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Gardener 2

Job Classification TitleGARDENER 2
Job ID #2286211 X
DivisionParks, Forestry & Recreation
Job StreamParks , Recreation & Forestry
Job TypeTemporary, Full-Time
Temporary DurationTBD
Salary/Rate$28.18 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly)80.00
Shift InformationN/A
AffiliationL416 Outside
On-Going Opportunities Description



Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Gardener 2 within our Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.



Although there may not be current vacancies, resumes will be kept on file for 6 months and then deleted from our system. You must reapply after 6 months.



Major Responsibilities: 


  • Prepares plants and maintains flower beds, horticultural displays and plants in greenhouses
  • Maintains plant materials in a park area in a neat and orderly manner
  • Participates in the, preparation, planting and maintenance of horticultural displays, turf grass areas, indoor and natural area plantings and landscapes including all aspects of Plant Health Care inclusive of I.P.M. and pesticide use
  • Prepares various growing media prior to planting; gathering, cleaning and storing propagules; planting and transplanting as required and determining and maintaining correct growing environment
  • Inspects plants, trees and shrubs for insect infestation or disease and reports damage
  • Prepares pesticides and fertilizers for applications to control pest diseases as required. Performs park maintenance such as litter control, snow & ice removal, washroom cleaning
  • Loads materials, plants, etc. and delivers, as required, to various locations. Operates various types of motor vehicles and mechanized grounds, garden and turf maintenance equipment, etc.
  • Ability to compose and complete daily manual and electronic reports as required
  • Responds to horticultural questions from public
  • May be required to perform landscaping functions such as sodding and constructing minor landscape repair, etc.
  • May be required to direct other staff
  • Works with volunteers

 Key Qualifications:


 Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Diploma or certificate in horticulture or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Considerable experience as a practicing gardener.
  3. Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Province of Ontario Class “G” driver's license class and must qualify for the City’s equipment operating permits and requirements.

 You must also have:

  • Possession of or the ability to obtain within 6 months an Ontario Landscape Exterminator's Licence
  • A good knowledge of plant materials and the ability to propagate and grow a wide variety of plants for the beautification of park areas
  • Ability to arrange, plant and maintain annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees according to the best horticultural methods and to achieve an attractive appearance
  • Ability to recognize pests (insects, diseases and weeds), and to treat them in the most effective manner
  • Ability to make the most effective use of fertilizers and water requirements of a variety of plants
  • Must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations that apply to this work
  • Must be physically capable of performing required duties
  • Ability to deal courteously with the public
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Must be available to work shift/weekend/overtime as required
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs


We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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