Tree Trimmer

  • 006117

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, operates a variety of heavy and light manual and power equipment to trim, shape, cut back and clear trees and branches which pose a hazard; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Contacts citizens so that vehicles can be moved from job site.
  2. Establishes a safe working zone and job site.
  3. Operates or oversees a variety of tree trimming equipment (e.g., saws, chippers, stump grinders, lightning loaders, bucket truck) to remove hazards.
  4. Removes, hauls and disposes of trash, sod, dirt, stumps.
  5. Replaces sod as necessary to restore job site.
  • Knowledge of equipment, methods, and techniques appropriate to department assignment.
  • Knowledge of operation of a variety of heavy and light equipment and vehicles.
  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations regarding line clearance.
  • Skill in instructing, and training skilled and un-skilled workers.
  • Skill in operating and working around moving equipment.
  • Skill in utilizing public relations techniques in responding to inquiries and complaints.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Skill in using hand and power tools.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Eight Grade education, and two (2) years of related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. High school diploma or GED, preferred. OSHA line clearance certification and a valid Florida Class B driver’s license are required.

Last revision date: March 2007
Overtime: Yes
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