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Town of High River Invites applications for a Permanent, Full-time Urban Forester

At the Town of High River, people come first. We are looking for a Urban Forrester to join our organization and contribute to our culture focused on accountability, excellence, and connection.

The Community

High River provides the warmth and familiarity of a small town, featuring countless outdoor trails and parks that await your next adventure. Our downtown offers a variety of unique stores and businesses who take pride in fostering connection in our community. High River is a people-first community where families put down roots for generations. Nestled within Foothills County with the Rocky Mountains framing the view to your west, our community of 14,000 is rooted in people and promotes an environment to help you build lasting relationships.

The Organization

Through the dedication and passion of our 150 employees, we deliver important services to the community. Our purpose, or why we do what we do, is because we want to make a difference in our community now and for generations to come (our ‘why’). To achieve this, we inspire and respect one another, we can be counted on, we are better together, and we dare to be different (our ‘how’).

We’ve embarked on a workplace culture journey that has enhanced our commitment to people; both our employees and the community we serve. We have identified three pillars to achieve our workplace culture: Accountable, Excellence and Connected (ACE). 

The Role

Parks and Recreation put people first and improve the quality of life in our community by fostering active healthy living and wellness. Parks, including urban forestry, contributes to this vision by providing solid maintenance practices for Parks and Greenspaces so that all visitors and residents can enjoy. We currently have 700 acres (or 283 hectares) of parks, boulevards, and green spaces. High River offers a beautiful setting with mature trees and natural areas; we appreciate the value of the trees, which are an integral part of the community’s beauty. The Urban Forrester is responsible for the sustainability of new and existing trees, as well as management of natural growth areas on Town properties. This role will assist the Supervisor in day to day oversight of seasonal Parks staff.

To be successful you will have a certificate or diploma or degree in related field such as arboriculture, horticulture, agriculture, turf management, or natural resources management or a minimum of two years related experience. One year of supervisory experience is considered an asset. You will also certificates such as ISA Certified Arborist, Alberta Pesticide Applicator, Canadian Certified Playground Inspector. Familiarity in tree biology and basic botany is considered an asset.

To explore this career opportunity, or to find additional information, please visit our website at, click on Careers. To submit your application, please email your cover letter and resume to no later than September 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted