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Operator (Landscape Technician)

by Western University

Reference #: 23904
Position Type: Temporary
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Sep 14, 2021
Experience: 3 Years
Education: High School Diploma
Western University

Job Description

Considered Canada's most beautiful University, Western's main campus spans 400 acres of Gothic-style buildings mixed with modern LEED-certified capital structures providing an idyllic environment for our community of scholars.  The university is located in London, Canada, a safe, vibrant and welcoming community of more than 350,000 people serving as a regional medical and industrial hub for southwestern Ontario.

Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the planning, development, construction, operation, maintenance and stewardship of all the buildings, infrastructure, sites and services within Western's campus community.

The Operator (Landscape Technician) will perform labour intensive and skilled work associated with the maintenance, construction, repair, alteration and inspection of campus grounds and facilities utilizing supplied vehicles, power equipment and associated tools.


-   Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
-   Completion of at least one industry related post-secondary course at an accredited institution or at least one industry related course offered through a landscape industry trade organization relating to the requirements of the role description

Professional Qualifications and Licenses
-   Maintain, at minimum, a valid Ontario G Driver’s License.
-   Maintain a current First Aid Certificate including CPR where required

-  (Within the last 10 years):
-   At least 3 years continuous experience working within a landscape environment performing summer and winter landscape maintenance/installation including snow and ice management
-   At least 3 years of continuous experience in a large and complex environment such as a commercial, industrial, or institutional setting:
  -   Operating loading equipment, such as skid steers and tractors
  -   Operating various types of turf maintenance equipment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   Comprehensive knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to landscape services/waste management operations
-   In-depth understanding of tools, equipment, principles, materials, and terminology associated with landscape services/waste management operations
-   Basic understanding of other positions within Facilities Management with which you interact
-   Comprehensive knowledge in the current versions of all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards
-   Comprehensive understanding of hydraulic, power take-off (PTO) and mechanically driven implements and attachments
-   Knowledgeable in the operation of landscape maintenance and installation vehicles and equipment
-   Ability to investigate, identify, analyze and document information in written or electronic form and resolve problems
-   Ability to meet physical demands of the role, including to lift and transport materials, bend, excavate, climb and reach repetitively, as well as work in confined spaces or in areas containing designated substances found within OH&S Act as required
-   Ability to work well in a team environment as well as autonomously with minimal supervision
-   Ability to perform tasks in emergency situations
-   Ability to interpret and work from electronic/written operation instruction sheets as well as mechanical electrical and geographical drawings/maps and produce quick-sketch working diagrams
-   Comprehensive electronic, oral and written communication skills with ability to listen fully and respond courteously to instructions, questions and comments, and to establish a rapport with customers, leaders and peers
-   Dependable and co-operative disposition with ability to interact with others in positive ways which develop mutual understanding, respect and productive relationships
-   Ability to organize and order work materials, tools, and support staff in the shop and on the job site

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #23904, by midnight on September 25th, 2021.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.