Senior Arborist Technician
Location: Longmont, CO
Salary: $25.70-28.56 /hr
DEFINITION: Under the direction of the City Forester, assists and supports the City’s Forestry Services Program which includes the health, safety, and aesthetics of public trees within the City. Under minimal supervision, perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks related to care and maintenance of trees, including the operation and maintenance of various specialized equipment.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Performs technical urban forestry functions for tree care operations. Prune, remove, and maintain City-owned trees and other vegetation. Respond to tree maintenance needs and storm damage situations. Plant, water, and mulch trees. Operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools. Operate aerial lift, grappler, stump grinder, chipper, and skid steer. Performs tree maintenance operations in compliance with industry standards and specifications. Coordinates and implements tree pruning rotation and removal programs. Prepare and administer bid specifications. Compile and monitor tree maintenance contracts. Determines pruning needs on an individual basis: classifies type of pruning work to be performed and provides specific written instructions in preparation for contracted bids. Respond to issues related to sick, damaged, or hazardous trees. Identify tree species and inspect for health and safety including tree risk assessments (formally known as tree safety inspections). Coordinates Tree Contractor Licensing program and administers field tests for contractors. Assist in maintaining GIS tree inventory program. Assist with educational programs such as Arbor Day. Exercises appropriate level of initiative and judgement to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority. Oversees and directs the work of field crews, in conjunction with Arborist II. Respond to public service requests when assigned. Provide information to the public relative to tree care and arboricultural practices. Compiles required reports regarding daily operations, pesticide applications, tree risk assessment, and contract work as needed. Recommend and assist in the implementation of forestry goals and objectives; implement approved policies and procedures. Assists other division and department staff with forestry related problems and situations as well as provides trainings to forestry staff and other departments. Conducts interviews, makes job offers, and terminates seasonal employees with the Forester’s authorization. Attends trainings, seminars, and meetings as required. Performs essential duties and additional tasks in a manner which enhances City Attributes. WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed outside most of the time, under varying and extreme weather conditions. Ability to work in environmental conditions which may include excessive noise, dust, pollen, gases, oils solvents and chemicals including a variety of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Work requires considerable physical effort including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, pulling, pushing, walking, and standing for extended periods of time. Work also involves the ability to perform duties at a variety of heights. Work may be performed on weekends; overtime and adjusted schedules may also be required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of an associate’s degree Natural Resources Management, Forestry, Horticulture, or other related fields or completion of Forestry Certificate from an accredited college. A minimum of 24 months experience comparable to an Arborist Technician II. Arborist Technician II is a general term and applicant must have a minimum of 24 months experience working in the Forestry industry. Completion of community first aid and CPR, and defensive driving training plus additional related training approved by the Division. Possession of an ISA certified arborist credential. Possession of a valid class "B" CDL with airbrake endorsement or ability to obtain within first 6 months of employment. Possession of or ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certifications within first 12 months of employment. Preferred Requirements are: Certified Pesticide Applicators License, knowledge of irrigation systems and basic irrigation repair and the ability to communicate in Spanish. Selection process will include complete job description review, personal interview, criminal background check, substance screening and physical abilities test.
DEADLINE: CITY APPLICATION (required) must be successfully submitted by 11:59 pm on October 16, 2019. The online application process is available for this position on our website at www.longmontcolorado.gov. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the City Application. For more information, call (303) 651-8609.
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