Forestry Maintenance Technician - Irrigation

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-742118
    • Job Location: Centennial , CO
      Lone Tree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 04, 2020
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Forestry Maintenance Technician - Irrigation

(Full Time, Non-Exempt)

Salary: $35,600 - $41,670 per year

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Duties:

  • 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 the season.
  • 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 reference materials.
  • 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 supervisory staff.
  • 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 business purposes.

Working Environment :

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.

Physical Requirements :

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

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.