resourceful problem solving skills to help accommodate challenging, diverse, unexpected and unique circumstances
  • Interest in ecological gardening and understanding of Low Impact Development/green infrastructure design and installation
  • Full ‘G’ Drivers license.

 

Desired

  • Knowledge of plant identification (both horticultural varieties and native plants, trees, shrubs, and common weeds)
  • Knowledge of employment social enterprise and social procurement practices
  • Available to work flexible hours with peak intensities from spring to fall
  • Experience in liaising with community groups, neighbourhood and business associations
  • Proven capacity to implement successful sales and marketing techniques
  • Experience in organizing community events, projects and plantings

 

Compensation

This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week, with an hourly rate starting at $35.00. Pay commensurate with experience.

 

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to Jose Torcal: [email protected] and Paula Messina: [email protected] with “Indigenous Assistant Manager” in your email’s subject line. 

Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations.

Deadline for submissions: March 31st, 11.59 pm

 

RAINscapeTO is a social enterprise created by the Toronto Green Community.

Toronto Green Community is a charitable organization committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and be equitable by building these objectives and practices into our teams, programs and services. 

Thank you – miigwetch, tiawenhk, nia:wen, kinanaskomitin, maarsii!

Indigenous Eco – Landscaper, RAINscapeTO 

 

Job Title:  Indigenous Eco- Landscaper

Social Enterprise:  RAINscapeTO

Duration: 6.5 Months (April – November)

Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

Rate of Pay: $21 / hour

Job Location: City of Toronto

 

Are you looking for meaningful work that pays well and brings you closer to nature without leaving the City? Would you like to work with like-minded people? 

 

Then we want to hear from you! 

 

At RAINscapeTO you will be part of an eco-landscaping team that designs, implements, and maintains beautiful and earth-friendly gardens. Every day, you will be helping to build a sustainable and healthy urban landscape through the installation of sustainable native gardens (bioswales and pollinator, edible and rain gardens).

 

You can be part of a growing social enterprise that provides meaningful, culturally sensitive employment and training for emerging urban-placed Indigenous people. We value and respect the intrinsic connection of Indigenous peoples to the land as well as the rich ecological knowledge base held by the Indigenous community. As a member of our team, you’ll have opportunities to share what you know with your peers and learn from local Indigenous community leaders and experts. We’ll even help you build a career pathway that’s right for you!  

 

For more information visit: rainscapeto.ca

 

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS:

Only Indigenous* applicants registered or eligible to be registered at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training will be considered. Please state this in your application.

*Indigenous peoples, Status and non-Status First Nations, Metis and Inuit of Turtle Island (Canada).

 

JOB PURPOSE

The RAINscapeTO Indigenous Eco-Landscaper, will be part of a dynamic team of passionate landscapers in designing, installing and maintaining gardens on private and public properties across the City of Toronto.

This is a unique opportunity in a new and expanding niche of the landscape industry. You will receive online and practical hands-on training on the basics of eco-friendly landscaping, health and safety including First Aid/CPR, pollinator stewardship, and plant identification. You will have opportunities to attend community events, and the RAIN Garden Master Class training to earn a certification in the installation of rain gardens. And we’ll support you in identifying your own personal goals through the creation of a professional development plan, and meeting regularly with your manager and the rest of the team.

No previous experience is required. Just a passion for ecologically and sustainably informed landscaping!

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The main responsibility of this position is to undertake all the tasks associated with the installation and maintenance of gardens on private and public properties under the guidance of the Lead and in collaboration with the team members. Some of these tasks include:

  • planting various and native plant species (i.e. bulbs, flowers, shrubs, trees);
  • digging rain gardens, grading;
  • disconnecting downspouts and redirecting water to rain barrels or rain gardens;
  • laying compost, mulch, soil, and installing other materials (i.e gravel, rocks, lining);
  • garden maintenance, including removing and/or trimming trees and plants; weeding, dead heading, pruning, seed collection, watering;
  • tool upkeep and maintenance;
  • cleaning debris, litter from residential and commercial jobs;
  • collecting, separating litter and removing weeds from BIA worksites;
  • providing professional customer service;
  • weekly reporting and team meetings with managers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Withstand up to 7 hours of physically demanding labour
  • Adapt to varying tasks, conditions and locations
  • Willing to work outdoors in changing weather (heat, rain, cold)
  • Responsible, punctual, detail-oriented, reliable and flexible
  • Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team setting with co-workers and provide professional customer service for clients
  • Some experience in residential, commercial or community organic/ecological gardening and landscaping would be helpful
  • Interest in horticulture, plant identification, ecological gardening
  • Preference given to candidates with ‘G’  Class driver’s license.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work in varying weather conditions and spend extended periods outdoors
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Handling of heavy loads
  • Physically demanding – bending, crouching, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, digging, shoveling, raking

 

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

 

Email your cover letter and resume to:

 Jose Torcal, Manager via email [email protected]  and Paula Messina, Human Resources Advisor jobs@torontogreen.ca  

with “Eco-Landscaping Lead” in your email’s subject line.

