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Green Roof Installer

Job Snapshot: 
Do you have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy working with plants? This technical and labour-intensive position may be right up your alley. The green roof industry is growing quickly! The City of Toronto approved a new by-law that requires green roofs on all new residential buildings over 6 stories. This will open up the sector to lots of new opportunities, so don't delay! Join this exciting and rewarding career today!
Roles & Responsibilities: 
You will be responsible for planting vegetation and installing barriers/membranes and irrigation systems on rooftops, helping to provide insulation in the winter, improve air quality, and make our cement-laden city just a little cooler in the summer. Sometimes, green roofs are designed by sustainable architects, but for smaller businesses, green roof installers may also play a role in the design aspect. With your knowledge of native plants and creative flair, you'll be making something that's both practical and beautiful.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Understanding: knowledge of plants, energy and water saving techniques; LEED principles; basic understanding of buildings, structural support, and load-bearing capacity; familiarity with health and safety regulations.

Skills: roofing/construction, botany, landscaping, attention to detail, team participation, communication.

Education and Recommended Courses: 
Professional accreditation is available through Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in cities across North America. However, on-the-job experience can play a very important role, as this is a relatively new field. General roofing skills are necessary, with landscaping experience a valuable asset. Courses in science, botany, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, sociology, and philosophy are all useful.
Potential Earnings: 
$40,000-$60,000
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: Often working with home owners, the public sector and private companies, you will be a valuable member of a small team.

Atmosphere: You will work mostly outdoors, some heights may be involved.