Arborist at Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:52 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Employer: Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

Expires: 12/16/2017

Arborist  PositionSALARY: 

$21.46/Hour
Bachelor's
degree in arboriculture or forestry and  two years of experience with
pruning, trimming, cutting, removal, planting, diagnosis and treatment
of tree problems, and maintenance of trees and shrubbery; or any
 equivalent combination of related training and experience. Must
possess certification from the International Society of Arboriculture as
a Certified Arborist. Must possess and maintain a valid State of
Florida driver's license. Successful completion of  a pre-employment
 physical examination  and  a  criminal history  background
investigation are required prior to employment. Must possess and
maintain a State of Florida Class "A" Commercial driver's license within
6 months of employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the
minimum education/experience requirement may  be considered for trainee
status.

 Position Summary:

This
is highly responsible specialized, technical work developing,
implementing and  maintaining the Alachua  County Tree Program. An
employee assigned to this classification plans, organizes, manages and
 directs the work associated with the planting, protection and
maintenance of trees on all County property including office buildings,
fire stations, road right-of-way, medians, stormwater basins  and  parks
and conservation lands. Work is performed under the direction
of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences,
reports, and observation of results obtained.

 Examples of Duties:

Directs, supervises and  assists in the structural pruning and removal of trees on County property. Identifies purchases, operates and maintains equipment necessary for planting and maintaining trees.  Operates truck and trailer combinations; hauls equipment, materials, debris and supplies. Responsible for the Tree Mitigation budget for the County's Tree Program. Cuts,
trims, prunes, clears, stakes and irrigates trees and shrubbery as
necessary for proper growth, health, density and appearance. Conducts tree evaluations on County property. Provides technical assistance and  professional direction for tree management. Administers annual contract(s) with local  nurseries to provide trees. Organizes volunteers for tree planting efforts. Receives  complaints from general public regarding trees on County property, inspects trees, and works to repair damage. Organizes inventory information on tree planting sites. Performs periodic inspections and  prepares reports and  recommendations concerning conditions and  needs  of trees. Develops and  implements amendments or changes to  ordinances regarding  tree protection, as required. Prepares preliminary and  final  reports based  on research, interviews or field investigations. Performs related work as required. NOTE:
These  examples are intended only  as illustrations of the various
kinds  of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The
omission of specific statements of duties does  not exclude them from
the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to
the position. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Extensive knowledge of arboricultural principles and  practices. Knowledge of tree care, pruning and planting techniques. Knowledge of occupational hazards and  safety precautions necessary in arboriculture.  Knowledge
of and  ability to apply  tree appraisal techniques, including the
relationship of planned, natural and  built environments. Knowledge of tree and shrub species  for appropriateness in rights of way and roadway medians and  stormwater basin  area. Knowledge
of local, state, and  federal rules, regulations, and  ordinances
related to environmental protection and  vegetation management. Knowledge of computers and  relevant software. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of tools and materials used in arboriculture. Ability to operate tools and equipment used in the maintenance and care of trees and shrubs. Ability to detect shrub and tree diseases and determine appropriate corrective measures. Ability to keep records and prepare reports.  Ability to analyze emergency situations quickly and  accurately and  respond with an appropriate course of action. Ability to establish and  maintain effective working relationships with employees, outside agencies, and  the general public. Ability to effectively oversee and coordinate work efforts of staff, contractors and/or volunteers. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and  in writing PHYSICAL
DEMANDS: 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. While  performing the duties of this job, the
employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel
 objects. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach
with hands  and  arms, and  talk or hear. The employee is occasionally
required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, and  crouch or crawl. The
employee must regularly lift and/or move  up to 50 pounds, frequently
lift and/or move  up to 75 pounds, and  occasionally lift and/or move
 in excess  of 100 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work
environment characteristics described here are representative of those
an employee encounters while  performing the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may  be made  to enable  individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While
performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near
moving mechanical parts, and is regularly exposed to outside weather
conditions, and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes
or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or
caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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