Senior Maintenance Worker (Street Trees)

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Building Maintenance
  • Salary: $40,310.40 - $55,556.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

This recruitment is to fill one vacancy in the Street Trees Division.

The Street Trees Division is responsible for the care and maintenance of trees within the City right-of-way. The Senior position will be expected to perform complex and skilled tree maintenance tasks, such as climbing, tree inspections, and limb, branch or tree removal.

Recruitment open until filled.

Salary placement upon hire: Employees may expect to be placed on the salary range between steps A - F; however, additional steps may be considered based on prior education and experience.

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department. Due to this redaction, resumes, certificates, or any other attachment with PII will not be forwarded until after an interview schedule is determined. As such, candidates should ensure that the entered "Work Experience" and "Certifications" sections match the submitted resume.

Job Description

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Typical Duties for this position in the Street Trees Division:
  • Operate boom trucks, loaders, stump grinder, brush chippers, tractors, power saws, trucks, sprayers, and other equipment and tools.
  • Operate chipping equipment, and feed limbs and brush into the machines.
  • Load debris and refuse onto trucks and haul it away for disposal.
  • Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment.
  • Cut down trees as directed by assigned supervisor.
  • Clear sites, streets, and grounds of woody and herbaceous materials, such as tree stumps and fallen trees and limbs.
  • Climb trees using ropes, or climb ladders to gain access to work areas.
  • Hoist tools and equipment, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle.
  • Collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes or other tools.
  • Cut away dead and excess branches from trees, using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms, and/or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers.
  • Inspect trees to determine if they have diseases or pest problems.
  • Spray and fertilize trees to treat diseased or unhealthy trees, including mixing chemicals and calibrating spray equipment.
  • Water trees and operate water truck.
  • Plant, stake and mulch trees and shrubs to Z60.1 standards.
  • Conduct all tree work to ANSI A300 standards.
  • Work safely to Z133.1 standards.
  • Assist in tree inventory and tree assessment surveys.
  • Requisition and maintain records of tools and equipment.
  • Keep records and make reports of supplies used.
  • Coordinate and Supervise others engaged in tree trimming work and train lower-level employees.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:
Experience & Education : One year of experience performing duties similar to those assigned to the Maintenance Worker class. Specialized training in public works construction and maintenance work including light and moderately heavy equipment operation.

Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid Class B California Driver License.

Desired Qualifications:
Possession of a California Class A Driver License is desirable.

When permanently assigned to Tree Maintenance :
  • Under general supervision, climb, trim and prune City trees;
  • Remove trees in the streets and rights-of-way;
  • Use hand and power chain saws, ladders, ropes, safety belts and climbing equipment; *
  • Operate and maintain climbing and trimming equipment.
These employees are expected to perform complex skilled tree maintenance tasks, including the operation of more specialized equipment used in tree maintenance. Typical duties requires these employees to climb trees bordering City streets and rights-of-way to remove dead, injured and diseased limbs and branches or portions of trees which have been determined to be dangerous; trim and remove tree trunks and dead trees; and inspect and treat trees for disease and pests.

Ability to : climb trees with ease and work effectively in restricted or hazardous working conditions; check and recognize defects in tree climbing and tree trimming equipment.

Employees permanently assigned to tree maintenance must obtain an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Tree Worker Certification, and Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) certificate, within six months of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:
Four years of experience in trimming and maintaining a variety of large trees; and specialized training in tree maintenance including operation of specialized tree trimming equipment; Knowledge of accepted tree trimming and practices; and the full range of tree types within the City of Chico and methods of care for each.

Possession of an ISA Arborist Certification is desirable.

Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

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