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Employment Opportunities

We are currently looking for a Project Manager to join our team!

Project Manager - Naturalizations & Aftercare

Position Summary

We are looking for a tree-loving environmental professional out to make a difference at the local level to take on a high level of responsibility within our organization, planning, implementing and managing our naturalization projects. You will be working with citizens, community and faith groups, schools, and local businesses to plant and maintain thousands of native trees and shrubs each year. Our planting seasons can be busy and intense – your good humour and a passion for the environment will carry you and our volunteers through.

This is a full-time permanent position (37.5 hours/week) with a salary of $41,000 and two weeks of paid vacation per year. There is additional paid leave between Christmas and New Year. The workload is very seasonal, and requires extensive weekend work throughout spring and fall and occasional evening work. Work hours (outside of planting events) are flexible.


·     A degree or diploma in ecology,  aboriculture, biological sciences, environmental studies, or landscape architecture and experience planning, implementing and maintaining large scale naturalization projects;

·     Non-profit organization experience as well as experience working with volunteers is desired;

·     The position requires considerable physical fitness to carry and plant trees during the planting season, as well as some occasional heavy lifting (possibly up to 50 lbs); and

·     Regular access to a vehicle is required as planting locations are often not well served by transit.


The ideal candidate will:

·     Be familiar with and able to identify native Ontario trees and shrubs as well as common invasive species;

·     Have experience planting and caring for trees and shrubs, both in natural and landscaped settings;

·     Be familiar with common pests and diseases of our native tree species;

·     Be able to assess a site for its soils, topology, hydrological and light conditions;

·     Be able to use ArcGIS to create maps and site plans;

·     Be an excellent teacher, able to train volunteers and summer staff on key tasks and concepts;

·     Have excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable working with a large number of volunteers (potentially as many as 150 volunteers at any given event) as well as community partners and landowners;

·     Have experience in managing and adhering to project budgets;

·     Exceptional organizational, time management and project management skills, allowing the implementation of one season while planning the next and providing technical support to other programs when needed; and

·     Experience in grant writing, reporting and data management is an asset.


The Project Manager is primarily accountable for ensuring the success of ReForest London’s naturalization program and our aftercare program. The Project Manager also provides technical support for other programs and projects as needed as well as participates in grant writing and reporting.

1) Plan and implement naturalization projects

·     Identify preferred planting locations, weighing factors such as environmental benefit, ecological linkages and corridors, geographical considerations, cost per tree, likelihood of success, socioeconomic factors of target neighbourhood, and other factors;

·     Determine appropriate species to plant, weighing factors such as growing conditions (sun exposure, soil, and moisture), urban pollution, deer browse, and other factors. This includes preparing and maintaining project related species lists;

·     Work with area landowners and the City of London to develop site plans and project budgets;

·     Complete necessary tasks to prepare for planting events, including plant and mulch ordering, appropriate site preparation, ordering of soil enhancements, arranging for utility locates, tool maintenance and transportation;

·     Lead planting events, which includes volunteer training and supervision; and

·     Maintain and report detailed project information that includes plant lists, numbers of plants planted and maps.

2) Manage our aftercare program

·     Assess past naturalization projects to determine order of priority for aftercare and what tasks should be performed;

·     Train summer staff and volunteers in how to perform aftercare (including but not limited to weeding, mulching, removing tree collars and invasive species);

·     Lead 2-3 aftercare projects each week over summer; and

·     Ensure data tracking and reporting on aftercare activities as well as health and survival statistics.

3) Provide technical guidance to ReForest London that includes, but is not limited to:

·     Trees species and care information for use in other programs and educational tools;

·     Strategic input as it relates to ecological considerations and changes in environmental science;

·     Technical input into future project selection and program direction, especially related to the Million Tree Challenge ( and initiatives with other organizations; and

·     Assist with grant writing and reporting by providing scientific grounding, project implementation and results.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format to Amber Cantell, Director of Programs at by Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Interviews will be held February 19 to February 21 if possible, with an anticipated start date of Monday, March 12 2018 (flexible). All email submissions will be acknowledged as received, but only those called for an interview will be contacted thereafter.

ReForest London Location:

944 Western Counties Road
London, Ontario

N6C 6A9

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