Utility Arborist

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Position Details

At Hydro One,Utility Arborists serve an apprenticeship through the Hydro One/PWU Joint Forestry Training Committee (JFTC) to become a Utility Arborist.

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.

Apprentices also receive additional training to become a Regional Maintainer - Forestry. This includes Hydro One specific training. 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.

Training & Experience

The apprenticeship for a Utility Arborist is made up of four 1500 hour terms. First term apprentices earn 50% of the journeyperson wage and progress 10% each term. Each term is approximately 9 months in length. The apprenticeship includes a 7 week orientation session and 3 in school training sessions totaling 7 weeks in length at a Hydro One training facility.

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).

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


Utility Arborist Apprentices are required to travel and work throughout the province.

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, you will be encouraged to apply for Utility Arborist opportunities anywhere in the Hydro One system.

Compensation & Benefits

In addition to enjoying a satisfying career with fellow skilled trade's people, you are paid while learning and enjoy an excellent benefit package. Apprentices start at $23.70/hr which includes benefits, pension and vacation pay, with pay adjustments upon completion of each term.

At Hydro One, fully qualified Utility Arborists earn a total wage package of approximately $42.40/hr which includes benefits, pension and vacation pay.

Position Demands

This work will appeal to those individuals that enjoy physical work that is primarily outdoors in all types of weather conditions. You will be required to work at heights, on ladders, in aerial devices and in trees.

Next Steps

Prior to proceeding to the application process, please ensure you have the following information readily available to complete your application. If you do not have this information, please refer to the FAQ section for further information before proceeding.

  • Electronic copy of your personal Resume to be available for copy and paste (mandatory)
  • Electronic copy of your cover letter to be available for copy and paste (optional)
  • For the Electrician, Powerlines Technician, Utility Arborist, Truck and Coach Technician and Cable Splicer apprenticeships, a copy of your High School Transcript(s) which includes course codes and marks (mandatory)
  • For Meter Technician Trainee applicants, if you are selected for an interview, you will be required to send us a copy of your College Diploma or University Degree showing successful completion of the mandatory Community College/University programs. (mandatory)
  • We'll keep your application on file for up to one year and contact you if your qualifications match any of our future Utility Arborist Apprenticeship opportunities.

    Hydro One recruits on a seasonal basis throughout the year. Please visit the Hydro One & Power Workers Web Site(s) for future job postings.

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