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Lead Maintenance Specialist - Large Tree Care
Centennial- Willow Spring Service Center
$38,400 - $48,000 Annually
Under direct supervision of the Large Tree Care Supervisor, assist in
the scheduling, coordinating, directing, assigning and evaluating of
annual, monthly and day to day work plans and personnel associated
with the District's large tree care program, which includes, but is
not limited to: tree pruning, tree removal, stump grinding and
includes tree support systems as well as participating in
forestry-related special events. Assist Supervisor and other Forestry
and Horticulture team members with inventorying/mapping District
assets, personnel training, snow removal, storm damage response,
special projects and maintaining a safe work environment.
- Supervise the daily activities of other full-time, part-time, or
seasonal personnel. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
leading the crew in the absence of the supervisor, training
personnel in proper arboricultural or snow removal techniques,
directing work, documenting field performance, counseling and
commending personnel on performance, and completing assigned
- Primarily responsible for the proper maintenance of trees, greater
than 12 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH), for maintenance
or care such as, but not limited to, pruning to: provide clearance,
maintain health, develop structure, reduce hazard and restore
structure to damaged, vandalized or improperly cared for trees;
applying supplemental support with cables and braces; and removal of
invasive and nuisance species. Work shall be completed using the
most current and applicable: a) Federal OSHA Standards pertaining to
the Tree Care Industry and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
(MUTCD); b) Arboricultural Industry Standards such as applicable
ANSI Z60.1, Z133 and A300; c) the International Society of
Arboriculture Best Management Practices and d) adopted policies and procedures.
- Ensure the safety of District property users by keeping District
vegetation liability risks at a minimum through properly maintaining
woody vegetation under the responsibility of the Large Tree Care
section. Assist the Large Tree Care Supervisor with tree risk
assessments, staff safety trainings and establishment of safe work zones.
- Assist with the prioritizing, scheduling, assigning, supervising
and evaluating of tree pruning and removal activities including
annual, monthly and weekly work plans, schedules and calendars as
well as dispatching full-time, part-time and seasonal crews and
equipment to project locations on a daily basis. May also need to
coordinate, schedule and assign volunteers, Scouts and Community
Services Workers. Work closely with other Park and Open Space team
members to properly schedule and coordinate activities in parks,
facilities and along trails.
- Conduct tree assessments observing for condition, defects,
maintenance needs and pests such as Japanese beetle or Emerald Ash
Borer (EAB), etc., Conduct assessments, tree appraisals and tree
benefit calculations as needed or assigned.
- Assist in prioritizing tree mitigation work such as pruning,
removals and support system installations using the tree inventory
data and applicable urban forestry practices.
- Assist the Supervisor with annual defective tree inspections as
well as inspect trees greater than 12 inch DBH in District parks,
facilities and along trails. Maintain accurate maintenance and
removal records, hardcopy or electronic as well as provide regular
status and needs reports to the supervisor.
- Prior to beginning pruning work, establish pruning objectives with
the LTC Supervisor including pruning prescriptions to protect the
health, vigor and structural development of trees. Prune certain
species to avoid the spread of disease, excessive sap bleeding or to
- When trails or other right-of-ways are to be obstructed or
blocked, follow all applicable MUTCD, state, local and District
rules and regulations. Set up trail detours and use traffic control
devices, as well as appropriate signage, to create safe detours and
- Assist the Supervisor in hiring, training, supervising and
evaluating full time, part-time and seasonal employees. Document job
performance and advise the LTC Supervisor on personnel actions
regarding performance of, disciplinary needs, and termination of
staff. Provide coaching, guidance and field supervision to these positions.
- Assist the Supervisor in training Forestry personnel in pre-climb
tree safety assessment, tree climbing, aerial lift devices, rigging
operations, tree felling, cable and bracing, tree identification,
cultural requirements, safety procedures, and proper operation and
maintenance of tools and equipment. Provide preventive maintenance
and simple repairs to vehicles and equipment. Assist the Supervisor
with coordinating vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair with
the garage and shop personnel.
- Assist in coordinating and carrying out Storm Damage Responses for
the Department and Division.
- As delegated or assigned by the Supervisor, prepare material and
supply orders, order materials and supplies, receive and inventory
these supply orders for Large Tree Care activities.
- Assist others in the District as needed or requested while always
looking to be a team player,
- Perform snow and ice removal using plow trucks, blowers,
shovels, ice scrappers, de-icing salts, etc.
- As delegated or assigned assist with planning and/or carrying
out District related special events, such as the War Memorial
Rose Garden Pruning Workshop, Arbor Day, Adopt-A-Park projects
or holiday programs.
- Maintain accurate time cards and daily activity reports for
self. Assist others in your work group with filling out time
cards, activity sheets and other electronic or hardcopy paperwork.
- While on duty or on snow watch, carry a charged and functional
District-issued cell phone, which is expected to be answered or
messages returned in a timely manner, when it is safe to return calls.
- Use Purchase Cards and Purchase Orders in accordance with
established procedures. Reconcile Purchase Cards in a timely manner.
- Perform other duties and special assignments as required by
manager/supervisor, including assignments that may be outside
the primary area of responsibility or that may be assigned by
the Department Director or the District’s Executive Director.
May be required to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and be on
snow watch, as well as work shifts deviating from this
position’s normal work days and/or with other work groups.
- Attend work regularly and at scheduled start times.
- Assist in the Department’s STAR PR program and shop cleaning
of the Forestry and Horticulture facility.
- Exercise good judgement and practice proper safety precautions
at all times.
- Comply with District rules and regulations, safety protocols,
policies and procedures and standard practices.
- May serve as an Emergency services worker.
