Urban Forestry – Park Technician (Natural Areas) – City of Surrey

5 July 2023

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City of Surrey

Urban Forestry – Park Technician (Natural Areas)

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building vibrant, sustainable communities through technology and innovation.

City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city—and their careers—forward. Build a City. Build a Future at the City of Surrey

We are currently seeking a Park Technician (Natural Areas) to join our Urban Forestry team. This unique full-time job opportunity will allow you to apply your varied work experience and skills to meet the challenges of managing more than 1600 hectares of forest, shrubland, and grassland natural area park land.


  • Implement all aspects of natural areas management including, but not limited to, debris and refuse removals, trail maintenance, habitat restoration, native plantings, wildlife management, invasive plant management, and tree risk assessments.
  • Perform supervisory and technical work in the planning, coordinating, and supervising of City crews and contractors.
  • Preparation of schedules, inspections and reports related to the delivery of projects and programs.
  • Perform hands on field work in all weather conditions.
  • Prepare annual and seasonal work plans for assigned functional responsibility area, based on section goals and objectives and within approved budgets.
  • Develop and implement new work methods and techniques.
  • Develop asset-based management prescriptions, including preventative maintenance programs.
  • Implement and practice safety-related policies, procedures and regulations and perform fieldwork in accordance with accepted standards, techniques, and practices.
  • Respond to service requests from the public.

The successful applicant:

  • is a logical and analytical thinker in problem-solving situations.
  • has superior public relations, interpersonal, communication, organizational, multitasking and leadership skills.
  • can work independently, as well as in a team environment, and must be physically able to carry out the duties as required.
  • has strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite).
  • has a comprehensive knowledge of ecological processes, applicable statutes and regulations, and native flora and fauna in Surrey.


  • Completion of a Diploma program from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a minimum of 3 years related experience, OR
  • Completion of grade 12 supplemented by a relevant Trades Qualification supplemented by 3 years of related progressive experience, OR
  • Completion of grade 12 and a related Technical Certificate Program (one-year full time) from a recognized post-secondary institution with additional related academic courses and training including at least 1 credit course in each of supervision and technical writing supplemented by 4 years of related progressive experience.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

You must have a valid B.C. driver’s license with a safe driving history. An Arborist certification (International Society of Arboriculture) and a Pesticide Applicator’s License are required to be obtained before the completion of probation period.
Applicants under consideration will be required to consent to a Police Information Check/Vulnerable Sector Check

Closing Date: July 26, 2023