April 14, 2021
LO Seeks Landscape Horticulture Instructors April 2021

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LO) is hiring part-time and full-time qualified Technical Training Instructors to support the delivery of the GROW (Get Ready for Opportunities at Work) New Entrant Training and Employment Program that will launch in June 2021 and will continue during the winter of 2022 across 3 regions (Hamilton, Toronto, and Muskoka/Kawartha regions)

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Apply to:

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter specifically outlining why you are interested in this position and how your specific experience, qualities and interests will support your ability to thrive and contribute to this position to: 

Program Manager Amanda Laszcz by email - alaszcz@landscapeontario.com

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until: May 12, 2021 at 5 pm. Early applications are encouraged. We thank all those who apply, only those shortlisted will be contacted for a potential interview. 

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is committed to accessibility in employment and to providing equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODALOHTA will endeavor to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the Director of Education & Workforce Development upon scheduling your interview. 



Job Description

The Technical Training Instructors are key positions in the delivery of a technical training program that will recruit and train Ontarians who have experienced difficulty in the labour market in three regions. The training program will prepare selected participants with basic knowledge and applied skills to successfully enter the landscape horticultural industry in targeted entry level positions. The program is designed, led and delivered by Landscape Ontario, the provincial industry association representing 2600 industry employers from across the province, based on feedback and engagement with regional employers.

As Technical Training Instructors, these positions will contribute to a team that is responsible for delivering a training curriculum based on the workforce needs of the industry in each region and the learning needs of targeted participants. The curriculum is designed to deliver a 4-week applied technical and employment training program that provides the required entry level knowledge, applied hard and soft skills, and expectations for new entrant workers to complete a 2-week work placement with a chosen employer, and to be successful in a career in the landscape and horticulture industry. All instructors will provide training that aligns with the learning objectives based on the Program Advisory Committee guidance so that participants’ meet minimum skills requirements. All instructors will be responsible for the delivery of the technical training, providing feedback and mentoring of training participants to support success.

Specifically, this position will be responsible for:

  • Working collaboratively with the Technical Training Instructional team to collectively achieve program goals, and improve on/update the foundation of the applied training program with specific learning objectives based on regional industry and participant feedback; 
  • Delivering technical training online and/or in person in Hamilton, Toronto, and/or Muskoka/Kawartha regions; 
  • Administering applied skills and knowledge assessments; 
  • Creating and maintaining an effective, high quality applied learning and training environment that reflects the culture and expectations of the industry; 
  • Workplace Health and Safety is modelled and consistently reinforced and required of participants during training; 
  • Leading a positive training culture and maintaining a standard of high expectations coupled with care to support the program participants towards achieving their goals; 
  • Proactively troubleshooting issues as they arise; 
  • Providing ongoing coaching/mentoring and feedback to program participants; 9. Participating in team-based case management with other team members to support participants’ progress and success during training and employment;
  • Supporting monitoring and tracking of the technical training progress of participants; 10. Providing feedback to recruitment and placement staff to inform employment placements and continuous improvement; 
  • Maintaining records, grading and tracking progress of program completion and outcomes 12. Recording marks and submitting reports on digital platforms in a timely manner; 13. Participating in and implementing continuous improvement activities throughout the life of the project; 
  • Other responsibilities as required. 

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of 2 years of proven experience in instructional and/or training experience on-the-job or in the classroom in the landscape horticultural sector; 
  • A minimum of 3 years of proven and recent supervisory experience within the landscape horticultural sector; 
  • A minimum of 5 years awareness and experience in supervisory worker training and Health & Safety compliance; 
  • The ability to support processes that lead to the development and delivery of relevant curriculum
  • The ability to understand, impart knowledge and and train others on the the core requirements and competencies of in-demand jobs, with a focus on core technical requirements; 
  • Clear professional written and verbal communication, presentation and program delivery skills in a technical training environment;The ability to inspire and lead a group of participants towards their goals and careers in the industry;
  • The ability to represent and communicate the career opportunities and work expectations in the industry; 
  • A commitment to inclusive classrooms and workplaces; 
  • The ability to provide effective on-the-job feedback and coaching to participants;
  • Very strong ability to build rapport and demonstrate empathy and non-judgement for program participants; 
  • The ability to create a safe, high quality, supportive, yet rigorous training and learning environment;
  • A resourceful approach to problem solving; 
  • Very effective conflict resolutions skills;
  • Strong organizational and classroom coordination skills; 
  • Strong collaboration and team participation skills; 
  • The ability to proficiently use MS Office Suite, Google Suite, Zoom, and other software and database programs, and learn new computer skills is a very strong asset; 
  • A vehicle and driver’s license; 
  • The ability to travel to program locations; 
  • A desire to learn and grow; 
  • The ability to adapt and evolve with the needs of the project. 

Reports to: 

This position reports to the Lead Technical Training Instructor and the Workforce Development Program Manager. Works directly with: Project staff, partners, employers, system service providers, participants etc. 


Based on experience and Part Time or Full Time Contract. 


Part time/Full time Hourly Contract Position. Based on established training schedule that ends no later than March 2022 


Office is in Milton, Ontario 

Program Delivery Areas: 

  • Toronto 

  • Golden Horseshoe/Hamilton 

  • Muskoka/Kawartha 

About Landscape Ontario 

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LO) was established over 40 years ago with a mandate to promote and advance the Landscape and Horticulture industry through leadership, community, professionalism and stewardship. Landscape Ontario represents 2600 members employing over 70,000 employees in Ontario in nine geographical chapters and across 10 occupational Sectors. LO recognizes the competitive environment around attracting and retaining the current workforce employed by 'employers of choice' to support the design, installation and maintenance of healthy green infrastructure and providing sustainable solutions to issues created by weather events. With the industry's vision to be recognized as professionals that provide economic, environmental and health & wellness benefits for every community, LO strives to be the hub that creates opportunities for the current and future workforce to advance their careers and pathways to support this growing industry.