Senior Research Technician, Urban Forestry

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Senior Research Technician, Urban Forestry to work in an industry-driven research environment. Vineland is a uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation.

Vineland is situated on treaty lands. These lands are steeped in the rich history of the First Nations including the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from across Turtle Island live and work in Niagara today. Vineland stands with all Indigenous people, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live. As treaty people, residents and caretakers, we are committed to continuous learning and a deep respect for Indigenous people, culture and history.

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions addressing the needs of the horticulture industry and advancing Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and others. In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for project design, execution and reporting under the direction of the Director, Plant Responses and the Environment Program. The role will involve coordinating, planning and leading field research including the management of other technical staff, leading service contract work, monitoring project timelines and managing project budgets.


(*A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request.)

  • Prepare and execute experiments with cross-functional teams that support the goals of Vineland’s programs
  • Conduct research activities in accordance with research proposals, protocols, schedules and deliverables
  • Liaise and coordinate with the greenhouse team and farm crew as required for the set up, maintenance and clean-up of crops in the greenhouse, Cravo or field following biosecurity protocols
  • Take direction from program leaders and scientists and be accountable for assigned research targets
  • Contribute to project development, experimental design and proposal writing
  • Manage the day‐to‐day activities associated with different projects, including monitoring and documenting progress, managing, analyzing and interpreting data
  • Create and share scientific information from research projects, lead the development of research reports, data analysis and assist with the communication of results to clients and collaborators


  • Master’s degree in horticulture, forestry or ecology
  • Minimum of two to three years of research experience in areas of plant science, urban forestry, arboriculture or environmental horticulture science
  • Strong background in research, data analysis and report writing
  • Expertise in urban forestry and knowledge of arboricultural practices
  • Expertise in soil health: field collection practices, key indicators and applications
  • Strong understanding of current technological applications available for addressing urban forestry challenges

We offer:

  • Flexible work arrangement
  • Competitive salary 
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • RRSP matching plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Employee perks
  • Company events


  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
Full Time Position
Closing date: Open until filled
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Apply Today

Please fill out the online application for this position. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing all set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

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