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Arborist Technician Contract Instructor – Competition ID: 1056

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Arborist Technician Contract Instructor – Competition ID: 1056


POSITION START: January 2022

KPU proudly offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers. 


The School of Horticulture invites applications for Part-Time Non-Regular Type 1 Contract Instructor(s) to teach four courses in our Arborist Technician Apprenticeship program. The program commences January 10 to March 4, 2022 and is offered at the Langley campus.

The following are brief descriptions of specific courses and supplementary qualifications:

AARB 1011 – The Safety Conscious Arborist. The apprentice will identify the regulations that impact arboriculture activities. They will identify work site hazards, contribute to the development of safe work plans and implement safe work plans. The will be able to respond to emergencies such as climbing arborist evacuations, fires and hazardous material spills.

AARB 1014 –Falling and Bucking. Apprentices will learn how to safely operate and maintain a chain saw. The appropriate use of chain saws and other tools in tree falling and bucking will be discussed and demonstrated by apprentices. The recognition and mitigation of the hazards associated with falling and bucking will be discussed and demonstrated.

AARB 1015 – Rigging & Climbing. Apprentices will explain the purposes, techniques, and limitations of rigging. They will tie a range of knots used in rigging and be able to identify and select the ropes and knots appropriate to a variety of rigging tasks. They will identify, maintain and inspect the rigging hardware. Apprentices will also select and inspect basic climbing gear.

AARB 1016 – Tools & Equipment. Apprentices will demonstrate the safe and effective operation of a chipper and stump grinder. They will demonstrate the ground tasks associated with aerial lift truck operations. Apprentices will operate and single axle dump truck and be able to attach and load equipment onto a trailer safely and legally. Note the apprentice must have a valid driver's licence. Apprentices will also operate and maintain a variety of hand and small power tools. They will practice the safe use and inspection of ladders.

There is a three-day a week commitment for 8 weeks as the classes are scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Applicants interested in applying to teach can find further information on the School of Horticulture by visiting our website at   

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72 Avenue
Surrey Upper West, BC V3W 2M8


Minimum general qualifications for this position include 5 years of relevant experience. Preference will be given to individuals with current ISA Certification and experience in post-secondary teaching.

Darlene Leitch
(604) 599-2150
Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.