 

Deadline to Apply: 31 March, 11:59PM

 

Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations in the application process.

RAINscapeTO is a social enterprise created by the Toronto Green Community.

Toronto Green Community is a charitable organization committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and be equitable by building these objectives and practices into our teams, programs and services. 

Thank you – miigwetch, tiawenhk, nia:wen, kinanaskomitin, maarsii!

 

GreenForceTO Landscaper

Duration: 6.5 Months (April – November)
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

Rate of Pay: $21 / hour

Job Location: City of Toronto

Apply by: March 31

 

GreenForceTO is a pilot project initiated in 2021 by the City of Toronto in partnership with RAINscapeTO and Building Up to maintain horticultural and green infrastructure sites in public streets and sidewalks, and create local employment opportunities. The experience in this seasonal position contributes toward opportunities in the City of Toronto’s Parks Department. For more information on the project visit: toronto.ca/greenforceto

The selected candidate will be employed by RAINscapeTO, an eco-landscaping social enterprise based in Toronto. For more information on RAINscapeTO visit: rainscapeto.ca

Job purpose

The GreenForceTO Landscaper will be part of a small team involved in the maintenance of plantings, lawn, sidewalks and green infrastructure across the City of Toronto.  No previous experience is required. The position consists of paid training and site work. Transportation between sites is provided and a TTC monthly pass will be provided for transportation to and from job start location. 

Duties and responsibilities

The GreenForceTO Landscaper will perform tasks associated with the maintenance, testing and minor repairs of green infrastructure in streets, sidewalks and plantings under the guidance and direction of the project manager and in collaboration with the team members. Some of these tasks include: 

  • Weeding and removal of invasive species;
  • Pruning, deadheading, raking, mowing, trimming;
  • Litter / garbage clean-up;
  • Clearing and cleaning of inlets, trench drains, and catch basins;
  • Maintaining and testing permeable paving;
  • Digging, grading and laying soil and compost;
  • Planting and transplanting perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees;
  • Laying mulch and installing other materials (i.e gravel, rocks, logs);
  • Cleaning, maintenance and responsible use of hand and motorized tools;
  • Meeting all health & safety standards while performing duties in a safe and responsible manner in the public realm;
  • Being conscientious and professional in communication with team members and the public; 
  • Communicating professionally with team members and project manager through email, phone, text; 
  • Completing written assignments and attending one-on-one meetings about performance, personal goals and professional development plan.

Successful candidates will receive online and hands-on training that includes First Aid, CPR, and the basics of green infrastructure. 

Qualifications

  • Over 18 years of age;
  • Interest and enthusiasm for environmental issues and ecological practices;
  • Physically capable of performing required duties – stamina and strength to lift 50 lbs / 23 kg;
  • Takes direction & guidance while performing tasks;
  • Adaptable and flexible to perform various roles / responsibilities within a team; 
  • Takes initiative and is proactive in completing remaining tasks for job completion;
  • Enjoys working outdoors in all weather conditions (heat, rain, cold);
  • Enjoys working as part of a team; is present and participates in team conversations;
  • Responsible, punctual, detail-oriented, reliable;
  • Ensures that work is carried out in a safe and efficient manner and follows health and safety guidelines;
  • Ability to properly and safely handle & operate power and hand tools required for landscape maintenance and construction; 
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions in English both verbally and in writing, including regular use and understanding of email through which training information is distributed.
  • Ability to communicate positively and respectfully to manage public interactions and contribute to teamwork.
  • Preference given to candidates with ‘G’  Class driver’s license. 

 

Working conditions

  •  7 hours of physically demanding labour daily;
  •  Outdoor work in varying weather conditions (heat, drought, rain);
  • Repetitive tasks;
  • Ability to manage the nature of work in the public realm;
  • Physical fitness and flexibility / dexterity – kneeling, crouching, bending, digging, shovelling, raking, carrying heavy materials and loads.

 

Eligibility Conditions:

RAINscapeTO is committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and be equitable by building these objectives and practices into our teams, communities, programs and services. Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations. Thank you – miigwetch, tiawenhk, nia:wen, kinanaskomitin, maarsii!

Compensation

This is a full-time seasonal position, 35 hours a week at an hourly rate of $21.00. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Rene Fan via email: [email protected] with “GreenForceTO” in your email’s subject line by March 31, 11:59 pm.