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Arborist Technician

Location: San Francisco, CA
Salary: $31.44 - $43.08/hour; $5,449.00 - $7,466.00/month; $65,390.00 - $89,596.00/year

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Under general supervision, the 3434 Arborist Technician performs duties involving the maintenance and removal of trees and other vegetation and performs related duties as required. The essential functions of this class include climbing up trees and/or using aerial lift equipment to reach dead, damaged or unwanted limbs or tree tops for removal and pruning, or for purposes of complete tree removal; performing various types of rigging with cranes, skitters, tractors and other heavy equipment; preparing brush for disposal, operating chipper and driving aerial lift equipment vehicles, heavy loader trucks or other required vehicles.

Nature of the work involves exposure to a high risk of physical injury to the employee and constant vigilance to public safety. Positions in this job code require considerable physical demands, manual dexterity with frequent exposure to arduous and disagreeable working conditions, including inclement weather.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

1. Assesses and evaluates condition of trees and other vegetation; maintains tree inventories.

2. Climbs trees and removes dead, diseased or otherwise damaged or unwanted limbs or tree tops; prunes, fells and cuts up trees; piles trimmings for pick up and disposal.

3. Performs various types of rigging in connection with this work; operates chain and hand saws, aerial ladder truck, chipper, and other equipment.

4. Drives heavy equipment.

5. Performs related duties as assigned. 

Announcement: 3434 Arborist Technician - City and County of San Francisco

Minimum Qualifications


Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).


Three (3) years of verified journey-level experience as a tree work professional. Duties must have included climbing trees of considerable height for the purpose of removing tree limbs, treetops or entire tree in accordance with safety standards. Experience in pruning trees from a ladder is not qualifying experience.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license at the time of application; AND
Possession of a valid California Class B driver’s license with no air brakes restriction is required upon completion of the probationary period.


Completion of an Arborist Technician Apprenticeship Program approved by the Director of Human Resources.


The City and County of San Francisco Arborist Technician Apprenticeship Program requires possession of ISA certifications. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Announcement: 3434 Arborist Technician - City and County of San Francisco

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Angie Ignao, by telephone at 415-554-6107, or by email at

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience or training, and licensure at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Note: Falsifying one’s experience, training, or licensure or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Application:
Applicants are required to complete a Supplemental Application as part of the application process. The purpose of the Supplemental Application is to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this recruitment. It is essential that an applicant provide complete information in identifying their experience. The Supplemental Application will be used to evaluate if an applicant meets the minimum qualifications.

Performance Examination Part I and Part II (Pass/Fail):
Candidates will be instructed to perform tasks in order to determine their ability to correctly tie safety knots and perform chainsaw maintenance. Only those candidates who pass Parts I and II will advance to the next component (Part III) of the performance examination.

Performance Examination Part III (Weighted 100%):
Candidates will be instructed to perform tasks in order to determine their ability to safely climb trees. Candidates who are successful in this component will be ranked on the eligible list based on their relative skill in this area.

Date of Examination: Those applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time, and place to report to the examination.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


Employer Info

2323 Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco, California 94124


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