Job Detail

Tree Care Specialist

Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Salary: $52,457.60 - $63,772.80 Annually

Knock on wood – I want this job!

- Does climbing trees put a smile on your face? How about planting and pruning trees, plants and shrubbery while overlooking a world class, white sand beach?

- Are you first out of the gate to remove dead trees, fallen tree limbs and other plant debris from streets, sidewalks, and walking paths?

- Do you have a knack for diagnosing and treating diseased trees?

- Is switching between double line and SRT second nature to you?   

- Do you enjoy working on a team of staff who are dedicated, skilled, safety-conscious and easy to be around while working on a variety of projects large and small?

Then this opportunity may be for you!


City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located along the central coast in Monterey County, California and is rich in natural beauty. The City prides itself on the preservation of its character - white sand beach, verdant forest, natural and environmentally-sensitive parklands and roadside greenbelts. First incorporated as a City in 1916, this unique coastal community was founded by artists and writers. The City is one square mile in area. Its 3,800 residents are very involved in the City. 


Examples of Duties


Position Details

Remove dead trees, limbs, and other debris resulting from storm damage and disease, or old age.

Diagnose and treat tree insect and disease problems.

Install, inspect, and maintain tree cables and braces.

Use, inspect for safety, and maintain tree climbing equipment including climbing belt, spurs, flip lines, and ropes; use ropes, high ranger, hand saws, and power saws to climb and top trees; check ropes for wear and breakage.

Determine limbs to be removed; rig ropes in trees and determine placement of ropes for easiest and safest removal of limbs; check location of power lines, personnel, equipment, pedestrians, and traffic before cutting limbs.

Remove and grind stumps.

Operate, inspect for safety, and maintain forestry equipment including boom lift truck, chipper, chain saws, pruners, loppers, and related equipment…

Eager for more info? Please click on the job description link.


Typical Qualifications

What does it take to throw your hat in the ring and be considered for this position?

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

- Experience

One year of work experience involving tree maintenance including some tree trimming, climbing, and planting experience.

 - Training

Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in tree care and maintenance.

 - License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Pesticide Applicator’s license.

 Preferred Qualifications

Possession of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist Certification.

Possession of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist or Aerial Lift Specialist.

 Special Requirements

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 80 lbs.; exposure to heights, noise, outdoors, vibration, confining work space, chemicals, dust, explosive materials, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards; ability to travel to different sites; availability for emergency on-call and call out.


Supplemental Information

And there’s more!


  • Insurance: Participation in CalPERS medical plans; City-paid basic Delta Dental and VSP coverage for employee and dependents; City-paid life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance coverage. City covers 80% of the medical plan premium cost and 100% of the basic dental and vision plans’ premium costs for employee and dependents.

  • Retirement: Covered by the CalPERS retirement system based on eligibility and enrollment history.

  • Deferred Compensation Plan: City contributes $100.00 monthly on behalf of eligible PEPRA employees to IRS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (currently through CalPERS/Voya or Nationwide).

  •  Vacation Leave Accrual: 1- 4 years of service = 80 hours per year; 5 -10 years of service = 120 hours per year; 11 - 14 years of service = 160 hours per year; 15 years of service and over = 176 hours per year.

  • General Leave: 8 hours per fiscal year.

  • Sick Leave Accrual: 8 hours per month

  • Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year

  • And more!

Don’t forget – the closing date for applications is Sunday, October 24. Will your application be one of them?



The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Employer Info

Carmel, California 93921


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