• Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services Parks and Recreation

Job Description

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Work performed by Arborists involves tree care operations such as planting, trimming, insect and disease control and removal of tree limbs and debris considering all surroundings before, during, and after tree care activities. This includes the utilization of various hand tools and other equipment used in the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs. Individuals in this job class respond to calls from the public regarding potentially unsafe circumstances, such as low hanging branches, fallen trees, and debris. An individual in this job requires excellent customer service skills to be able to handle members of the public who may be upset. An Arborist in the Merit System receives assignments from a supervisor, and generally operates with autonomy. Supervisors may give additional instructions for new, difficult, or unusual assignments.

  • Plants trees using various hand tools and provides education to local schools by preparing information about planting trees and the importance of trees.
  • Examines and maintains all equipment by visually inspecting saws, ropes, climbing gear, and trucks for damage and performing general maintenance such as cleaning, sharpening, and checking fluid levels.
  • Ensures worksite is clean before leaving by removing debris from work site or piling debris to be removed from the work site using hand tools and knuckle boom loader in order to clear roadways and sidewalks and eliminate danger to the public.
  • Cuts, trims, and removes hazardous or dead trees on city/county property using a bucket truck, climbing gear, and various saws in order to clear roads and sidewalks that may be blocked by fallen trees, or to prevent hazardous or dead trees from falling and damaging property.
  • Responds to job sites and prepares the site for tree removal and trimming.
  • Plants appropriate trees in various areas by considering aesthetics and landscaping in surrounding area.
  • Presents information about planting, maintaining, and the importance of trees to school children on special occasions (Arbor Day).
  • Removes tree to be planted from bucket or unwraps the roots and places tree in hole.
  • Shows school children how to plant and maintain trees, and assists students while planting trees.
  • Stakes newly planted trees and/or attaches guide wire to stabilize tree as needed.
  • Uses shovels, picks, augers, etc. to dig holes in order to plant new trees.
  • Adjusts chainsaw blades as necessary to ensure safety while cutting limbs.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

Option A:
  • Experience working for a professional tree service trimming/removing trees using a variety of chain saws and other equipment including ropes, saddles, etc.
  • Experience using and operating a bucket truck or aerial lift to trim/remove trees.
  • Class A Commercial Driver's License.

Option B:
  • Experience working for a professional tree service trimming/removing trees using a variety of chain saws and other equipment including ropes, saddles, etc.
  • Experience using and operating a bucket truck or aerial lift to trim/remove trees.
  • Obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License within 90 days of employment.

  • Possession of an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certification.

  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Creativity & Innovation.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Learning & Memory. Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Sensory Abilities.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of tree and plant sanitation practices, such as removal of diseased or insect filled limbs, to prevent plant disease and lessen the chance of insect problems.
  • Knowledge of tree biology including growth patterns, diseases, and properties of wood (e.g., soft woods vs. hard woods, weight/density of limbs, compression/tension, etc).
  • Knowledge of safety standards applicable to tree pruning/trimming and tree removal, including knowledge of proper cutting techniques (e.g., American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards applicable to tree trimming and tree removal).
  • Knowledge of safety precautions applicable to tree climbing, including safely using and maintaining climbing gear (e.g., American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards applicable to climbing).

  • Work is primarily performed at outdoor worksites such as roadways, parks, and residential areas.
  • Frequently working at heights of over 45 feet using a bucket truck.
  • Work involves use of electrical or gas-powered tools and equipment such as power saws, chain saws, weed eaters, power trimmers, etc.

  • Job involves significant and concerted physical exertion required for regular prolonged periods of lifting, carrying, balancing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling.
  • May involve regular lifting of items or objects weighing up to 75 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map