Forestry Technician

  • Employer: City of Boulder
  • Location: Boulder, CO
  • Salary: $19.96 - $31.94 hourly with benefits

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Under minimal supervision, maintains the health, safety, structure and aesthetics of public trees. Strong focus on pruning trees of all sizes using rope and saddle techniques and an aerial lift, structure pruning of small trees, tree removal, and tree planting following industry and division standards. Operates a variety of power tools and specialized equipment in the performance of these duties.

Key Competencies

  • Action Oriented:  Is action oriented and full of energy to embrace challenges; has the ability to perform with a minimal supervision; seizes opportunities.
  • Customer Focus: Dedicated to meet internal and external expectations and requirements; gets information first hand and uses information to make improvements in service.
  • Functional/Technical Skills:  Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Communication: Ability to soundly listen and communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Time Management:  Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently; values time; concentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities; gets more done in less time than others; can attend to a broader range of activities.
  • Safety: Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.  Reports all accidents and damage to city property
  • Production: Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Organization: Ability to keep gear and tools clean, organized and ready to use at all times.

Duties & Responsibilities

1.    Performs technical forestry/arboriculture field operations involving public trees primarily in city parks and in the public street rights-of-way to ensure a safe and healthy urban tree canopy. Work includes:

  • Prunes and removes trees of all sizes to industry standards, safely and efficiently, for tree health and safety utilizing both rope and saddle techniques and an aerial lift with up to a 55 foot working height.
  • Prune smaller diameter trees for structure and clearance to industry standards.
  • Performs stump grinding operations.
  • Performs tree safety inspections and tree insect/disease sampling utilizing both rope and saddle and an aerial lift.
  • Surveys public trees to determine pruning or removal needs, removal of trees based on tree health, structure and safety.
  • Operates and maintains equipment such as brush chippers, stump grinder, backhoe, loader, skid-steer, chain saws of various sizes, and aerial lift.
  • Monitors, maintains and repairs tree grates and guards in commercial areas.
  • Disposes of wood debris properly in compliance with state and federal regulations. Oversees wood lot operations.
  • Monitors for insect and disease problems in city parks areas, street rights-of-way and private property
  • Provides recommendations to the public on matters related to general tree care, protection and design.
  • Responds to service requests generated by multiple sources regarding the research of land ownership issues, maintenance responsibilities / agreements to resolve liability concerns.
  • Oversees and performs maintenance tasks such tank watering, mulching and snow removal.
  • Make decisions pertaining to tree maintenance in the field without direct supervision.
  • Coordinates contracted maintenance activities with property owners, construction projects, special events and merchant requests.
  • Trains and supervises seasonal staff in tree maintenance activities.
  • Maintains records of work performed, assists with monitoring budgets.
  • Successfully integrate into Forestry field crews as one of the team members.
  • Facilitates good communication with co-workers, supervisors and the public.

2.    Assist in coordination and implementation of the Tree Planting Program.

  • Unload tree deliveries from nursery, care for tree stock in forestry yard.
  • Inspects and approves tree deliveries based on condition and health of tree stock.
  • Plant trees in City street rights of way and in city parks to industry standards; trains and supervises seasonal work crew to plant trees to industry standards.
  • Directly communicates with property owners about tree planting logistics.
  • Coordinates utility and irrigation line locates with city staff and utility locating services.
  • Assists with annual Arbor Day Tree planting and educational programs and other volunteer tree planting events.
  • Lead and train volunteers in tree planting activities.
  • Conducts health status reports and assesses survivability and species ratings.

3.    Coordinates with multiple contractors on tree maintenance contracts.

  • Oversees and inspects contracted tree maintenance and repair work to ensure quality and compliance with contract agreement, city code/licensing/insurance, and industry standards.
  • Coordinate work schedules and traffic control with tree service contractor.
  • Posts for no parking and pesticide notification to ensure compliance with City ordinance.
  • Coordinates contracted maintenance activities with property owners, construction projects, special events and merchant requests.
  • Notifies and directly communicates directly with adjacent property owners on work to be performed and to address specific concerns.

