ARBORIST II –
Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department - Forestry – (1) Full-time Position – 40 hours/week (days 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).
The Forestry Division is seeking a qualified candidate to fill one Arborist vacancy. The City of Portland, also known as “Forest City”, is offering a unique opportunity to join a strong team of skilled Arborists as they maintain Portland’s beautiful tree canopy. This position performs skilled arboricultural work, including aerial work in trees by climbing with various tree climbing systems and aerial lifts. Such duties include: tree planting, tree pruning, heritage tree maintenance, tree and stump removal, along with related care and maintenance of trees such as controlling invasive tree pests. Along with this exciting work opportunity, the City of Portland provides a comprehensive benefits package and career advancement opportunities that are available when employees satisfy the requirements of each level of the Labor and Trades Bargaining Agreement Arborist Career Ladder. If joining the City’s Forestry team as they maintain our numerous trees sounds like an opportunity for you, apply today!
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Ability to care for Portland’s trees in a wide range of weather conditions, proficient use / experience in the maintenance of the various types of Forestry equipment, ranging from chainsaws, brush chipper, aerial lift, log truck, stump grinder, tractors, loaders and chip trucks. Possess the skill and ability to climb trees using updated climbing systems, knowledge of safety requirements including pre-work tree assessment and job briefing, PPE requirements, ANSI Z133 and A300 procedures, plants, waters and fertilizes trees and cares for public landscapes. May supervise a small crew of workers assisting in caring for trees. Participates in Winter Operations including snow plowing and snow removal. Performs related work as required.
Requirements of Work: Previous work experience, education & training in arboriculture. The ability to climb trees. Able to maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, officials, co-workers and the general public. Skilled in the proper use of tree climbing systems, PPE, lowering devices, use of ropes, lowering lines and related arboricultural tools (including hand saws, pole pruners, chain saws). Thorough knowledge of various knots used in climbing and lowering, the sharpening and care of power saws and related safety equipment. Possess the physical strength and agility necessary to perform the essential functions of the work under exposure to varied weather conditions. Knowledge of tree identification, growth habits along with ANSI A300 and Z133 OSHA requirements for arboriculture and electrical safety. Thorough knowledge of tree and shrub identification, tree physiology, tree disease and insect identification.
Necessary Requirements: Must possess Maine Arborist License (landscape and utility). Possess a Maine Pesticide Applicator’s License with either category 3A or 6D (municipal or ornamental). Successful completion of departmental certifications in the safe operation of forestry equipment and demonstration of arboricultural skills required of an Arborist II.
Special Requirements: Must possess a valid Maine Class B CDL driver's license and have and maintain a good driving record. Must undergo pre-employment fitness assessment and federally mandated drug and alcohol test. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal conviction background.
Labor & Trades – Grade 18 - Pay range starting at $834.00/week – 6 month step.
Accepting applications until the vacancy is filled.
City Benefits -
Permanent, full-time employees receive a generous benefits package which includes 13 ½ paid holidays; employee health insurance; sick and vacation leave; optional life, dental, vision and income protection insurances; choice of retirement plans; and tuition reduction program with the University of Southern Maine. Part-time employees may receive a pro-rated benefits package which may include some, but not all, of the benefits listed above.
The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.
Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
***COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate*** As a condition of employment, you must demonstrate proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start of employment. If you cannot get vaccinated due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief, you may request an exemption as a reasonable accommodation. Failure to provide proof of vaccination will result in your exclusion from employment with the City of Portland.