- Nature of Work, Essential Functions & KSA's
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NATURE OF WORK
Under the immediate supervision of the Parks and Natural Resources Division Superintendent, the Arborist plans, organizes and directs all activities related to the acquisition, planting, maintenance and removal of trees on City properties and right-of-ways. This position is subject to on-call rotation, emergency callouts and must be able to work overtime including nights, weekends, and stand-by as required.
- Develops and administers plans/procedures, including policies, objectives, long and short-term maintenance schedules, yearly tree acquisition and planning programs, and coordinates all activities with the Tree City USA program.
- Works directly with the Parks and Natural Resources Director to maintain a yearly budget.
- Inspects, diagnoses, treats and maintains trees and shrubs in the public right-of-way, municipal building areas, park facilities, and all landscaping areas.
- Maintains landscaping in public right-of-way, on municipal properties and within park facilities.
- Maintains daily activity reports with regard to both labor activities and materials utilized.
- Operates and maintains vehicles and equipment necessary to complete the tasks of the position.
- Assists in the overall maintenance of parks facilities and equipment, public right-of-ways, and municipal building facilities to include turf maintenance, litter pick-up, athletic field preparation, beautification of shelters and facilities, maintenance of play equipment, snow removal etc.
- Ensures safety regulations and safe work practices are observed at job sites.
- Represents the City at Shade Tree Commission Meetings, provides support to the Commission and serves as the direct contact to the Commission.
- Skilled in the use of heavy equipment, hand and power tools; including maintenance practices of such equipment and tools.
- Knowledge of the City's ordinances related to tree care and maintenance, landscaping, planting and removal (after training).
- Knowledge in the fields of arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape architecture.
- Knowledge of the care and proper use of tools and equipment used in the development and maintenance of lawns, landscape beds, trees, irrigation system and general grounds owned by the City.
- Knowledge of plant disease, insects, chemicals, and the proper methods used to control such undesirable elements.
- Must be able to identify native and introduced tree and shrub species and have a working knowledge of each species growth characteristics.
- Knowledge and ability to properly prune shade, evergreen and ornamental tree species and have a working knowledge of tree wounds and compartmentalization.
- Knowledge and ability to use lowering techniques and devices as related to tree work.
- Knowledge of standard safety protocols in the performance of essential functions as well as City policies regarding safe work practices.
- Knowledge of the hazards, safety rules and precautions involving use of equipment related to arboriculture activities.
- Ability to follow simple to complex oral and written instructions; ability to convey instructions to others.
- Ability to understand simple roadmaps and City boundaries to establish ownership responsibilities.
- Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations in order to calculate quantities, distances, measures and weights.
- Ability to skillfully and safely operate all motor vehicles and related equipment required for the completion of work assignments, in accordance with traffic laws, and to diagnose and resolve equipment problems.
- Ability to prepare reports, including work orders, activity reports and maintenance logs.
- Ability to perform work in a safe manner and report unsafe activities, conditions, and faulty equipment.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with fellow City staff, associates, contractors and the general public.
- Ability to perform relatively heavy manual work for extended periods of time and ability to withstand exposure to variable weather conditions.
- Ability to distinguish between different cleaning materials, fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides with the ability to read and understand label information.
- Ability to diagnose, problem solve and determine how diseased trees and shrubs may be saved.
- Ability to assist with design and plan for future installations of trees, shrubs and landscaping.
- Ability to utilize necessary protective clothing and equipment to avoid potential dangers from pesticides.
- Illustrative Examples of Work / Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK
- Assists with the installation/planting of new trees and shrubs; assists with the review of development plans with regard to new tree installations; instructs other laborers in proper pruning techniques.
- Assists with preparing orders for new trees/shrubs/landscaping items (flowers, mulch) and material needs for maintenance (fertilizer, insecticides, etc.)
- Prunes, fertilizes and stakes healthy trees and shrubs for continued growth; applies sprays to control disease and insect infestations, where required.
- Removes trees and shrubs as needed when they are no longer healthy and viable; loads debris and refuse onto trucks to be hauled away for disposal; prunes dangerous trees as needed.
- Maintains records of all trees/shrubs located within the city on public properties.
- Maintains work order system for tree and shrub removals and coordinates the removals internally.
- Develops and assists in the delivery of public education related to tree/shrub care activities.
- Assists with setting project priorities, work orders, materials, staff, equipment and other resources for timely completion of work assignments.
- Completes work orders, vehicle inspection forms, daily maintenance logs and other documentation.
- Prepares and maintains records and reports including, but not limited to; work assignments, material and equipment costs, safety sheets and preventative maintenance schedules.
- Notifies residents and businesses of work being performed, as needed, (when working in the impacted area); responds to citizen inquiries, complaints and suggestions.
- Oversees and participates in the hauling, transporting, loading and unloading of various materials and equipment associated with assigned projects.
- Responds to emergency situations or after-hours calls as needed; responds to and assists with traffic control to remove downed trees in public right-of-ways.
- Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.
- The primary duties of this position are performed in an outdoor environment and include working in adverse weather conditions, vehicular traffic and hazards involving the use of power tools and equipment and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
- Sufficient hearing ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, emergency signals, vehicle back-up warnings and to communicate with other employees and the general public.
- Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, technical documents and diagrams.
- Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate power equipment and hand tools.
- Sufficient strength to lift and carry objects over fifty (50) pounds for varying distances.
- Sufficient mobility, flexibility, stamina and balance to perform maintenance and repair operations that require bending, stooping, kneeling, stretching, and other physical exertions. Work includes multi limb coordination in climbing and working on ladders and moving over rough or unfamiliar terrain.
- Ability to perform relatively heavy manual work for extended periods of time and the ability to withstand exposure to variable weather conditions.
- Training, Experience, and Qualifications
- High school diploma or GED required in addition to some technical training or related coursework and preferably four (4) years experience in the arboriculture field. Bachelor's degree is a plus.
- Possession of a valid State of Ohio Motor Vehicle Commercial Drivers' License class B (class A preferred), including tanker and air-brake endorsements, or the ability to obtain license within six (6) month probationary period.
- Ohio Public Operator's license for pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemical applications within six (6) months of appointment and, thereafter, continue to acquire necessary CEU's to keep license current.
- International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist license within 12 months of appointment and, thereafter, acquire necessary CEU's to keep license current.
- Supplemental Information / Special Requirements
This position is part of the Management Pay Plan. Details about the compensation and benefits for this position can be found in the agreement by clicking here.
The class specification which appears above is intended to be sufficient merely to identify the class and be illustrative of the kinds of duties that may be assigned to the position allocated to the class and should not be interpreted to describe all of the duties which may be required of employees holding a position assigned to this class.
The City of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA), the City of Delaware will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.