Location: Town of West Hartford
Posting date: 09/22/2023
Closing date: 10/03/2023
Salary Range: $30.57 - $36.80/hour
Under the general supervision of the Grounds Maintenance Manager, or designee, performs tasks that involve the care and maintenance of shade and ornamental trees and a variety of types of shrubs in the urban forest of the Town of West Hartford. This work involves the pruning, removal of trees and their general maintenance. Assists with the inspection and determining the extent of pruning, surgery, removal, elevating or other corrective action required for trees and shrubs located on public property. Incumbent performs duties that vary in complexity requiring the exercise of independent judgment in accomplishing work assignments.
Work is performed primarily outdoors for prolonged periods at a variety of field assignments. Work involves moderate risks and/or discomforts which require special safety precautions, including, but not limited to personal protective equipment. Frequent heavy physical exertion required including standing, walking, repetitive digging, shoveling, bending, and reaching. Must be able to lift heavy tools, equipment and objects of 50 pounds in repetitive fashion and perform functions in a bucket truck at heights of up to 75 feet. Operates equipment and trucks for an extended period of time. Work is performed in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to varying weather conditions and/or temperature extremes. Exposure to dirt, noise, fumes, chemicals/pesticides, and other disagreeable conditions. Position requires the ability to travel in a town vehicle frequently to and between facilities and locations throughout town.
Essential Job Functions
Operates aerial bucket truck to perform tree maintenance activities.
Climbs trees, using safety equipment and tools, and prunes trees to eliminate hazards and preserve tree health.
Removes broken branches of limbs and prunes branches, fertilizes, waters, and cultivates trees and shrubs.
Assists in tree surgery work. Evacuates diseased part of trunks and branches.
Fells dead or hazardous trees using chain saws, ropes, and aerial bucket truck.
Coordinates the work group when engaged in the pruning and removal of trees and their general maintenance to assure proper communication and safety while on-site.
Assists in training employees in the proper and safe practices used in tree care.
Conducts visual inspection of trees along right of way, parks, alleys, and other public properties to recommend corrective action necessary to alleviate any problems.
Assists in investigating work requests and makes recommendations regarding the type of work to be performed.
Applies insecticides and fungicides as directed.
Braces, bolts, and cables branches.
Operates and feeds the chipper and enforces safety rules.
Operates power driven machinery such as a chain saw, hydraulic pruning equipment, gasoline powered hedge trimmer, stump grinder or other similarly sized equipment.
Sharpens chain saw chains with a hand file and performs minor field repairs.
Cleans equipment using appropriate materials.
Cleans debris from tree trimming or removal operations using a shovel, rake or other tools.
Loads trucks and hauls material and equipment.
Additional Job Responsibilities
Operates a truck, other automotive equipment and miscellaneous tools and equipment.
Performs general seasonal maintenance and repair work on grounds and facilities including plowing and shoveling snow in and around Town parks, grounds and parkways as identified in the Grounds Maintainer job description.
Performs other related duties as requested.
High school diploma or GED with three (3) years experience caring for and cultivating trees and shrubs, including tree pruning and removal work; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License ( CDL ) and applicable State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Commercial Operator certificate. Driving record must be in accordance with the Town of West Hartford Driving policy
NOTE: If otherwise not possessed, the CDL and operator's certification must be obtained during the probationary period and be maintained as a condition of employment.
Applicants must possess and maintain a driving record in accordance with the Town of West Hartford's Safe Driving Record Policy. An individual may not be considered for appointment if he or she has had a major violation conviction within a three year period; four or more motor vehicle violations other than major within a three year period; or suspension or revocation of a license for any reason in the past five years. Applicants must complete the Driving Supplement to Employment Application.
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY
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