Arborist III and Arborist IV - Talent Pool

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Jun 28, 2022
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications USD

Job Description

The Position

Why submit interest through a talent pool? Once a vacancy is available, and a job is scheduled to be posted, you will be notified to check our website and apply.

Now is an excellent time to consider joining the PP&R team: Portland voters have approved the Parks Local Option Levy. This ensures funding to tackle promises made to the public related to keeping parks and natural areas well maintained for the public and our staff, meaning safer outcomes for all. It also means that Portland Parks and Recreation is planning on expanding their programs and diversifying their talent for the future. Be a part of this exciting growth!

About these positions: Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is seeking to create a diverse talent pool for Arborist III & Arborist IV positions in the Urban Forestry Tree Maintenance Operations workgroup for future opportunities. This is a growing team dedicated to the mission of managing and ensuring Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Our urban forest consists of 218,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and 2.9 million private property trees. Portland is a Tree City USA for 44 years, a Tree City of the World and the Urban Forestry program is accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists.

About the work for Arborist IV: The Arborist IV acts as the lead worker and has an advanced level of Arboricultural, climbing and leadership skills. This position is responsible for directing and overseeing all on site tree maintenance, equipment maintenance and emergency tree care operations including the more complex and difficult operations. The Arborist IV performs above-the-ground work in trees requiring rigging, climbing and the use of lifts and related equipment for arboricultural needs.

As an Arborist IV, you will:
  • Provide training and guidance to assigned staff and ensure compliance with department safety standards.
  • Oversee the inventory and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Direct or perform minor repairs, maintenance of tools, vehicles and equipment.
  • Identify and assist in providing specifications for tools and equipment needed.
  • Research new techniques, equipment and procedures used in the care of removal of trees, making recommendations regarding their purchase and use.
  • Perform complex tree pruning and removals.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
This position responds to emergency call outs during and after scheduled work shifts.

About the work for Arborist III: The Arborist III is a skilled classification requiring a high level of arboricultural knowledge and tree care practices including tree climbing with ropes and saddles, operation of aerial lift devices and various types of ground operations. This position is responsible for conducting all on site tree maintenance including pruning, removal, planting, plant health care and emergency operations. All work is performed while employing the latest industry techniques, safety standards and equipment. The Arborist III performs above-the-ground work in trees requiring rigging, climbing, and the use of lifts and related equipment or arboricultural needs.

As an Arborist III, you will:
  • Perform standard tree maintenance and emergency tree operations removing hazards and fallen trees including during storm operations.
  • On occasion, be assigned to oversee on-site tree care activities, provide instruction and/or training to lower Arborist classifications and fill out daily work and field reports.
  • Examine trees for hazards and conditions, apply pesticides, and conduct ground duties as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
This position responds to emergency call outs during and after scheduled work shifts.

About the Bureau:
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R's ideals and values. The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their application materials. Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package , including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

To Qualify

The minimum qualifications will be listed on the announcement once the recruitment for the position is open.

The following link s will take you to the class specification s (Job Descriptions ) for the Arborist series, including Arborist IV and Arborist III:

Arborist Series (including Arborist IV and Arborist III) -

The Recruitment Process

.The talent pool announcement is NOT an application and is being used to gather interest for the future Arborist III and Arborist IV postings. Please note: We will be only collecting your contact information; therefore do NOT attach a resume and it will not be reviewed; it is not required at this time .

When a recruitment is posted, you will be notified via email. Once notified, you will be required to submit an application online via our job board. It is not a requirement to submit interest to the talent pool to be considered for future recruitments.
Please note: A work skills demonstration may be required for this classification.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, you will attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skills to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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Contact Information:

Anna Morgan, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources Closing Date/Time: 8/29/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

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


Job Address

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