Lead Maintenance Specialist – Large Tree Care

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-719746
    • Job Location: Centennial, CO
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 28, 2020
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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.

Essential Duties:

  • 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 performance reviews.
  • 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 enhance flowering.
  • 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 work zones.
  • 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 Arborist certification.
  • 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 CDL equipment.

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 pesticide applications
  • 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 maintain trees.
  • 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.

Working Environment :

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 night-time activities.

Physical Requirements :

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 warning signals.

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

About Us

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.