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Nursery and Landscape Specialist

Posted on May 30, 2022

Do you want to play a key role in supporting the sustainable growth of the Nursery and Landscape sector in Ontario?

If so, this is your opportunity to help us transform new research and ideas into practical programs, products and services that will ensure Ontario’s nursery and landscape sector remains competitive and environmentally sustainable, both now and into the future.

The Ministry
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs helps to build a stronger agri-food sector by investing in the development and transfer of innovative technologies, retaining and attracting investment, developing markets, providing regulatory oversight, and providing effective risk management tools. The ministry also helps enable rural Ontario to build strong, vital communities with diversified economies and healthy social and environmental climates.

The Division
The Economic Development Division is responsible for programs and services to support information technology transfer. Staff work with farmers, agri-businesses, municipalities, and other partners in the agriculture and rural sectors to identify needs and opportunities, adopt new technologies and make sound business decisions. It is responsible for expanding Ontario food and agricultural sales in export and domestic markets, and providing support to the processing industry through investment attraction, investment retention and sector development.

The Branch
The Agriculture Development Branch is responsible for dealing with issues relating to agricultural production (crops and livestock), business management and marketing, and coordinates the delivery of technology programs across Ontario. The branch promotes high-quality agricultural production through the application of best management practices, on-farm quality assurance programs, and plant and animal health strategies.

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.
We offer:
• A defined benefit pension plan
• Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits, which include adoptive parents
• Comprehensive Health Plan
• Life and Disability insurance
• Flexible work arrangements
• Collegial and professional work culture
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role

What can I expect to do in this role?
In this role, you will:
• act as the lead Provincial Specialist related to nursery and landscape.
• lead Ontario’s technology transfer activities through the development, coordination and implementation of strategies, policies and programs.
• coordinate research and projects designed to assess the applicability of new and existing practices, products, technologies and programs as they relate to the nursery and landscape sector.
• act as a liaison between the research community and industry.
• manage contentious and high-priority issues.

Location: Guelph

How do I qualify?
• In order to conduct site visits at rural and remote locations, you must hold a valid Ontario driver’s licence.

Specialized Knowledge:
• You have expert knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, principles and practices of production, and business management as it relates to the nursery and landscape sector.
• You have knowledge of production practices and economics within the nursery and landscape sector to develop expert leading-edge information and education materials that will assist clients.
• You have knowledge of the agricultural industry (economics, social importance, roles and mandates of farm and commodity organizations).
• You have knowledge of acts and regulations that impact the nursery and landscape sector.

Research, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills:
• You have knowledge of research methods and practices to investigate viability and applicability of new methods, techniques and technologies, and analyze the validity of research findings.
• You have analytical and evaluative skills to investigate issues, new trends and developments related to production, management and marketing in the nursery and landscape sector, community economic development, and environmental sustainability.
• You have analytical and problem-solving skills to assess the educational and training needs of industry clients.

Consultation, Facilitation and Interpersonal Skills:
• You have knowledge of techniques and methods of adult education to develop and deliver educational and training materials.
• You have knowledge of consultation, facilitation and needs assessment techniques to consult with clients on program and information needs.
• You can demonstrate tact, diplomacy and consensus-building skills to establish and enhance partnerships, coalitions and networks.
• You have interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective multi-jurisdictional working relationships and demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with clients.

Communication Skills:
• You have oral communication skills to present information, options and recommendations.
• You have written communication skills to develop professional documents, reports and educational materials.

Project Management, Planning and Coordination Skills:
• You have project management, planning and coordination skills to manage own and project team on concurrent projects and activities.
• You can forecast and monitor project budgets and administer contracts.

Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Anti-Racism:
We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code . Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: $1,496.81 – $1,910.51 Per Week

Additional information:
• 1 Permanent, 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, West Region

• Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
• The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 181405, by Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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