Tree Worker


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109 3rd Ave S
United States of America



Pay $16.44 - $17.90/hour

Purpose of Job


Assists in work associated with planting and trimming of trees, irrigation systems maintenance, and general grounds work as associated with the overall tree care of City owned property. Requires the use of specialized equipment associated with tree trimming.


II. Essential Job Duties 


A.  Tree and lawn maintenance  

  • Climbs trees, operates tree trimming and climbing equipment in a safe and effective manner; performs heavy manual labor in varied assignments.
  • Assists in propagating and cultivating a wide variety of trees and performs a wide range of gardening work, such as fertilizing different varieties of trees using root feeding and soil additive techniques; transplanting trees; pruning and trimming shrubs, trees, and other plants to remove defects and excess branches and to obtain a proper balance between roots and top growth; mows and trims lawns and lays mulch.
  • Assists in maintaining park trees; oversees removal or pruning of all park trees; access both street and park trees; arranges and supervises contract tree work, including spraying trees with pesticides. Assist in tree maintenance and removals throughout the parks system or city right-of-ways.


B.  Maintains and transports equipment  

  • Performs general inspections of all equipment including fluids, belts, and blades before using.
  • Performs general maintenance of equipment including cleaning, greasing, and blade sharpening.
  • Cleans and maintains all equipment and work areas.
  • Loads and unloads all equipment for transportation to worksites.


III. Other Job Duties


Performs other job duties as assigned, including:

  • Assists with preparing parks for special events.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities to assist other employees in the department as required.


IV. Primary Job Challenges


Primary challenges of this position include understanding horticultural practices and being able to work with and maintain a wide variety of trees and landscapes.


V.  Equipment Operated


Operates and maintains commercial grade lawn mowers, weed eaters, blowers, bush hogs, and chainsaws, bucket truck, wood chipper and stump grinder.


VI. Key Competencies Required

  • Job Content Knowledge

Has general knowledge of policies, procedures, and activities of the City, landscape and construction practices as they pertain to the performance of duties related to this position. Is able to determine and decide upon procedures to be implemented in maintaining safety codes and standards, and resolving problems.  Knows how to determine and ensure the safety of work sites.  Is skilled in the operation of a variety of equipment utilized in the performance of assigned duties. Is knowledgeable of the language and terminology used within the department.


  • Language Skills:  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


  • Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.


  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out multi-step instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems by choosing from several known choices with frequent reliance on how problems were dealt with before.


  • Teamwork:  Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.  Encourages others to express their ideas and opinions.  Provides input into identifying and solving problems.  Anticipates need of others for information about job tasks and work environment and provides it to them in a timely manner.  Willingly assists others with job tasks when appropriate. 


VII. Physical Demands and Work Environment


Physical Demands: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires the incumbent to:


  • Regularly stand.
  • Regularly walk.
  • Regularly use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
  • Regularly reach with hands and arms.         
  • Regularly climb or balance.                          
  • Occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Occasionally talk or hear.                                  
  • Regularly lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally lift up to 100 pounds.


Work Environment:  Performance of the essential duties of this job requires:


  • Regular Work near moving mechanical parts
  • Regular work in high, precarious places
  • Regular exposure to fumes or airborne particles
  • Occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Regular exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Regular exposure to vibration.


The work environment is loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment). 

Minimum Requirements



Education and Experience: The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of a High School Diploma or GED, plus six months to one year of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 



TN Driver’s License and CDL License

Pay $16.44 - $17.90/hour