- South Suburban Parks and Recreation District is a National
Recreation and Parks Association CAPRA accredited agency and a
Gold Medal award winning organization. All staff are expected to
meet and/or exceed the high standards of employment, including
but not limited to: a) outstanding customer service for both
internal and external customers, b) being a team players in
order to achieve the District and/or Department vision, mission,
goals, objectives; and annual work plan; and c) being a
professional, high quality employee and d) being safe in all
aspects of work.
This job description should not be construed to imply that these
requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents
may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any
other related duties, as may be required.
Education and/or Experience:
- Must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- A Technical School certification or AS or BS college degree in
Urban Forestry, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Environmental
Science, or related science degree, is highly desirable.
- Three years of experience in urban forestry, arboriculture,
forestry, or utility tree trimming with a focus on tree climbing,
rope use, knots, rigging, felling, bucking and limbing, tree pruning
and tree removal, chainsaw use and maintenance, EAB
sampling/treatment and tree inventorying.
- Snow and ice removal experience is helpful.
- A combination of experience and education may be considered.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- Must possess, or be able to acquire within six (6) months of
employment, the International Society of Arboriculture Certified
- Must possess, or be able to obtain within eight (8) months of
hire, the Colorado Pesticide Applicator’s License as a
Certified Operator in the Turf and Ornamental categories.
- Must possess, or be able to acquire within sixteen (16) months of
hire, the Colorado Pesticide Applicator’s License as a
Certified Operator in the aquatic category.
- International Society of Arboriculture Certified Tree Climber or
Aerial Lift Operator is highly desirable.
- A current, valid Colorado Driver’s License Class B with the air
brake endorsement, or ability to obtain within three (3) months of
hire. Maintenance of a good driving record is required. Must be able
to pass a CDL drug screening and health assessment prior to using
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of modern arboricultural principles, standards, and best
management practices, operations and activities of a municipal urban
forestry program, tree identification, tree biometrics, CODIT,
arboricultural knots and rigging systems, work-place and
arboriculture safety practices, laws, regulations, and methods of
- Highly desirable skills and knowledge are: tree identification,
ability to use field data collection devices to maintain maintenance
records, and the use of developing technology to inspect and
- Skill in the proper use, care and maintenance of Forestry Division
assets such as hand, power and motorized tools including chainsaws,
tree climbing gear, rigging equipment, aerial lift units, chippers,
stump grinders, and snow and ice management equipment, the safe and
lawful operation of motor vehicles, snow plows and snow blowers,
reading and understanding general and scientific tree reference
materials, safely felling trees and in the proper use of pesticides
and associated personal protective gear.
- The ability to learn, understand and follow policies, procedures,
and master plan objectives for the District, understand and follow
the District’s personnel policies and procedures, the District’s
purchasing policies and procedures, the District’s organization and
operation structure, as necessary, to carry out assigned responsibilities,
- The ability to successfully and productively work without
supervision within established policies and procedures and regularly
exercise independent judgement for daily operations, train and
supervise subordinate employees, community service workers, and
volunteers, adhere to safe work practices and procedures, tie and
use arboricultural knots and rigging systems, maintain a CDL Class B
Driver’s License with air brake endorsement, read and interpret
sketches, diagrams, plans, and maps, adapt to changing priorities,
weather events, and special work requests, interact tactfully,
clearly, concisely, and appropriately with the public, District
administration, co-workers, and other agencies or contractors,
communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, read,
listen and follow directions/instructions from supervisory staff.
Material and Equipment Used
This position regularly uses aerial lifts. chip trucks, pick-ups or
stake-bed trucks with manual or automatic transmissions, snow plow
trucks, ATV’s, Utility vehicles, or Outfront mowers with snow plows,
trailers for towing equipment or materials, tractors and Skid Steers
with various implements, hand tools such as various pruning saws,
rakes, brooms, saw sharpeners, screw drivers, hammers, etc.,
electrical power tools such as drills, circular saws, jig saws, saw
sharpeners, parts cleaners, etc., motorized tools such as chainsaws,
chippers, stump grinders, backpack blowers, snow blowers, etc.,
pesticide application equipment including high or low pressure
sprayers and backpack sprayers, pesticides and De-Icing salts, ropes,
pulleys and rigging systems, personal computers, cellular phones,
hand-held data collection devices, and GPS tools and tree inventorying software.
Regularly requires strenuous outdoor work such as climbing trees with
rope and saddle and working off the ground in trees or using aerial
lift devises in possibly adverse conditions, such as tight working
quarters, extremes in temperature, in precipitation, with ultraviolet
radiation exposure, and in unlit or low light, early morning or
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to
work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged
periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl,
climb with both legs and arms, reach, twist, grasp, and make
repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift,
carry, push, and/or pull/drag objects weighing up to 50 pounds
unassisted; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles while
exercising good hand/eye and foot/eye coordination; occasionally climb
stairs and ladders; work in uncomfortable positions for short periods
of time; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull/drag objects weighing up to
75 pounds unassisted. May be required to Lift, carry, push, and/or
pull/drag heavy amounts of weight up to 100 pounds with assistance, up
or down changes in grade, into or out of vehicles or equipment, or
over rough terrain or obstacles, such as downed woody debris, or up
steep creek banks. Ability to tolerate exposure to dust, fumes, and
odors. and to verbally communicate and exchange information, or
hearing and listening for receiving and interpreting information and
This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work
environment and physical demands.
Perks of Employment at South Suburban
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
- Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
- Free Employee Assistance Program
- Paid time off
- FREE use of our recreation/fitness centers, swimming pools, and
ice arena for you AND your eligible family members
- Discounts on recreation classes and golf
- Opportunities for training and promotion from within
- Flexible schedules
Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the
environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational
services and programs.
We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of
I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of
Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service
recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two
ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports
dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature
center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and
open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more
than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis
courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.