Develops and maintains an inventory of trees on City property to include species, condition, location, maintenance records, etc.Oversees the implementation of the City’s Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan and Urban Forest Diversification and Reforestation Program.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.The worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions including extreme cold, heat, noise, vibration, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, chemical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin; darkness or poor lighting conditions, oils and isolation.An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.Must possess a valid type A Commercial Driver’s License within 6 months of appointment.Work at heights while operating chain saws or other tools.Selection Process The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, thorough completion of the application, a 70% or better score of an evaluation of responses to the supplemental questions included with the application form, phone interview, and an on-site visit which will include an oral board interview to determine civil service eligibility, meetings with staff members, tour, lunch with staff members, and a manager meeting.
Communicates with the public regarding tree management initiatives and City policies related to trees.
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.
The individual hired for this position will need to possess excellent communication skills including verbal and written in order to train and direct the work of full and part time staff as well as volunteers.
This individual may also be required to present to City Council, City Departments, Developers, Neighborhood groups and others.