UNIFOR - Arborist

Revision Date: August 2010
Classification: Arborist
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical plant of the University, including construction, renovations, provision of utility services, and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Arborist is responsible for the installation and maintenance of trees. This includes pruning, diagnosing and treating plant diseases and pests and maintaining a current plant inventory. This work is carried out using prevailing tools of the trade, professional procedures and the observation of prevailing safety regulations.


  • Responsible for the installation and maintenance of all species of trees.
  • Operates a variety of mechanized equipment, power and hand tools related to arboriculture.
  • Operates aerial devices for tree maintenance and set-ups for special events.
  • Operates tree spades.
  • Maintains a computerized inventory of more than 8,000 trees at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus to track their individual locations, value, health, dimensions and maintenance history.
  • Applies pesticides and herbicides in accordance with prevailing regulations.
  • Applies fertilizers and soil or plant amendments as indicated by tests or professional diagnosis.
  • Performs root flare injections or similar procedures for the control and treatment of disease.
  • Prunes trees using conventional and specialized professional techniques including rope and saddle, aerial bucket, tree surgery, cabling and bracing, high tension utilities pruning felling and at-ground pruning.
  • Responsible for the care and maintenance of nursery stock.
  • Assists with the planning, designing and estimating of various landscaping projects.
  • Assists with the coordination of Campus Beautification Day activities.
  • Assists with the training of staff with respect to proper horticultural and arboricultural practices.
  • Performs minor repairs and inspections to equipment, tools and vehicles.
  • Performs the duties of similar or lower level classifications for which the incumbent is qualified when required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Holds a recognized certificate or diploma in arboriculture, horticulture or groundskeeping.
  • Must be willing to take upgrading courses in arboriculture and horticulture.
  • Has held a professional Arborist certification through the International Society of Arboriculture and is able to obtain a Province of Manitoba Arborist license
  • Holds a valid Province of Manitoba Pesticide Applicator's license or is willing and able to obtain one.
  • Class 5 driver's license with air brake endorsement.


  • Demonstrated professional experience in pruning techniques, arboriculture and landscaping.
  • Minimum of four years experience as an Arborist.
  • Thorough knowledge of plants indigenous to, and grown in, climatic zones 2 and 3.

Skills and Abilities

  • Willingness to take upgrading courses.
  • Willingness to work varied schedules and shifts.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must understand and be willing to participate in all safety initiatives designed to ensure the well-being of all staff members.
  • Strong organizational skills

Physical Requirements

  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.