Lead Hand, Conservation Parks & Lands

Petticoat Creek, 1100 Whites Road, Pickering, Ontario, Canada Req #892
Monday, September 18, 2023

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $65,447.20, Max = $75,857.60

Employment type: Full-Time Permanent

Duration of employment: Permanent

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location:  Petticoat Creek CA/ Claremont Nature Centre (10 Months per year) &

Albion Hills (2 Months per year)

Division: Conservation Parks and Lands

Business unit: Conservation Parks

Travel: 30 %

Remote Work: None


About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.


TRCA is considered the provincial leader in conserving, restoring, and managing natural resources to advance safe and sustainable development.


To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF or Word file prior to midnight on October 2, 2023.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Lead Hand, Conservation Parks & Lands coordinates and oversees the day-to-day operational activities of TRCA’s variety of public-use conservation parks and facilities. This position coordinates and completes general and preventative facility maintenance and contributes to the successful delivery of daily operations and special events. 


Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides on-site direction and daily park operations maintenance, including full spectrum worksite coordination from staff oversight and equipment usage to on-site liaison for all park operations concerns.
  • Coordinates operational activities for conservation park, campground, and/or golf course operations according to service standards.
  • Provides site knowledge and recommendations to inform processes focused on enhancing the functionality, safety, and financial sustainability of TRCA’s public-use facilities.
  • Coordinates daily programs and participates in program planning and development activities. Recommends new concepts and/or possible program enhancements the Supervisor.
  • Oversees general facility maintenance and housekeeping duties in indoor spaces.
  • Completes seasonal grounds maintenance and ensures service delivery standards are met.
  • Safely operates fleet vehicles, utility vehicles, small and large equipment, hand tools and power tools. Completes a seasonal changeover of equipment to ensure that it is either safely stored or readily available for use.
  • Provides training on safe equipment operations for site related work and projects.
  • Arranges and performs preventative equipment and infrastructure maintenance on a regular basis.
  • Depending on the location of work, may oversee one or more of the following:
    • Seasonal operation of aquatic facilities
    • Year-round operation of aquaculture systems
    • Golf irrigation systems
    • Small drinking water systems
  • Acts as an onsite liaison for project managers, organizational partners, contractors, business clients (e.g., commercial filming companies), and other professional contacts.
  • Completes daily site health and safety checks and leads licensed professionals through monthly, semi-annual and/or annual facility inspections. Documents all inspections. Carries out or facilitates the completion of required work. Completes follow-up and evaluation.
  • Participates in and/or leads the daily safety meetings including tailgate meetings, hazard identification and emergency planning.



What will you need to succeed:

Education (degree/diploma/certifications/licenses)

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in Facility Management, Turf Management, Resources Management, Business, or related field of study
  • Valid Ontario Class G driver's license



  • 3+ years of experience in a related field coordinating teams.


Knowledge/Skill/Ability - Competencies

  • Demonstrated skill in facility maintenance, including basic carpentry and construction, minor plumbing, and landscaping. 
  • Strong communication skills to provide clear and concise communication in both non-emergency and emergency situations.
  • Understanding and application of basic mathematical functions (e.g., adding, subtracting, measuring, money computation)
  • Strong communication skills to provide clear and concise communication in both non-emergency and emergency situations.
  • Demonstrates responsive to internal and external customer requests and needs.
  • Ability to use critical thinking to evaluate problems, gather information, understand causes, and identify best possible solutions.
  • Collaborates with others to focus on objectives and effectively delegates work within a team
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite including online software such as MS teams, WebEx, and SharePoint


What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values by demonstrating the following behaviours; integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare)


You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

While Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver's abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.

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 Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to TRCA.  We welcome applications from all qualified persons.  Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process in collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27.  Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Manager of Records Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan. Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880-2308.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Permanent Full-Time
  • Min Hiring Rate $65,447.20
  • Max Hiring Rate $75,857.60
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 30
  • Required Education Diploma
Location on Google Maps
  • Petticoat Creek, 1100 Whites Road, Pickering, Ontario, Canada