Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $48,648.00 gross per year


Nature of Work
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 12/06/19 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Starting salary rate is at Step 1 ($4,054/month). The current full salary range for this position is $4,054/month - $4,939/month.

This recruitment process will create a Civil Service eligibility register that will be used to fill vacancies as they occur.There is 1 current full-time vacancy. This position is represented by a union.

The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for six months, or longer as established by the Civil Service Commission at a later date.

The Park Technician - Urban Forestry works closely with the Park Arborist to perform technical tree work and other arboricultural responsibilities.Assists with, as well as performs, aerial tree work including climbing and lift-truck operation.Organizes and sets up climbing and rigging gear, setting up anchors and rigging points, and operates lines and lowering devices.This position oversees the worksheet to ensure the safety of the work crew and the public.Oversees and trains assigned staff in all areas of tree work.Work zones include interface between public and private properties, sometimes under stressful or hazardous conditions such as storm damage. May also work independently.

- Works closely with Park Arborist as a team to carry out technical tree work.Gives input to the Park Arborist in developing the technical work plan. Assists in assessing the site, checking for safety hazards, determining equipment and personnel needs for task, and determining the extent of the job.Tasks include: organizing and setting up climbing and rigging gear, setting up anchors and rigging points and operating lines and lowering devices.Oversees the work-site to ensure the safety of the work crew and the public.
- Supports the Arborist in the program area to meet the goals of the program.
- Performs tree work including climbing with rope and saddle, climbing with spurs and flipline as well as aerial lifts.This includes the operation of chainsaws and rigging systems in aerial situations as well as on the ground.Performs work on the ground including tree felling, bucking, and chipping limbs.
- Conducts daily visual inspection and maintains all assigned equipment.
- Assists in inspecting and monitoring trees and forest stands for safety concerns and maintenance needs using written and GIS-generated plans, maps,Tree Risk Assessment documents, and both public and private drawings.
- Operates a wide variety of equipment such as trucks, brush chippers, tractor/loaders, chainsaws, blowers and trimmers, as well as other power equipment and hand tools. Operates large dump trucks with large brush chipper in tow.Repairs and maintains chainsaws and other equipment used in the Urban Forestry program and located at Park Operations.
- Works in the street tree program pruning, planting and removing trees. Includes setting up traffic control, using aerial lifts and working in the street. Works independently or with a crew in other areas of the Parks system to perform horticulture tasks such as pruning, planting, tree removals and related maintenance.
- Answers questions and concerns from the public and from staff in other program areas.
- Assists the Arborist in maintaining the inventory of work and assets by documentation, mapping, in-field survey and data entry.Works to establish, monitor and document Park Land Boundary.Documents encroachments.
- Trains and leads the work of other park technician, park workers and seasonal employees in tree care practices including felling; pruning; and, operation of lifting and lowering devices, chainsaws, aerial lift and chipper.
- Works to re-vegetate sites including site prep, planting and follow up care.May include removal of existing vegetation; grading and digging by hand or with equipment; planting, pruning and weeding new plantings.
- Applies pesticides in accordance to City, state and federal regulations under the direction of the Park Specialist.

Physical abilities to perform required duties of the position including:
- the flexibility, balance and agility required to frequently working at heights of at least 150 feet;
- frequent lifting of up to 50 lbs. and occasional lifting of up to 100 lbs. with assistance.


Majority of work is performed outdoors, in all weather conditions, performing technical tree work and assessing tree hazards and other situations in the City's areas of responsibility.Environment creates potentially hazardous conditions, including working at considerable heights with chainsaws and rigging and working in traffic zones Works in natural areas, developed park sites, as well as in urban streetscapes.Some documentation and equipment maintenance work is performed in an indoor setting.

Experience and Training

- Two years of experience in professional tree care including pruning, felling, removals, and using lowering systems.
- Two years of experience in climbing techniques and rigging systems.
- Two years Tree Risk Assessment experience.
- Successful completion of coursework relative to arboriculture may substitute for one year of required experience.

Necessary Special Requirements

- Valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record.A three-year driving abstract must be submitted prior to hire.
- Must secure and maintain an I.S.A. Certified Arborist Certification within 24 months of hire.
- Ability to secure within twelve months of hire and maintain a Washington State Pesticide License.
- Ability to secure a Commercial Driver's License within six months of hire and to maintain a valid CDL during length of employment (as required).
- Ability to achieve TRAQ or (have similar knowledge) within 36 months of hire.
- Ability to secure and maintain a Flagging Certification within six months of hire.
- Ability to secure and maintain a valid First Aid and CPR certification within six months of hire.
- Must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to hire.
- Must be willing and able to respond to emergency call-out.

Selection Process
**You are encouraged to print a copy of this job announcement for your reference as the process moves along**

Please ensure your application is complete and all required information has been provided. Standard completeness means all application fields (contact information, personal information, education, work experience, references, and required supplemental questions). The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questionnaire. Provide as much detail as you believe will fully describe your experience and training.

Cover letters and resumes are not reviewed to determine if your application meets minimum qualifications. Supplemental Questionnaire responses not supported in your application will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

Application Review process:

- Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must provide specific, detailed information so an initial determination can be made regarding your level of qualifications for this position. Applicant status will be updated on or aroundDecember 10, 2019.
- Supplemental Question Review: The applicants that meet minimum qualifications will go through a Supplemental QuestionReview.Relevancy of your experience and training, together with composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be considered when evaluating responses. Applicant status will be updated on or aroundDecember 19, 2019.
- The toptwelve (12) scoring candidates from the Supplemental Question Review will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview, tentatively scheduled forthe week of January 6, 2020.
- Candidates will be notified via email of Final Scores & Ranks. The final ranking of the register will be based on total scores for the following: Supplemental Question Review (40%) and Oral Board Interview (60%).

The final candidates will be referred to the department for additional assessment.

The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for6 months, or longer as established by the Civil Service Commission at a later date.

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.

Equal Opportunity:
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its work force. We do not make decisions on the basis of an individual's race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for employment.

Fair Hiring Practices

- The City provides individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense an equal and fair opportunity to obtain employment.
- The City will not inquire about an applicant's criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.
- The City will disregard the prior arrest and conviction record of an otherwise qualified individual unless the offense is directly related to the job position for which the individual has applied.
- The City will notify an otherwise qualified applicant about a potentially disqualifying conviction and give the applicant an opportunity to submit information regarding the accuracy of the criminal records as well as evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation, as appropriate.

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