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Application Review Date The First Review Date for this job is: January 31, 2019
Departmental Overview Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations, Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.
Responsibilities Field Duties
Overseeing the work of the Tree Trimmer. Follows ISA standards, proper safety procedures using appropriate PPE, Facilities Services Code of Cond Code of and Grounds Services operating procedures, Inspects, climes, cables, Conduct, and Grounds Services operating procedures. Inspects, climbs, cables, braces, prunes, and removes, trees and shrubs. Performs all clean-up activities associated with tree work.
Works primarily with hand saw, pruning shears, chain saw wood chipper, Bobcat with grapple and stump grinder attachments, aerial lift, Hobs lowering device, and climbing and rigging ropes.
Maintains power tools, hand tools, ropes, rigging devices, and saddles. Cleans and sharpens tools and power saws. Cleans and systematize trucks.
Inspects and diagnoses trees for various plant pathologies including bacterial and fungal diseases, insect problems, and nutritional deficiencies. Also inspects for construction damage, hazardous trees. Takes corrective action as required, and/or as assigned.
Responsibilities also include ensuring that proper pedestrian or vehicular traffic controls are in place when appropriate and that all safety measures and practices are in place and followed at all times.
Works cooperatively with other Facilities Services units, Capital Project staff, and other campus customers, and outside agencies such as PG&E and the City of Berkeley.
Diagnoses and treats damage to trees resulting from the action of common diseases and pests
Prepares, uses and supervises others in the preparation and use of spray pesticides
Keeps up-to-date knowledge on spray pesticides and state and federal regulations governing their use
Is expert in the use of all tools and safety procedures required to perform activities such as pruning and tree topping at heights of about 75 feet
Exercises considerable discretion to choose appropriate work methods, personnel, tools, and safety precautions for different jobs
Overseeing the work of the Tree Trimmer
Give daily work assignments to crew
Give daily feedback to crew regarding ways to do jobs
Prepare written estimates for customers
Provide safety training on a daily basis as needed with crew
Keeps up-to-dated record of trees on UC-Berkeley campus; plans tree planting; recommends replacement for trees lost by natural causes and construction. Update Arbor Pro inventory.
May teach courses for grounds personnel and students in areas such as ornamental horticulture
Initiates events such as tree walks and ecology projects for students
Annually recommends equipment and supplies required by the tree crew.
Attends ISA or WCISA sponsored events or reads articles/study guides to accumulate the appropriate amount of CEUs to maintain ISA Arborist certification.
Conducts and maintains inventory for equipment and tools
Fills out their time cards each day and prior to scheduled time off.
Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines. Attend job-related and safety training as required.
Use required or appropriate PPE. Follow appropriate safety procedures, and the proper use and care of equipment such as the chainsaw, wood chipper and aerial lift.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Must be a Certified Arborist.
Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, and the general public.
Must be able to work cooperatively in a group setting.
Must know and follow the ANSI A300-Tree, Shrub, and other Woody Maintenance
Standard and Pruning Practices, Part 1-Pruning and Part 3-Support Systems
Must know the state and proper use of a hand saw, pruning shear, chain saw wood chipper, Bobcat with grapple and stump grinder attachments, aerial lift, Hobs lowering device, and climbing and rigging ropes.
Must be able to drive one-ton trucks the Hi-Ranger aerial lift, and proficiently position the wood chipper while driving in reverse.
Knowledge and ability to properly operate, and provide daily/weekly basic maintenance of landscape maintenance equipment such as: chain saw, and wood chipper.
Must have 2 years of experience in climbing trees, performing crown restoration, removing hazardous branches or trees, using rigging and related knots, and using tree trimming tools and equipment.
Ability to use computer programs, email, and update database.
Must have the ability to work with CMMS system organization, management, and maintenance; general work order/ work flow management and asset maintenance (using CMMS software) Maximo Work Order System.
Must be proficient in tree climbing using climbing saddle and ropes, and also proficient in rigging.
Experience assigning tasks and leading crew
Must possess the ability and knowledge to necessary to safely and expeditiously perform tree specialist duties.
Sufficient knowledge of the structure, function, and generic names for trees to allow easy communication with horticulturists or arborists when necessary.
Ability to effectively communicate information to grounds personnel, students and community people.
Extensive knowledge of University trees and ecology
Must be available to respond to emergencies, work on-call, rotating swing shift and holidays. Adhere to Facilities Services' work rules and Code of Conduct. Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.
Hours of work are Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM. - 3:00 P.M.
Salary & Benefits This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is $25.51 per hour, per the Union negotiated rate at Step 1.0.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Physical Exam Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
Conviction History Background This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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