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17-0425 Sr. Arborist Technician
DEFINITION: Under the general supervision is provided by the Forestry Supervisor, act as lead worker to arborist technician, temporary & seasonal employees.  Assist and fill in for Forestry Contract Maintenance Supervisor as needed.  Perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks related to tree care and maintenance of trees and shrubs, including the operation and maintenance of various specialized equipment.  Plan, organize, coordinate, supervise internal staff with maintenance and tree care on city property and rights of way.  Coordinate and monitor contracted tree maintenance services.   Supports Forestry Services with public outreach and education.  Model and conducts self with City of Longmont Organizational Values in mind during daily work.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Plant new shrubs and trees.  Remove, prune and maintain City-owned trees and other vegetation.  Clean up debris resulting from tree maintenance and storm related damage. Coordinates emergency response related to tree hazards due to wind/snow storms, lightning strikes, construction impacts, and tree related vehicle accidents.  Responds to tree related emergencies when contacted by City Forester, police dispatch, public works, or private residents.  Appropriately assesses priority and corrective action. Perform tree maintenance operations in compliance with standards and specifications. Contract management.  Inspect work and monitor compliance with tree maintenance contracts.  Preparation of bids, determines tree work need, and provides written instructions.  Works with multiple contractors.   Coordinates and implements tree pruning rotation and removal program based on annual budget.  Effectively determines tree maintenance needs based on individual tree health and safety. Identify and determine appropriate control for insect and disease infestations. Operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools.  Operate aerial lift truck, grapple truck, stump grinder, brush chipper, and other equipment as needed.  Perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on large and small equipment. Perform tree maintenance and inspections through the use of Aerial Lift, rope and saddle climbing techniques common to the Arboriculture industry. Determine appropriate mitigation and risk management measures/methods based on tree assessments performed on city trees. Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public related to sick, damaged or hazardous trees. Advanced identification of tree species.  Advanced knowledge of various characteristics of a wide variety of tree species. Conduct safety meetings for department on tree health, safety, tree care, and maintenance. Practices attentive and active listening.  Utilizes patience to hear other perspectives and restate the opinion of others.  Collaborates to achieve solutions based on effective communication. Practices effective time management techniques.  Uses time effectively and efficiently to prioritize work needs.  Can attend to a broad range of activities. Perform inventory surveys; enter and retrieve data from tree inventory software program. Assist with public outreach programs.  Assist with committee and activities such as Arbor Day. Attend professional workshops and meetings concerning tree care and management.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed outside most of the time, under varying and extreme weather conditions.  Ability to work in environmental conditions which may include excessive noise; dust, pollen, gases, oils, solvents, and chemicals including a variety of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Work requires considerable physical effort including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, pulling, pushing, walking, and standing for extended periods of time.  Work also involves the ability to perform duties at a variety of heights.  Work may be performed on weekends; overtime and adjusted schedules may also be required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Four (4) years Arboricultural or related experience; B.S. degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field highly desired; ISA Arborist Certification, completion of community first aid, defensive driving training, and additional related training approved by the Division. Special Qualifications: Possession of a Class “B" Colorado CDL with airbrake endorsement. Possession of First Aid certifications. Possession of the ISA Arborist Certification

Selection process will include complete job description review, personal interview, background investigation, criminal background check, physical abilities test and substance screening.

DEADLINE: CITY APPLICATION (required) must be received by the Human Resources Department, 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501, no later than 5:00 pm, Mountain Time, on August 16, 2017. An online application process