Location: Greenwood Village, CO
Salary: 20.97-29.29 per hour
The purpose of this position is to perform highly skilled work involved in urban forestry to assure Village parks, landscape areas, open spaces, rights-of-way, and trails are safe, available, clean, functional, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally well-maintained. The position also participates in snow and ice control activities, operates light to heavy construction equipment, and directs a crew of maintenance workers and seasonal workers in the performance of varied duties.
The salary range for the position is $20.97-$29.29 per hour plus an exceptional benefits package including a selection of medical, dental, and vision insurance, recreation reimbursement, retirement programs, tuition reimbursement, and generous paid time off and sick leave.
The hiring range for this position is $20.97-$23.20 per hour.
Essential Functions of the Position Include:
- Cares for trees and shrubs on Village property; coordinates and performs tree and shrub planting for replacement and/or site developments including digging holes either by hand or using equipment; performs fertilization of trees and shrubs.
- Performs technical skills related to tree climbing, pruning, and removal; climbs trees using rope and saddle skills in a safe and efficient manner to prune and remove; adheres to all safety policies and procedures.
- Inspects trees and shrubs for diseases and insects; assesses the health of trees and shrubs to determine which trees are in need of treatment or removal; makes recommendations for tree and shrub treatments and apply pesticides and or chemicals to treat the plant material.
- Safely removes and grinds tree stumps including arranging for utility locates; operates chip truck and chipper; operates chain saws.
- Plants trees using proper techniques; waters newly planted trees; prunes small, medium and large trees; assists with wood disposal.
- Prepares requests for supervisor for new equipment, materials, and supplies.
- Coordinates with other team members to ensure no disruption to other parks activities.
- Performs physically arduous work outdoors and in adverse weather conditions.
- Responds to and performs after-hours calls for service and emergency repair.
- Operates aerial lift vehicle to trim and remove trees safely.
Data Collection and Reporting
- Gathers and provides data to respond to and resolve service requests; provides information and reports to supervisor and management, as necessary.
- Collects and maintains data on tree inventory; maintains necessary logs; maintains records of all maintenance performed on equipment; maintains MSDS data on all chemicals in inventory and ensures material is stored according to standards and codes.
- Utilizes CityWorks, GIS/GPS, AutoCad, etc. for updating and maintaining information.
Parks and Open Spaces Maintenance
- Provides assistance with a variety of parks and open space maintenance duties including, but not limited to, grass and weed mowing and trimming, power raking, and fertilizing; tree and flower bed planting, watering, and maintenance; aeration; application of pesticides for weed eradication; sprinkler irrigation; picking up trash; installs landscaping items such as steel edging, tie walls, bark, and trees and shrubs; chemical application on turf areas, trees, shrubs, open space, natural areas, and shrub and mulched beds; installs, maintains, repairs, and replaces park amenities.
- Operates light to heavy equipment, various hand and power tools and equipment, and other machines to perform assigned duties.
Snow and Ice Control
- Installs plow, sander, and other equipment on trucks; operates snow plows, ATVs, sanders, and related snow removal equipment on an assigned shift.
- Loads sand in trucks using front-end loader and uses front-end loader to remove snow.
- Operates a single or double-axle dump truck to remove snow and apply sand; uses snow blower or shovels snow from walks.
- Works various shifts, as required, to provide necessary coverage; remains on call to respond to weather conditions requiring immediate response.
- Leads, oversees, and participates in the work of the assigned crew of maintenance staff; reviews work to ensure proper work methods and techniques.
- Collaborates with assigned supervisor to determine priorities and objectives; reviews established work schedules for assigned crew.
- Coordinates staff and equipment usage; identifies equipment and material needs; collaborates with other staff and contractors as appropriate.
- Maintains records on equipment and material used; reviews information with assigned lead and supervisory staff.
- Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specification.
- Ensures adherence to standard safety precautions and practices.
- Trains employees in proper work and safety methods.
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Knowledge and Ability Requirements:
The knowledge and skills needed to be successful in this position are typically gained through the attainment of a high school diploma or equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade, and four years of landscape maintenance including a minimum of two years of experience in urban forestry, with proficiency in tree climbing using a rope and saddle.
Candidate must be in possession of, or have the ability to obtain within ninety (90) days, an appropriate, valid Class “B” commercial driver’s license and a driving record satisfactory to obtain coverage by the Village’s insurance carrier for most areas of assignment. Candidate must also be in possession of, or have the ability to obtain within one-year, Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.
Additional preferred certificates include:
- Colorado Department of Agriculture qualified supervisor's license for pesticide application in categories of ornamentals, rangeland, and turf.
- ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
- ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
- ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist
- ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
Candidate must also have the ability to:
Perform a variety of physically demanding work for extended periods of time and in unfavorable weather conditions including extreme heat and / or cold.
Identify trees and shrubs.
Safely climb trees and work in trees for extended periods of time utilizing proper equipment.
Perform heavy manual labor requiring a full range of physical motion including standing, walking, manual digging, pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting and turning, bending, stopping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing, crawling, and reaching for objects.
Operate a variety of maintenance and repair equipment, including various hand and power tools and light and heavy-duty equipment, in a safe and effective manner requiring hand/eye and hand/foot coordination for operation.
Lead and oversee the work of maintenance staff while preforming specific duties related to tree and shrub work.
Interpret, explain, and enforce maintenance policies and procedures.
Perform work along high-volume roadways.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Operate a variety of maintenance and repair equipment, including various hand and power tools and light and heavy equipment, in a safe and effective manner.
Use independent thought and decision making.
Prioritize items needing attention.
Coordinate work site operations for efficiency and safety.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
As a municipal organization, Greenwood Village is an emergency provider of services. Some emergency situations, including weather related emergencies, may necessitate Greenwood Village employees to assist in areas of work which may not be directly related to the employee’s specific job function, but which will be within the physical capabilities, training, and skills of the employee.
Frequently exposed to safety hazards from equipment operated, climbing trees and working in trees, manual labor, and work in high traffic areas. Job frequently requires physical effort requiring lifting of objects weighing over 50 pounds.
This position may involve working a variety of schedules, including evenings and weekends and may be subject to work beyond normal scheduled hours including emergency call in resulting from being called out for emergency situations creating dangerous conditions for the community. Work schedules can be changed with little or no notice and mandatory overtime may be required with little or no advance notification.
This position will be supervised by the Open Space and Urban Forestry Parks Supervisor. The traits most important to leadership within the parks program are a strong customer service and team orientation with a can-do attitude, an ability to work independently to achieve expectations and goals, and the desire to support and enhance departmental outcomes.
The posting will remain open to applicants through Wednesday, September 1st, or longer until the position is filled.
The City of Greenwood Village is dedicated to the principles of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act and prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age over 40, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
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