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Crew Leader I - Forestry Division

Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Salary: 30.00/hr to 33.92/hr DOQ, Overtime Eligible


The Village of Glen Ellyn Public Works Department is recruiting for one (1) full-time Crew Leader I position. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a lead worker over a crew within the Forestry Division by performing a variety of semi-skilled and skilled (a 20/80 split between office & Forestry-related field work) tasks. Additional work in the construction, maintenance and repair of public infrastructure as it relates to both emergency and non-emergency Public Works operations is also performed on an as needed basis. This is accomplished by planning and reviewing the work of all skilled maintenance personnel, responding to resident calls and requests, deploying all equipment and materials to effectively complete jobs, and scheduling and assigning work activities.  Supervising and coordinating Forestry contractors is also an important aspect of this position. Other related duties as assigned.  Position reports directly to the Superintendent of Streets and Forestry Divisions.


  • Plan, schedule, prioritize, assign, and oversee daily crew work activities by serving as the lead worker within the Forestry Division.
  • Track, perform and supervise tree planting, tree removals, stump removals, and tree pruning; also coordinates Com Ed top out for parkway trees in power lines.
  • Operates and perform forestry work in a fully extended bucket truck; proficient in climbing and rigging to remove or prune a parkway tree.
  • Provide responsive customer service to citizens by effectively resolving complaints or concerns.
  • Evaluate employee work performance (including part-time seasonal employees); coach and develop employees; inspire confidence; and make recommendations regarding merit raises based on performance evaluations; administer and recommend progressive discipline with sound judgment.
  • Coordinate and oversee Forestry contractors, and monitor performance
  • Evaluate operations and activities in a Division; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Procure supplies and materials; maintain appropriate inventory levels; provide justification of purchases to senior management
  • Operate a salt and plow truck on a primary route and lead snow removal in a quadrant of the village.
  • Prepare and implement snow removal operations according to the snow and ice removal plan, including day or evening snow command responsibilities.
  • Provide accurate documentation of work activity including timesheets, daily activity sheets, schedules, call-out lists, training reports, safety reports, and purchasing.
  • Participate in budget preparation; prepare cost estimates for material and equipment; submit justification for estimates.
  • Assist other divisions in fulfilling responsibilities in the absence of another crew leader, on an as-needed basis. 
  • Participate in the selection of employees; provide and coordinate employee training programs to perform Forestry work and other Public Works activities. 
  • Conduct safety meetings for assigned crew; oversee safety procedures and wearing of proper safety equipment and clothing to mitigate accidents and injuries. 
  • Supervise and perform proper vehicle and equipment maintenance. 
  • Participate in the full range of Public Works Department operations, maintenance, repairs, snow/ice control, and construction duties as needed.


Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and have at least five (5) years of relevant work experience in forestry maintenance functions, including at least one (1) year of previous supervisory or leadership experience preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge skills and abilities for this job. Previous work experience within a municipal Public Works Department Forestry Division is a plus. Qualified candidates shall possess a Certified Arborist designation, and demonstrate a working knowledge of urban forestry practices and procedures. Candidates must possess and maintain a Class B-CDL air brake and tanker endorsements.  Candidates must possess, or have the ability to obtain, an Illinois Pesticide Applicator’s License for turf, ornamentals, and rights of way.

Qualified applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to define problems and exercise good judgment in effectively solving problems.  Must also be able to perform basic mathematical calculations, and possess the ability to comprehend, retain, and apply Village rules and procedure manuals, including any pertinent Federal, State, or local laws.  Must possess considerable knowledge and skill in the operation and maintenance of various heavy-duty tools and equipment, and be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  The ability to develop positive working relationships with the general public, contractors, and Village staff is a critical skill set. Position also requires intermediate skills in the operation of computers and related software and office equipment. 

The duties of this job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, reaching, climbing, walking, lifting and/or moving (up to 50 pounds), grasping, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, and repetitive motions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus. Employee occasionally works around vibrations and noise, moving mechanical parts, confined spaces and underground trenches, heights, and is exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and extreme outdoor temperatures.  Work environment includes both an office setting as well as working outdoors in various types of weather conditions. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Must also respond to after-hours calls and be prepared for and confront emergency conditions as necessary..


The starting base pay offered for this non-exempt (overtime eligible) position is $30.00 to $33.92/hr DOQ, with excellent fringe benefits.


  1. Interested candidates should submit a resume, a cover letter and employment application (click here) to Hard copies (faxed, mailed, hand-delivered) of resumes will be declined.
  2. Applicants must indicate (Job ID: #41-21 Crew Leader I) in the subject line of their e-mail.
  3. The selected finalist will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check, reference check, and a post-offer medical physical with a drug screen.
  4. The position is open until filled; however, first review of resumes and applications will begin on October 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Candidates requiring reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact Human Resources at 630-469-5000.


Employer Info

Glen Ellyn, IL


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