Maintenance Technician – Large Tree Care

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-836972
    • Job Location: Centennial, CO
      Lone Tree,
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 11, 2022
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Maintenance Technician - Large Tree Care

(Full Time, Non-Exempt)

$39,150 - $4,289 per year

Position Summary:

Under supervision of the Large Tree Care Supervisor and/or the Lead Maintenance Specialist, this position is responsible for knowing, learning and applying skills associated with accepted arboricultural practices such as tree pruning, tree removal, and stump grinding as well as participating in special events. Assist Supervisor and other Forestry, Horticulture and Graphical Information System team members with mapping District assets, personnel training, snow removal, storm damage response, mosquito control, special projects and maintaining a safe work environment. The large tree care programs include work off the ground in tall trees using climbing gear and/or aerial lift devices. 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.

Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for the proper maintenance of trees, greater than 12 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH), for maintenance or care including, 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 systems using 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.
  • Assist the Supervisor and Specialist to ensure the safety of District property users and property by keeping District vegetation liability risks at a minimum through properly maintaining woody vegetation under the responsibility of the Large Tree Care section.
  • Prior to beginning pruning work, establish pruning objectives with the LTC Supervisor or Specialist 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 training, supervising and evaluating part-time and seasonal employees or volunteers.
  • Assist in carrying out storm damage response for the department.
  • 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, spreaders, shovels, ice scrappers, de-icing salts or sand, etc.
  • Follows routes or routines laid out by the Supervisor, Specialist or the GIS Coordinator for water trucks, snow removal, other routing needs and in maintaining the tree inventory.
  • 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.
  • Maintain electronic and hardcopy files and documents pertaining to accurate planting, maintenance and removal records as well as provide regular status and needs reports to the Supervisor or Specialist as assigned.
  • Conducts tree assessments, tree inventories, identifies tree planting locations and other inventories as needed.
  • Ensures proper care of assigned tools and equipment. Performs preventive maintenance or minor repairs or notifies appropriate personnel of need for maintenance
  • 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.
  • If issued, use Purchase Cards and Purchase Orders in accordance with established procedures. Reconcile Purchase Cards in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the Department’s STAR PR program and shop cleaning of the Forestry and Horticulture facility.
  • 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.
  • One (1) year of experience in urban forestry, arboriculture, forestry, or utility tree trimming with a focus on tree climbing with saddle and ropes or use of aerial lift devices, rigging systems, rope knots, tree felling, chainsaw maintenance and other equipment for tree pruning, removing and tree inventorying.
  • Highly desirable skills and knowledge are tree and shrub identification, proper pruning and planting techniques, and understand the safe and effective use of pesticides.
  • Snow and Ice Removal and Mosquito Control experience helpful.
  • A combination of experience and education may be considered.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Must possess the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Tree Climber Arborist certification or have the ability to obtain within eight (8) months of hire.
  • Must possess the Colorado Pesticide Applicator’s License as a Certified Operator in the Turf and Ornamental categories or have the ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire.
  • International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, Tree Worker or Aerial Lift Operator is highly desirable.
  • Driving is a requirement that includes 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 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, 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, 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.

We’ve Got You Covered!

South Suburban pays:

  • 90% of the employee-only medical insurance cost
  • 68% of dental & vision insurance cost
  • 100% short-term & long-term disability cost
  • 100% life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance cost

South Suburban offers:

  • FSA options for additional medical expenses

Happy Employees Are the Best Employees

  • South Suburban provides an employee assistance program at no cost that includes: counseling, financial planning, legal assistance, and much more!
  • Our Employee Wellness Program gives covered staff the ability to reduce their medical premium by $360 annually

Take Time Away to Do What You Enjoy

  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 4 personal days per year
  • Earn 11.5 paid vacation days per year
  • Paid sick leave to rest, recover, and take care of yourself

We’ve Got Your Back

  • Up to 8% 401(a) Employer contribution/match that vests after 3 years of service
  • Diverse trainings to grow your professional and personal skillset
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program that covers up to $1,800 per year

Play Where You Work

  • Employee engagement is a priority at South Suburban. Staff gatherings have included: pictures with the Stanley Cup, Chili Cook-Off, Ice Cream Social, Shuffleboard Tournament, Employee Appreciation Luncheon, just to name a few
  • Monthly wellness challenge opportunities and staff recognition honors

We LOVE Our Facilities and So Will You:

  • Free daily admission to recreation centers, tennis courts, ice rinks and swimming pools
  • 50% off food at South Suburban restaurants
  • $5 to $10 for nine holes of golf at four different courses

To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit package, please visit

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.