Pay Rate: $17.72 - $22.14

Job Posting Closing on: Monday, December 6, 2021

The City of Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing among large cities. Fort Worth has received multiple accolades including Best Downtown (Livability, 2014) and the best labor market in the nation (Think Why, 2021). Our employees serve the needs of over 900,000 residents. We are seeking individuals that reflect our values of exceptional customer experience, mutual respect, embracing our diversity, continuous improvement, ethical behavior and accountability.    

A Senior Arborist position is available with The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department- Forestry Section. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains nearly 300 parks and public spaces citywide as well as provides recreational activities and educational programming that makes Fort Worth a great place to live, work and play. Fort Worth also has one of the most respected municipal forestry programs in the state and is recognized as the oldest Tree City USA in Texas.

The role of the selected candidate includes assisting and/or filling-in for crew leaders to perform essential functions in the overall care and maintenance of trees and monitoring crew performance. The position will also ensure the maintenance of a safe working environment for fellow employees and the general public when addressing tree hazards. The selected candidate may also be utilized to interpret landscape plans, verify tree surveys and ensure compliance with proper pruning and planting standards. This is a full-time position with full benefits and a regular work schedule of 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday- Friday, with emergency activation possible after hours and on weekends.

The Senior Arborist job responsibilities include:

  • Proper pruning and removal of limbs, trees and stumps in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Knowledge and experience operating equipment used in tree pruning and removals
  • Identification of occupational hazards and ability to instruct based on standard safety practices.
  • Training, monitoring and evaluation of subordinate staff.
  • Operating and troubleshooting forestry-related equipment (chainsaws, blowers, chippers, bucket trucks, etc.).
  • Expertise in using assigned equipment and safety devices.
  • Ability to work in trees at extreme heights using aerial lifts, elevated platforms and using rope and saddle methods.
  • Comprehension and interpretation of landscape plan sets and tree surveys.
  • Inspecting completed tree work ensuring compliance to proper standards and specifications.
  • Participating in job site cleanup (raking, sweeping, shoveling debris); feeding brush and logs into a chipper.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the overall function of the Forestry Section.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in field construction, tree maintenance, tree climbing, or other operational activities related to Forestry area.
  • Possession of a Valid Commercial Driver's License (Class B).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Candidate selected for hire must pass Pre-Employment Drug Screen, Physical and Criminal Background check.

Working Conditions and Physical Demand

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Medium work – Depending on assignment, positions in this class typically exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly having to move objects.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates who do not meet the Education requirement, may be considered if they have more relevant work experience than the position requires. Those selected for employment will be required to pass Pre-Employment checks depending on the position requirements. Those could include, but are not limited to: criminal background check, drug screen, education verification, etc. Criminal convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. Employees are paid by direct deposit only. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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