About this Opportunity!
Forestry Maintenance Technician - Irrigation
(Full Time, Non-Exempt)
Salary: $35,600 - $41,670 per year
Under the supervision of the Tree Establishment & Health Care
(TEHC) Supervisor and/or Lead Maintenance Specialist, this position is
responsible for knowing or learning and then properly applying
knowledge and skills associated with accepted arboricultural
practices. Primarily responsible for performing daily inspections and
maintenance to the irrigated parks and trail corridor systems within
South Suburban Parks and Recreation. This position is tasked with a
variety of manual labor responsibilities within urban forestry
maintenance including but not limited to tree planting, tree pruning,
tree removal, etc. Additional responsibilities include inventory and
assessment of District assets, disease and pest control, snow removal,
vegetation storm damage response, special projects and maintaining a
safe work environment. This position may be required to work weekends,
evenings or holidays and be on snow watch, as well as work shifts
deviating from the position’s normal work day and/or with other work groups.
- Responsible for training and overseeing the daily maintenance
activities of assigned part-time and seasonal laborers.
- Trains assigned laborers in techniques of safe and efficient
operation of equipment, tools and machinery. Conducts and documents
safety training of subordinate personnel.
- Inspects assigned irrigation systems on a weekly basis and
performs skilled maintenance including irrigation repairs to
mainlines, valves, laterals, heads and pumps.
- Identifies inefficiencies, recommends and implements improvements
in irrigation systems. Provides feedback on application rates.
Monitors changes and follows up as necessary.
- Performs operations, troubleshoots and repairs Irrigation Controllers.
- Reads water meters, activates irrigation systems at the beginning
of the season and winterizes all systems and fountains at the end of
- Must have the ability to read and understand irrigation blueprints.
- Keeps accurate records of daily activities and provides lists of
materials for cost tracking.
- Responsible for providing accurate information for preparing
purchase orders and Purchase Card transactions.
- Maintains and cares for assigned hand tools and equipment
including trenchers, truck, trailer, compressor, etc. Maintains and
routinely inventories parts and materials used while performing
irrigation maintenance duties.
- Exercises good judgement and proper safety precautions and
practices at all times. Must be courteous and helpful to the public
and fellow employees.
- In the absence of other crew members, may be asked to assume those
additional duties and responsibilities.
- Responds to emergency callbacks on a 24-hour basis.
- Assists as needed with the installation of new irrigation systems
and the extension of existing systems.
- Performs other duties and special assignments as directed by the
Tree Establishment and Health Care Supervisor and/or Lead
Maintenance Specialist including snow removal and other assignments
that may be outside the primary area of employment.
- Participates extensively in off-peak season work projects during
non-irrigation months of the year.
- Responsible for the establishment and care for trees and tree
maintenance needs including, but not limited to,
planting/transplanting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, staking,
structural pruning, fruit production pruning, clearance pruning,
health treatments, tree protection and tree removal. Work shall be
completed using the most current; 1. Federal OSHA Standards
pertaining to the Tree Care Industry and Manual on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices; 2. Arboricultural Industry Standards such as ANSI
Standards Z60.1, Z133 and A300; 3. International Society of
Arboriculture Best Management Practices as well as 4. Adopted
policies and procedures.
- Conducts tree inventories, tree assessments, identifies tree
planting locations and other inventories as needed.
- Assists the Supervisor and Specialist in stocking, maintaining and
harvesting of the District's tree nursery. Assists with the proper
fruit tree maintenance and fruit harvesting of orchard trees.
- When trails or other rights-of-ways are needing to be infringed on
or blocked, assists the Supervisor and/or Specialist with setting up
all trail detours, traffic control devices and appropriate signage
to create a safe work zone following all applicable Manual on
Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards as well as all applicable
state, local and District rules and regulations.
- Complies with District and departmental rules, regulations and
policies and procedures.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
- Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis.
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 eighteen (18) years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent.
- A Technical School certification or Associate of Science or
Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Forestry, Forestry, Natural
Resource Management, Environmental Science, or related science
degree, is highly desirable.
- Minimum of two (2) years of combined irrigation and maintenance experience.
- A combination of experience and education may be considered.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License or the ability to
obtain upon hire and maintain an acceptable driving record.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge or ability to learn 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.
- Knowledge of work-place and arboriculture safety practices.
- Knowledge of laws, regulations, and methods of pesticide applications.
- 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.
- Skill in the safe and lawful operation of motor vehicles, snow
plows and snow blowers.
- Skill in reading and understanding general and scientific tree
- Skill in safely felling trees and in the proper use of pesticides
and associated personal protective gear.
- Skill in following and adhering to preventive maintenance
procedures for equipment.
- Ability to climb trees to at least 100ft using saddle and rope.
- Ability to learn, understand and follow policies, procedures, and
master plan objectives of the District.
- Ability to successfully and productively work without supervision
within established policies and procedures and regularly exercise
independent judgement for daily operations.
- Ability to train and supervise subordinate employees, community
service workers, and volunteers.
- Ability to adhere to safe work practices and procedures.
- Ability to tie and use arboricultural knots and rigging systems.
- Ability to read and interpret sketches, diagrams, plans, and maps.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities, weather events, and
special work requests.
- Ability to read, listen and follow directions/instructions from
- Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent
interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
- Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and
high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
- Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with
coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and
vendors in a professional manner.
Material and Equipment Used
To successfully perform the required job duties, this position
regularly uses assorted power and hand tools, gas torches, irrigation
pipe and fittings, aerial lifts mounted on trucks or other devices,
ropes, climbing harness, rigging apparatus, chain saws, brush chipper,
stump grinder, front end loader, skid steers or utility vehicles or
tractors with assorted implements, trencher, back hoe, water tank
trucks with associated pumps and backflow preventers, line trimmers,
sod cutters and rototillers, assorted truck and trailer combinations,
ATV w/snow plow or herbicide sprayer, out front mower with snow plow,
snow blower, snow plow truck, and drop spreaders. This position uses
personal computers and Microsoft Office Suite, hand-held data
collectors and GIS/GPS tools and software, and unmanned aerial vehicle
(Drone) or other aerial inspection technologies. This position will
need to drive a District vehicle and/or a personal vehicle for
This position requires strenuous outdoor work such as climbing trees
with rope and saddle and working off the ground in trees or using
aerial lift devices in possibly adverse conditions, such as tight
working quarters, extremes in temperature, in precipitation, with
ultraviolet radiation exposure, and in low light situations. Regularly
exposed to dust, noise and chemicals.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to
work in a outdoor 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; and to verbally
communicate and exchange information, or hearing and listening for
receiving and interpreting information and warning signals. Exposed to
dust. 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. Ability to
tolerate exposure to fumes, and odors. 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.
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
- 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.