Tree Trimmer

  • City of Merced
  • Merced, California
  • Sep 22, 2021
Full Time Forestry Grounds and Landscaping Services
  • Salary: $51,188.80 - $62,233.60 Annually USD

Job Description


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general supervision, perform semi-skilled work in the care, maintenance, and preservation of city trees and other foliage, structures, and items requiring work at various heights; operate and maintain a variety of tools and equipment; and perform related work as required.

This is the journey level class in the Tree Trimmer series. Positions in this class perform the full range of tree trimming work. Incumbents initially work under supervision, but are expected to perform with increasing independence as experience and skills are acquired.

Public Works Supervisor - Parks/Trees or designee.

This is not a supervisory classification.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
  1. Maintain City trees for public safety by performing tree pruning and tree and stump removal functions.
  2. Climb trees using such equipment as ropes, ladders, and hydraulic lifts for tree-trimming purposes.
  3. Cut and trim tree branches and limbs which create hazardous conditions to power lines, high voltage wires, and roadways; prune and shape trees and shrubs.
  4. Remove rubbish, dead limbs, hanging limbs, and mistletoes from trees; fell dead trees.
  5. Repair trees damaged by storms or lightning; reinforce trees with cable on rope.
  6. Plant, fertilize, and water trees; spray trees to prevent bug damage and disease.
  7. Haul tree and shrub debris to landfill site, agriculture sites, private residence and city landscape areas.
  8. Maintain the City tree nursery.
  9. Operate, sharpen and maintain tree-trimming equipment and tools including trucks, aerial lift truck, chain saws, pole saws, mulchers, and sprayers.
  10. Perform traffic control to ensure safety of cars, pedestrians and tree crew in high traffic areas.
  11. Respond to emergency calls after hours, nights, and weekends regarding fallen trees or limbs.
  12. Attend safety trainings and participate in the health wellness program, as needed.
  13. Install holiday lights and banners during events; assist Public Works divisions to install antennas, cameras, and related equipment, as needed.
  14. Perform related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Methods, techniques, procedures, and materials used in tree trimming, surgery operations, tree removal, and planting.
Tools, material, and equipment needed to maintain City trees.
Forestry principles and practices including tree identification.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices associated with the operation of tree trimming equipment and tree rescue procedures.
Traffic control including placement of cones and warning signs.
Common tree diseases and pests and their treatment.
The use and application of hazardous chemicals, insecticides and fertilizers.
Record keeping principles and practices.

Ability to:
Safely operate tree trimming tools and equipment such as chain saws, pole saws, lift truck, tractors, mulchers, and sprayers.
Climb trees for tree trimming purposes.
Trim, prune, and remove all types and sizes of City trees.
Apply pesticides in a safe and effective manner.
Perform a variety of manual tasks for extended periods of time in unfavorable weather conditions.
Perform heavy manual labor.
Recognize and identify common tree diseases and destructive insects.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Keep accurate records of daily activity.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Education/Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade.
Experience in the maintenance and care of trees.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid Class B California Driver License.
Possession of a valid California Pesticide Applicator's License.
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions. Environment : Work is performed in a field environment with travel from site to site; work at heights including on ladders; and exposure to dust, noise, heavy construction equipment and inclement weather conditions.
Physical : Primary functions require sufficient physical ability necessary for climbing trees, walking, standing, bending, and kneeling for prolonged periods of time; moderate to heavy lifting up to 90 lbs; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; and operate and use a variety of hand tools, motorized equipment, and vehicles.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Merced, California United States View Map