Reporting to the Manager of Urban Forestry, this position is responsible for the daily supervision of Forest Protection Officers, coordination and administration of development and non-development related tree permit applications as it pertains to compliance with public and private tree by-laws. This position is responsible for conducting site inspections to ensure conformity with applicable by-laws and other relevant legislation or policies and ensuring that applicable by-laws are not being contravened.
Responsibilities 1. Supervise the daily operations, including workload distribution and training of a team of Forest Protection Officers engaged in the administration, education and enforcement of the public and private tree bylaws.
2. Co-ordinates and oversees the review of tree permit applications submitted through the development application process, as well as non-development related applications.
3. Develops and evaluates performance measures; including volume of development and non-development tree permit applications in the section and associated fees.
4. Provides input to the annual operating budget.
5. Facilitates intra-departmental coordination for the administration of all tree permit applications.
6. Prepares and reviews reports, including those prepared for Council and Committee that impact the urban forest. Provides comments, recommendations, or specifications to other departments, outside agencies, or the general public.
7. Liaises with Supervisor of Forest Planning and Health to coordinate private tree planting initiatives and program administration.
8. Reviews forestry-related development requirements of complex files with applicants, negotiates with the applicant as required to minimize disputes brought forward to Council and mediates concerns from various parties with respect to the Forestry requirements and standards. Responds to public, staff and elected officials on inquiries and facilitates resolutions to complex issues.
9. Writes and issues applicable infraction notices, tickets and Orders to comply, and follow up responsibilities.
10. Advises Forest Protection Officer’s as to the appropriate legal action to pursue and preparation of documents for Provincial Offences Court.
11. Researches and coordinates with the City of Burlington solicitors, the preparation of evidence for presentation in court and provides that evidence under oath.
12. Represents the department at Public Meetings of Community groups, citizens and business associations and tenant and landlord associations.
13. Researches and prepares by-laws, memorandums, correspondence, and reports as required.
Requirements Degree or Diploma in Arboriculture, Forestry, or a related field. Arborist Certification with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and/or Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), as well as Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) is required. Certified Municipal Law Enforcement Officer (M.L.E.O.) designation, or the ability to obtain within 6 months is required. Knowledge of the Planning Act, the Municipal Act, the Forestry Act is required.
Experience: 5 years, including 2 in a supervisory capacity