Arborist Technician - Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver, Colorado

Created 10/13/2021
Reference 470123
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Colorado
City Denver
About Our Job

Employment Requirement: City employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment. Refer to the COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Mandate Candidate Q&A for additional information.

This is a limited position with an expected end date of December 31, 2023.

Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking an Arborist Technician I to perform general forestry work to support Denver's urban forest. This includes tree climbing, pruning, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, tree removal, insect/disease identification, pesticide application, and inventory.

This is a great opportunity for an Arborist who is looking for job stability and wants to work on a team that values professional growth and employee well-being. Denver's Urban Forestry Operations team works hard, and their high energy is driven by a passion for serving the citizens of Denver and enhancing Denver's urban tree canopy.

The typical work schedule will be Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with occasional weekend hours as needed.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Prune dead, diseased, or broken limbs from trees utilizing rope and saddle, chain, hand saw, and other related equipment involved in large tree care (more than 70') and small tree maintenance
  • Perform plant health care duties as assigned
  • Perform duties related to tree maintenance including insect and disease identification and control, removals, pruning, planting, stumping, cabling/bracing, watering/fertilizing, and pesticide application
  • Observe and follow safety rules and regulations
  • Inspect and identify tree diseases and insects of the area distinguishing between biotic and abiotic conditions such as beneficial insects and environmental stress which is frequent in the Denver area
  • Operate a wide variety of heavy mechanized equipment in pruning and removing trees and shrubbery, including a mobile aerial tower unit, log loader trucks, tandem trucks, crane trucks, water trucks, trash trucks, front end loaders, skid steers, tractors, stump grinders and chippers
  • Ensure proper preparation and application of pesticides with high velocity spray and soil injection equipment
  • Place and remove barricade, cones, and other traffic control and safety devices in and around work area. May act as a traffic safety flagger position to temporarily control vehicular and pedestrian traffic in and around the work area
  • Maintain records and prepare daily activity reports
  • Take samples from diseased or insect infested trees for laboratory analysis
  • Perform preventative maintenance and basic repair on equipment
  • Perform snow removal operations as needed

About You

We are looking for an up-and-coming professional arborist with enthusiasm and passion for arboriculture and tree maintenance who is eager to learn and develop their skills. The ideal candidate will be adept at ensuring safety and resourcefulness and will possess strong skills for interacting positively with the public. Additionally, our ideal candidate will have:
  • Experience with Tree Keeper (tree inventory program) and Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • A State of Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified Operator License
  • Experience with rope and saddle technical rigging, advanced pruning, and removals

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate
  • Experience: Six (6) months of experience in tree identification, diagnosis, and management of abiotic and biotic plant stresses and tree pruning and removing techniques
  • Licensures/Certification(s): This job requires driving. Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application. Requires the following licenses or certifications by the end of the probation period:
    • Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) "B" with appropriate endorsements
    • Emergency Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) certification
    • First Aid/CPR certification
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist or Aerial Lift Specialist certification is required within 18 months of hire. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CJ2612 Arborist Technician I
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Position Type
Limited (Fixed Term)

Position Salary Range
$20.07 - $30.11

Starting Pay
$20.07 - $25.09/hour based on experience and education

Parks and Recreation

Assessment Requirement
Performance Test

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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Employer City and County of Denver

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