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COVID-19 Update - April 22, 2020                                                             

Dear valued clients,

Yesterday the City of Stratford published a news release regarding the grounds maintenance of properties. The news release is as follows:

Tuesday, April 21 - Landscaping and lawn care

On April 3, the Province of Ontario issued a revised list of essential workplaces and services that are permitted to remain open and operate during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Included on that list is maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings. Landscaping and lawn care businesses that meet those provincial guidelines are allowed to operate in the City of Stratford, provided their work is related to the safety, security and sanitation of properties, and to ensure property standards are being met. That includes lawn cutting, raking, aeration, de-thatching and rolling, as well as clearing yard debris.

Landscaping services that are specifically intended to beautify a property, like flower planting, will not be permitted.

The City of Stratford encourages any business owner/operator with questions about the list of essential workplaces and services, and how they may be affected, to call the Province’s Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

And we urge all businesses, including landscaping and lawn care operations, to follow the guidance of Huron Perth Public Health.

In keeping with the Province’s direction on essential services, the City of Stratford has begun its regular spring maintenance on municipal parks, playgrounds and sports fields to ensure those properties are safe and secure. That includes grass cutting and general maintenance. City staff will not be carrying out any non-essential maintenance or beautification work, including the planting of flowerbeds, until the emergency order is lifted.

Please keep in mind that even though they are being maintained, all of the City of Stratford’s outdoor recreational facilities and amenities remain closed to the public under further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

City of Stratford, Enforcement Dept

I have also spoken with the police officer who is in charge of enforcing the essential list. He has said that we are permitted to start working on maintaining lawns and gardens.

My plan is to start with two small 2-person crews on Friday, April 24th and, after reviewing all the safety regulations and measures at the end of day, to increase this to more crews the week after.  (A practice run, if you will.)

We will start with the cleanup of residential lawns and raking of flowerbeds so that we can start with residential lawn cutting next Thursday, April 30th, and lawn cutting on all properties the week of May 4th.

After the lawns have been cleaned up, we will start with the cleanup of all flowerbeds and mulching, where applicable. We will notify you a day or two before our planned visit for the cleanup. If you are not comfortable with us being on your property, please inform us of that by email.

For the sake of everyone’s safety, and to comply with social distancing best practices, we ask customers not to have contact with the crew that is providing the cleanup. It is fine to acknowledge their presence through a window, but we prefer that you do not go outside to have a discussion with them or even just to welcome them.

If there is anything specific that you like us to do during the first visit, or something that is outside the scope of our intended work, please either call the office or send us an email so that we are aware of that and include it in our services during the first visit.

We will send you our COVID-19 policy and procedures in the next day so that you are aware of them. Thank you for your understanding during the past number of weeks. We are looking forward to maintaining your properties again in a safe and responsible way.

Regards and stay safe,

Johan Bossers

Careers

A Touch of Dutch Landscaping & Garden Services is proud to be a Living Wage Employer in Perth County. We are always happy to hear from individuals who would like to join the A Touch of Dutch Landscaping team. We are willing to train and are interested in enthusiastic individuals who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and professionalism with past work experience.

General qualifications for all positions listed below

  • Working knowledge and experience in a wide variety of landscaping tasks including flowerbed maintenance, lawn maintenance, softscape & hardscape installation will be an asset.
  • Capable of hard physical labor
  • Must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently
  • Must be comfortable with mobile platforms
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have good time management skills
  • Must be able to lift minimum 25 kg
  • Landscape Project Installation applicants with at least 1-2 years of landscape experience are preferred

 

Additional Information
Must have clean class G license with drivers abstract
Must have clean criminal records check
Please note that we reserve the right to contact only those who will be granted an interview

Email resumes to: accounting@atouchofdutchlandscaping.com or click buttons below each job description to apply online via Indeed.

We offer careers in the following positions:

Hardscaping Crew Leader Job Description

We are currently seeking an experienced (at least three years) crew leader to join our hardscaping team. We are looking for a long-term team member interested in career growth and a progressive environment.

The position duties will include installation, maintenance and repair of ponds and water features, patios and pathways (interlocking brick), retaining walls, etc.

In addition to the general qualifications listed above, please note the following role-specific qualifications for this position:

  • ability to read and interpret blue prints
  • time management skills
  • use of laser equipment
  • ability to operate mini-ex/skid steer
  • ability to confidently lead a team through a project from start to finish

The remuneration will be $20 to $30/hour (commensurate with experience and skill level), with opportunity for bonus. Contract runs from April to November depending on weather. Weekly schedule is Monday to Friday (10-hr shifts) with minimal Saturday work. Expected start date is September 14, 2020. We are willing to help sponsor ongoing education efforts and the opportunity for career advancement is strong. We are committed to ensuring an equal opportunity in employment for qualified individuals. We are completely committed as a team to respect for diversity.

Please apply online by selecting the button below. Only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

COVID-19 considerations:
With regards to COVID-19 precautions, we have individual tools and vehicles, mileage reimbursement if own vehicle is used, staggered start time, masks and sanitizer provided. Full COVID-19 policy is available for viewing.

Experience:
Hardscaping: 3 years (Required)

There are no Lawn Maintenance positions currently available

Please check back in early 2021.

There are no Flowerbed Maintenance positions currently available

Please check back in early 2021.

 

There are no Landscape Project Installation positions currently available

Please check back in early 2021.