NORTH AUGUSTA, SOUTH
JOB TITLE: TREE CARE
STATEMENT OF JOB
Under general supervision, performs varied
manual work in the maintenance and care of the City’s Trees for the Public
Services Department. Work involves planting, cutting and trimming trees; ensures
safety and health of the trees. Reports to the Irrigation Technician Forman and
Superintendent of Property Maintenance.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts all tree inspections for newly planted
trees, correcting any deficiencies found, such as watering, tree trimming, etc.
Maintains soil moisture levels in all newly
Performs soil fracturing and root feeding
through the use of the “De-compaction/Feeding Trailer System.”
Collects tree information for the overall City
Tree Inventory and suggests tree pruning cycles, maintains all tree maintenance
records for the Tree City USA re-certification.
Performs all functions of the integrated pest
management program, scheduling, inspections, and maintaining records.
Demonstrates proficiency with products and
techniques used to maintain tree health.
Maintains proper height clearance above
sidewalks, roadways and signs for all trees.
Works closely with urban planning, municipal
administrators, lawn care specialists, landscape architects and horticulturists
for advice and expertise.
Repairs and secures limbs and branches with
braces and cables as needed.
Maintains mulched tree rings for street trees.
Evaluates damaged trees after storm events, and
evaluates trees after any motor vehicle accident.
Maintains all related tree care equipment.
Receives and/or reviews various records and
reports such as tree trimming work order, and oral instructions from
Prepares and/or processes various records and
reports such as complete work order.
Refers to notes on work
order, policy and procedure manuals, codes /
laws / regulations, publications and reference texts, etc.
and maintains a variety of equipment and vehicles such as a Bobcat, bucket
truck, water trailer, pruning equipment, an air spade, HTI-2000 Soil Injection
System, and an AT-RS 2500 De-compaction/Feed System, etc.
a variety of tools and supplies such as soil probe, Verizon tablet, fertilizer/nutrients,
compressed air, stalite rock, diatomaceous earth, etc.
Interacts and communicates with various groups
and individuals such as Irrigation Supervisor, Public Services Director,
co-workers, and the general public.
ESSENTIAL SAFETY FUNCTIONS
is the responsibility of each employee to comply with established policies,
procedures and safe work practices. Each employee must follow safety training
and instructions provided by their supervisor. Each employee must also properly
wear and maintain all personal protective equipment required for their job.
Finally, each employee must immediately report any unsafe work practices or
unsafe conditions as well as any on-the-job injury or illnesses.
Calculates the monetary value of trees.
Develops and plans budgets for tree maintenance.
Assists with community affairs such as Arbor
Day and Earth Day.
Provides training for other property
maintenance staff in Tree and Plant Health Care.
Performs related duties as required.
Responsible for carrying out other duties as
assigned by the designated supervisor and or the property maintenance
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture /
Arboriculture, or related field supplemented by four to five years’ of related experience;
or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that
provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must be a Certified Arborists, licensed pesticide
applicator and have a valid state driver’s license.
QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Requirements: Tasks involve the ability to exert the
regular, and at times sustained performance of moderately physically demanding
work, typically involving some combination of climbing, balancing, stooping,
kneeling, crouching and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing and/or
pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 20 pounds), and
occasionally heavy objects and materials (up to 100 pounds).
Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge
the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics
(whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or
Communications: Requires the
ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the giving of assignments and/or directions
to subordinates and receiving assignments and/or direction from supervisor.
Ability: Requires ability to read a variety of policy
and procedure manuals, equipment manuals, instructions, etc. Requires the ability to prepare simple
records and forms with proper format. Requires the ability to speak with and
before others with poise, voice control and confidence.
Intelligence: Requires the ability
to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in
written, oral or diagrammatic form; to deal with problems involving several
concrete variables in or from standardized situations. Requires the ability to
learn and understand principles and techniques; to make routine independent
judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to
primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend received information.
Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver
information, to follow verbal and written instructions. Must be able to
communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and the general public.
Aptitude: Requires the ability to add and subtract
totals, to multiply and divide, and to determine time.
Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for
proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.
Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and
eyes using specialized machinery; and to operate motor vehicles.
Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of
items, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, tools, etc. Must have significant levels of eye/hand/foot
Color Discrimination and Visual Acuity:
Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades
of color; requires the visual acuity to determine depth perception, peripheral
vision, inspection for small parts; preparing and analyzing written or computer
Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people
beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress
when confronted with emergency situations or tight deadlines. The worker may be
subject to danger or risk to a moderate degree.
Communications: Requires the ability to talk and hear:
(talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words;
hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by
of Job: Has thorough knowledge of the methods,
procedures and policies of the Public Services Department as they pertain to
the performance of duties of the Tree Care Technician. Has knowledge of the
laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties
and responsibilities of the position. Is able to comprehend, interpret, and
apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has knowledge of
equipment maintenance procedures and techniques. Has knowledge of the standard
equipment, tools, materials, and practices of the trade. Is able to operate
various pieces of equipment and machinery with skill and safety. Is skilled in
the care and use of required equipment and tools. Is able to make repairs and
adjustments to equipment. Is able to perform duties effectively despite
exposure to extreme heat / cold, humidity, noise, dusts, machinery hazards,
wetness, etc. Has knowledge of how to react calmly and quickly in emergency
situations. Has knowledge of basic mathematics. Is able to prepare simple
records and forms with accuracy and in a timely manner. Is able to read various instructions and
other materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job. Is able to use
independent judgment in performing routine tasks. Is able to offer assistance to fellow
employees as necessary. Is able to learn and utilize new skills and information
to improve job performance and efficiency. Has knowledge of how to perform
duties in a courteous manner and with the utmost integrity in the best interest
of the public. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology used within the
department. Is capable of working under stressful conditions as required.
of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in
exercising duties and responsibilities.
Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies
that occur in areas of responsibility.
Maintains high quality communication and interaction with internal and
external entities with whom the position interacts.
of Work: Performs described Essential Functions and
related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of
work which consistently meets established standards and expectations.
Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing
assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with
directives, policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Maintains accountability for assigned
responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.
Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and
adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness.
Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and
and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and
self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities.
Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable
action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and
Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of
responsibility. Identifies issues or situations as they occur and specifies
decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions
to issues or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and
effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or
experienced advice where appropriate and researches issues, situations and
alternatives before exercising judgment.
Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction
and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such
instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are
justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with established policies or
procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and
improve cooperation intra- and inter-departmentally.
with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors
and co-workers for mutual benefit.
Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and
courteous relationships inter- and intra-departmentally, and with external
entities with whom the position interacts.
Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints
in order to establish and maintain good will. Emphasizes the importance of
maintaining a positive image.
of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine.
Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound
time-management methodology. Avoids
duplication of effort. Estimates
expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal
schedule accordingly. Attends required
meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with
priorities and estimated schedules.
and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and
housekeeping standards. Ensures such standards
are not violated.
DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment
agreement or contract. Management has
the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.