4.    Coordinates daily and directly with the public, other city divisions / departments, private contractors, business owners, and other agencies to ensure safe and efficient urban forestry field operations and public safety.

5.    Utilizes the city-wide public tree inventory / asset management system.

  • Uses ArcGIS software and asset management software to collect and maintain information on species type, tree size, health, location and maintenance records for public trees.
  • Conducts city-wide field surveys to update records for the tree inventory.
  • Enters maintenance information into asset management database inventory.

6.    Assists with emergency response activities related to tree hazards due to wind/snow storms, lightning strikes, construction impacts and vehicular accidents.

  • Responds to tree related emergencies called in by internal or external customers; climbs trees or utilizes aerial lift truck to remove hangers and eliminate hazards or dispatches tree service contractors when necessary.
  • Assesses priority, corrective action, appropriate equipment and agencies needed to resolve safety issues quickly.
  • Coordinates with Public Works Maintenance staff, private contractors, and adjacent property owners to resolve tree emergencies and to eliminate tree hazards.

7.    Other:

  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
  • Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.  Reports all accidents and damage to City property.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
  • Be flexible to work additional hours in situations when resources are needed.

Generally, duties are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.

Chain of Supervision

(2) TITLE(S) OF POSITION(S) OVER WHICH THIS POSITION HAS DIRECT SUPERVISION: None; will lead seasonal and temporary field crews, contractors, volunteers and interns.Qualifications

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED and a minimum of three years progressive field experience in arboriculture or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Ability to identify urban tree species common to the Front Range of Colorado.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of arboricultural practices and proper tree management.
  • Experience with rope and saddle equipment and technique.
  • Experience with tree pruning and/or removals from bucket truck.
  • Ability, skill and knowledge to climb and prune trees of all sizes for health and structure.
  • Proficient operation of aerial lift trucks, front end loaders, backhoes, tractors, skid-steer, pickup trucks, trucks with trailers, tree spade, brush chippers, and stump grinders.
  • Ability and skills to evaluate and do general maintenance and repair on large equipment, small machines, and chain saws.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to the American National Standard Institute Z133.1-Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations and the A300 Tree, Shrub, and other Woody Plant Management-Standard Practices. (Pruning)
  • International Society of Arboriculture arborist certification or ability to achieve certification within nine months of hire.  Traffic control technician certification or the ability to obtain certification within six months.
  • Must display excellent interpersonal and public relations skills.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to the public effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative, professional, effective working relationships with other employees, departments, agencies and the general public.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work with volunteers, multiple departments and local agencies.
  • Valid Colorado driver's license.

Desired qualifications in addition to the required minimum qualifications

  • Degree in Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, Forestry or Natural Resources
  • Experience with Davey Resource Group Tree Keeper or other forestry asset management software including development of work orders and reports.
  • Experience managing seasonal crews.
  • Experience leading a crew of employees or volunteers.
  • Knowledge and experience with tree insect and disease diagnosis for issues common to Colorado Front Range.
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS software.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions

Physical and Mental Effort:  Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.  Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to operate equipment, review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.
Ability to perform strenuous work in an outdoor environment including standing, climbing, kneeling, bending and walking in limited access areas for extended periods of time in a variety of weather conditions.  Ability to operate a variety of long-handle, manual, and power tools and equipment and to utilize all required safety equipment. Body strength to lift and carry equipment up to 45 lbs as needed.  Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in an outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.  Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Office equipment including desktop computer, tablets, computer software, Global Positioning System (GPS), tractors, tree spades, rope and saddle, chippers, stump grinders, 4-wheel drive pickup and one ton trucks, bucket truck, hand and power tools, chain saws and long-handle tools.  Hand tools, long-handled tools, chain saws of all sizes, power tools, blowers, truck, loader, backhoe, stump grinder, skid steer, aerial lift, loader, personal computers, GPS units, tablets, digital cameras, snow removal equipment and other electronic equipment.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note:  The above description is illustrative only.  It is not meant to be all-inclusive.

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