About this Opportunity!
(Full Time, Non-Exempt)
$47,000 - $54,000 per year
Under supervision of the Large Tree Care Supervisor, this position
assists 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, tree support systems, and participating in forestry-related
special events. Assist Supervisor and other Forestry, Parks and Open
Space team members with mapping District assets, personnel training,
snow removal, storm damage response, mosquito control, special
projects and maintaining a safe work environment. 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.
- 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
- 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 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.
- Maintain accurate tree inventory data, maintenance and removal records.
- 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 in hiring, training, supervising and evaluating staff.
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 for Large Tree Care activities.
- Perform snow and ice removal using plow trucks, blowers, shovels,
ice scrappers, de-icing salts, etc.
- Assist with 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. 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
- 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, Associates Degree in
Science, or a Bachelor Degree in Science in Urban Forestry,
Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or
related science degree, is highly desirable.
- Three (3) 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 climbing, tree
pruning and tree removal, chainsaw use and maintenance, EAB
sampling/treatment and tree inventorying.
- Snow and ice removal and mosquito control experience is helpful.
- A combination of experience and education may be considered.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist
certification or have the ability to obtain within twelve (12)
months of employment.
- Colorado Pesticide Applicator’s License as a Certified Operator in
the Turf and Ornamental categories or have the ability to obtain
within twelve (12) months of hire.
- 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
pesticide applications. Knowledge in tree identification.
- The ability to use field data collection devices to maintain
maintenance records, and the use of developing technology to inspect
and maintain trees.
- Skills in the proper use of 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 operation.
- Ability to train and supervise employees, community service
workers, and volunteers, adhere to safe work practices and
procedures, 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 interact tactfully, clearly, concisely, and
appropriately with the public, District administration, co-workers,
and other agencies or contractors.
- 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
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, smart or flip cell
phones, hand-held data collection devices, and GPS tools and software.
This position will drive a District vehicle and/or a personal vehicle
for business purposes.
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. 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.
Employee Benefits & Perks at
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
- Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
- Free Employee Assistance Program
- Paid time off including vacation time, sick leave, personal leave
- District paid life insurance and long term disability
- FREE use of District fitness centers and swimming pools
- Discounts on recreation classes and golf
- Opportunities for training and promotion from within
- To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit
package, please visit http://careers.ssprd.org
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.