Lead Hand, Operations and Implementation – Multiple Positions (TRCA-053-19)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Job Description


  • 1 Full-Time Position
  • 1 Full-Time Contract for 2 years
  • 2 Short-Term Contracts for 1 year

Under the direction and guidance of the Project Manager, Operations and Implementation, in cooperation with Conservation Lands and Trails and Forestry Services project teams, and reporting directly to a Site Supervisor, the Lead Hand position is responsible for the daily worksite supervision, coordination, and active delivery of assigned construction, conservation land care, and forestry projects. Foremost, this includes providing crew motivation, direction, task instruction, maintaining high site safety standards and working conditions, and actively participating in the safe operation and maintenance of a complete range of required tools and equipment, while demonstrating current skills, techniques and best management practices.  Monitoring and ensuring TRCA staff and contractor compliance with, and adherence to, all relevant federal, provincial and municipal laws, acts and regulations, TRCA Policies and Procedures, industry standards, and project details, with a strong focus on Health and Safety, is required.  In addition, the Lead Hand is responsible for assisting the coaching, training and development of junior staff, the care and maintenance of assigned and shared resources, and the completion of project information records while providing excellent customer and client service.


  • Provide daily worksite supervision and active, operational support on Environmental Landscape, Infrastructure and Restoration Construction projects – includes the physical implementation of regional multi-use granular and paved trails, wetlands, shorelines, and habitat creation, restoration, enhancement and naturalization.
  • Occasionally provide daily worksite supervision and active, operational support in the following programs: Land Care Maintenance – creation and repair of TRCA lands infrastructure including fencing, boardwalks, kiosks, natural surface trails, and mowing and clearing of  existing  paths; Forestry – stand tending with marking, tree felling / harvesting based on predetermined forest prescriptions, forest inventory and data collection, hazard tree assessment, monitoring and removal, forest pest monitoring and mitigation / control, and access and firebreak maintenance projects; and Tree Planting – hand and machine planting of seedlings for reforestations projects, and proper handling, installation and post planting care of bare roots trees and shrubs, ball and burlap, and wire basket caliper trees for riparian and habitat enhancement and softscaping of environmental landscape projects.
  • Apply proven ability in best practices and execution of RMP programs to the coordination of the implementation lifecycle of the project, including troubleshooting to anticipate and mitigate potential hazards or issues.
  • Coordinate with Site Supervisors, other Lead Hands and Crew Leads for staffing and equipment requirements.
  • Report on any projected variances from schedules and budgets, and propose potential mitigation to supervisor for approval.
  • Provide on-site direction and daily worksite coordination of assigned projects focusing on safety, quality and efficiency to meet client expectations and project milestones / schedules within budget.
  • Engage in public and internal conflict resolution, assist with incident investigations and provide follow up reports and recommendations.
  • Provide training, coaching, and evaluation of assigned staff, to achieve their performance and development objectives.


  • Post-secondary education in resource management, environmental or engineering science, landscape design, construction or an equivalent combination of education, skills and experience.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in implementation tasks in areas of specialization including a minimum of 3 years’ experience in supervisory tasks.
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License (AZ license is an asset).


  • Demonstrated daily worksite coordination, site supervision, and associated responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated high level of technical expertise and knowledge of best practices in all Resource Management Projects programs.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all relevant federal, provincial and municipal laws, acts and regulations, TRCA Policies and Procedures, and industry standards and their application to major task areas.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply engineering and landscape architectural plans, drawings, details and specifications.
  • Current Chainsaw Operator and First Aid / CPR certificates.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with proven leadership and ability to train and coach staff.
  • Basic GPS and computer literacy skills including word processing, spreadsheet and database functions.

Please apply to this posting via our website at https://apply.trca.ca/. Submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting # TRCA-053-19 prior to midnight on March 8, 2019.

While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or drivers abstract check.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

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