Job Title: Arborist Trainee (Apprentice)

Job Description: The primary function of the arborist trainee is to assist an arborist in accomplishing tasks such as pruning, cabling, bracing, fertilizing, treating, removing and planting of trees. Training for these basic tasks include learning about safe work procedures, small equipment operation, and basic knowledge related to arboriculture. The above task work procedures and safe work practices are required to fulfill our clients' needs. The apprentice's actions are all directed toward satisfying the client, the arborist representative and the crew leaders, while at the same time maintaining a safe, efficient, and productive operation.

Job performance abilities include the following:

  1. Work safely
  2. Learn new skills
  3. Communicate with other crew members effectively (hear verbal instructions, sometimes from a few hundred feet away)
  4. Work in adverse weather conditions, i.e. cold, heat, rain, snow
  5. Lift heavy objects sometimes weighing 75 pounds or more
  6. Bend to lift objects from the ground
  7. Sometimes work standing on uneven ground for long periods of time
  8. Lift and push brush into a brush chipper, with training
  9. Assist plant health care technicians/applicators in treatment operations (during months of April through November), i.e.
    1. assist in dragging heavy applicator hose
    2. move lawn and patio furniture
    3. write notes on work orders and client leave-behinds
    4. converse with clients
  10. Pour/pump gasoline and diesel into equipment in a safe, efficient manner
  11. Must be able and willing to wear safety equipment at all times, i.e. hard hat, hearing protection, eye protection, chain saw protective apparel
  12. Climb in and out of large trucks; both from the cab and the rear of the trucks to perform duties such as unloading plants
  13. Read, understand and use a street map book
  14. Use shovels, rakes, picks, wheelbarrow and other hand tools to spread topsoil, mulch, stone and other landscape materials
  15. Operate small powered equipment such as a leaf blower
  16. On occasion, work using a chainsaw only after demonstrating competence in using one
  17. Prepare ground work efficiently
  18. Wash company vehicles to maintain clean work environment and a quality public image