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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.