Must obtain an Iowa Pesticide Applicators License (3OT and Category 6) within 3 months of appointment.Must become International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, within two years of employment.Evaluates proposed tree planting plans for City properties and new developments to ensure compliance with adopted policies and the principles of modern urban forest management. Coordinates and participates in tree planting, pruning, removal, and application of fertilizers and pesticides as needed.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Plans, coordinates, and oversees the work of contractors and City employees for tree planting, tree pruning, tree removal, and chemical application.Develops, implements, and reviews staff training related to safety, chainsaw operation, tree pruning and trimming, tree removal, etc.Inspects trees for diseases, insect pests, and hazards to public safety.Oversees City contracts as it relates to tree removal, planting, and maintenance. Monitors and inspects work of contractors and City personnel performing work relating to trees.The selection process will include candidates taking the predictive index prior to the onsite visit.
Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.
Good knowledge of the types and uses of tools and equipment common to tree care (powered and manual); knowledge of the names and characteristics of shade and ornamental trees common to central Iowa; knowledge of hazard tree assessment and abatement methods; knowledge of tree pests and diseases and their remedies; knowledge of principles and practices of tree planting; knowledge of the materials and standard equipment used in general maintenance, construction, and repair work; extensive knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely with and around mechanized equipment.
Skill in the use of power and manual tools; skill in safely felling trees and limbs.
For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life.
For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective.
The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals with machines such as power saws where the sawing job is at or within arm’s reach; use of cars, trucks, and high lift equipment; preparing and analyzing data and figures; using computers; visual inspection of small parts, insects, and plant characteristics.