I’m Craig Bench. I’ve worked as an Urban Forestry Technician for the City of North Vancouver for the past four years. Here is my story…
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: The best parts are:
- Educating the public about the Urban Forest
- The technical aspects within the knowledge, skills and abilities of position
- Working outside in Urban and Natural Areas
- Working with trees as a career
- Learning from other local government Arborists
Q: How did you come to decide to pursue a career in this occupation?
A: I started my career as a Trade Landscape Horticulturist and quickly became interested in tree pruning and maintenance. After taking a tree climbing course I became very inspired to pursue a career in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.
Q: What are good traits or skills that someone should have when considering this career?
A: Key traits are:
- Technical aptitude.
- Passion for nature and interests in outdoor recreation.
- Self-motivated and determined.
- Good communicator who shares knowledge with others.
- Team oriented.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in the Parks Sector?
A: My advice would be:
- If starting career out of school obtain 3-5 years experience in private sector before considering a Local Government career.
- Monitor job postings for full-time positions and read position specifications.
- When applying for a position consider geographic location and if you would work there long term.
- Set out career goals and apply for positions that will fulfill those goals.
Q: Do you have any hiring practices tips to share?
A: Arrive at an interview prepared with a portfolio including pictures that reflect the position you are applying for, be professional, and prepare any questions you may have about the position in advance.