Arborist

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, United States
Full Time Agriculture Consultant Engineering Research Science

Job Description

NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/alachua/default.cfm

Salary: $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.

Occupations

Biological-Chemical Research, Clinical Research, Environmental-Geological Testing & Analysis, General-Other: R&D-Science, Materials-Physical Research, Mathematical-Statistical Research, Bio-Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Environmental and Geological Engineering, General-Other: Engineering, Project Management, Environmental Protection-Conservation

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA or BS), Graduate Degree, Master's Degree (M.A. or M.S.), Ph.D Degree, Other Doctorate Degree

Salary

$21.46/Hour