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Hydro One and the Power Workers’ Union (PWU) require individuals to work as Utility Arborist Apprentices through the Hydro One/PWU Joint Forestry Training Committee (JFTC). The JFTC is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an apprenticeship training program as provided in Appendix “A” between Hydro One and the PWU.

Job Title

Utility Arborist Apprentice


Throughout the Province


PWU Hiring Hall

Educational Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Mathematics (or equivalents)

Applications Accepted Starting on

December 1, 2016

Deadline to Apply

December 31, 2016

Wages (starting):

$19.86 (plus Vacation & Statutory Holiday Pay, Retirement Plan & Benefits)

Job Overview

At Hydro One, Utility Arborists serve an apprenticeship to become a certified Utility Arborist. As a Utility Arborist apprentice, you are enrolled in and are expected to complete the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Utility Arborist apprenticeship.

As a member of the Hydro One/PWU Team, Utility Arborists perform the line clearing adjacent to distribution and transmission electrical lines and associated equipment. The work is performed by climbing a tree, from an aerial device or from the ground. They also carry out all phases of vegetation management including the application of pesticides. The ability to work with chainsaw, wood/branch chipper and related arboriculture tool operations is required. Their primary duty is to maintain power service to Hydro One customers. 

Utility Arborists

·         Removing brush, diseased trees and branches that have potential to interfere with electricity distribution and transmission lines

·         Work with a partner or as part of a crew

·         Communicate hazards; reposition bucket truck; maintenance; chain and blade replacement; trimming from ground level; branch and/or tree cutting as a designated observer

·         Remove cut/remove brush and small trees on transmission and distribution right of ways

·         Perform brush clean up and chipping: cut branches into manageable pieces with chainsaw/hand saw; feed branches into chipper; sweeping/raking/ shoveling woodchips and debris.



Applicants for this work will be required to travel and work throughout the province and may be stationed at any Hydro One facility throughout the province.


Applicants for these positions must have successfully completed Grade 12 or the equivalent including Grade 12 Mathematics (or equivalent) and Grade 12 English (or equivalent).  A valid Ontario driver’s license is also required.

Your success is based on a good work ethic, quality skills and a great attitude. Related work experience is an asset.

Working Environment

Utility Arborist Apprentices are required to travel and work throughout the province.  The work will appeal to those individuals that enjoy physical work that is performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions.  You will be required to work at heights, on ladders, in aerial devices and in trees. 

The PWU and Hydro One thank all those who apply; however, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

All applicants must apply through the electronic application system available through links at the Hydro One (, the Power Workers’ Union ( or the Trade Up for Success ( websites.

Only applications received prior to December 31, 2016 will be considered for positions available in 2017.  The expected employment start date is January 2017.

**** Qualified Aboriginal candidates should send a copy of their cover letter and resume to once they have applied online.****

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