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Arborist Crew Chief 2

Location: Pinellas County, FL
Salary: $19.96-$22.00/hour starting range

Arborist Crew Chief

Classification Title: Crew Chief 2, C20

Location: 4550 126th Avenue North, Clearwater,  FL 33762

Work Schedule:  Monday -Thursday; 7:00 a.m. -  5:30 p.m.

The Urban Forestry section of Pinellas County Urban Forestry and Landscape Services is made up of an outstanding team of professional foresters and arborists responsible for managing and maintaining trees located in unincorporated Pinellas County and County maintained parks and preserves. In addition to maintaining trees in the public spaces along more than 1,100 miles of roadways and 1,000 miles of sidewalks, the Urban Forestry staff creates and delivers outreach programs on Right Tree Right Place, tree inventory data collection, and tree maintenance programs that serve the over 900,000 residents of Pinellas County. Pinellas County is proud to be the largest Tree City USA local government entity in the State of Florida and one of only 23 communities in the USA to be recognized as Tree Cities of the World by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation. 

We are currently hiring a Arborist Crew Chief, a working supervisory position in Urban Forestry. Positions in this class direct and lead the work of others and perform work in tree care activities such as pruning and removing rights-of-way, park, and street trees. Tree care is conducted to provide for public safety, protection of property, and for the health and longevity of County trees. Ability to lead the work of others and train crews in arboricultural operational procedures is required. Arborist Crew Chief positions make decisions concerning appropriate pruning methods, job sequencing, use of equipment and are responsible for maintaining a safe work area for crews and citizens.


Biweekly Medical Plan Premiums:

Employee Only: $11.43

Employee and Spouse or Domestic Partner: $131.90

Employee and Child(ren): $105.23

Family: $216.12







Essential Job Functions

  • Leads, directs, and participates in the work of a tree crew. 
  • Prioritizes the work and organizes it in the most efficient and effective manner.
  • Completes work orders.
  • Coaches and trains new employees.
  • Arranges for equipment maintenance and vehicle inspections.
  • Inspects trees to detect hazardous conditions or tree diseases.
  • Records conditions of trees and makes recommendations for future actions.
  • Responsible for crew adherence to safety policy and procedures.
  • Plans, schedules, supervises, keeps records and prepares required reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Completes performance evaluations for employees.
  • Uses laptop computer and/or tablet to complete data entry into the County work asset management system.
  • Performs minor maintenance on saws and related equipment.
  • Operates and oversees safe operations of bucket trucks, crane trucks, stump grinders, brush chippers, chainsaws and other tree trimming equipment.

Position Specific Requirements

  • At least 3 years of experience in arboriculture that includes lead worker, supervision or supervisory training; or
  • An associate degree or 2 years of directly related formal vocational or skilled technical training and at least 1 year of experience in arboriculture, that includes lead worker, supervision or supervisory training; or
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field and some arboriculture knowledge, that includes lead worker, supervision or supervisory training.
  • Current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist at time of hire.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brakes endorsement at time of hire with eligibility based upon evaluation of a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving report.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations
  • Temporary Traffic Control Intermediate (TTC) certification within 6 months of hire.
  • The following must be completed within the 1-year probationary period for new hires in Urban Forestry:
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Public Applicator spray license with Right-of-Way category
    • Pinellas County Best Management Practices (BMP) Certificate
    • First Aid/CPR Certification
    • OSHA 30 Hour (General Industry)
    • Pinellas County Human Resources Supervisor and Management Boot Camp

Highly Desirable

  • ISA TRAQ qualification.
  • Temporary Traffic Control Intermediate (TTC) certification.
  • FDACS Public Applicator spray license with Right-of-Way category.
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) crew leader.
  • TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional. 
  • Basic knowledge of Cityworks Asset Management software.
  • Experienced professional tree climber.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of accepted modern best management practices, terminology, methods, materials, and techniques related to arboriculture and horticulture management. 
  • Knowledge of current principles and theories of arboricultural operations.
  • Knowledge of urban forestry vehicles and equipment such as bucket trucks, grapple loaders, crane trucks, chippers, chainsaws, stump grinders and skid steer.
  • Knowledge of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI standards) for tree care is required.
  • Knowledge of Best Management Practices (BMPs) regarding the use of pesticides and herbicides.
  • Knowledge and experience in municipal arboriculture. 
  • Skills in technical arboricultural operations perform along side roadways, in county right of way, and park settings.
  • Skills in maintaining accurate work records. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate how to perform arboricultural tasks safely and efficiently including to established standards and specifications to assigned staff.
  • Ability to provide effective field leadership to others in the safe performance of ordinary and extraordinary operations.
  • Ability to meet with the public and explain work to be performed in a courteous, confident, and tactful manner. 
  • Ability to provide  positive and effective leadership to assigned crews in the adherence to safe work practices.

Physical/Mental Demands

The work is medium work which requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:

  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
  • Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
  • Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
  • Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs.


Employer Info

4550 126th Ave N
Clearwater, Florida 33762


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