Landscape Operator

  • Western University
  • 1151 Richmond St., London, ON, Canada
  • Sep 07, 2023
Contract Landscaping Landscaping

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 40

Hourly Rate: $22.52

Please note, this is a temporary full-time contract opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 29th, 2024.

About Western

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.

About Us

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 Landscape Operator 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
-   Maintain, at minimum, a valid Ontario G Driver’s License
-   Maintain a current First Aid Certificate including CPR where required

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   Comprehensive knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to landscape services
-   In-depth understanding of tools, equipment, principles, materials, and terminology associated with landscape services
-   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 landscape maintenance and installation vehicles and equipment
-   Ability to investigate, identify, analyze and document information in written or electronic form and resolve problems, as well as organize and order work materials, tools, and support staff in the shop and on the job site
-   Ability to meet the physical demands of the role, including to lift and transport materials, bend, excavate, climb and reach repetitively, as well as to 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, and 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
-   Dependable and co-operative disposition with ability to establish a rapport with customers, leaders and peers, as well as to interact with others in positive ways which develop mutual understanding, respect and productive relationships

Union Statement

Western welcomes applications from all qualified individuals; however, it is the university's policy to give first consideration to qualified CUPE 2361 applicants.

Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce current record check(s) (e.g. vulnerable sector, criminal record and police information) from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

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, Indigenous 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.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #32485 by midnight on September 27, 2023.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.