City of Eugene Eugene, OR, United States
Mar 16, 2017Full time
General Statement of Duties Eugene's Parks and Open Spaces Division's Urban Forestry Team is currently seeking individuals who are interested in an exciting career opportunity to work in a municipal setting in the tree care industry. This entry-level position provides an opportunity to join a team of award winning Arborists while learning or enhancing skills in a fun and rewarding team environment. Must maintain an active telephone number and be available and respond to emergency call-backs, as required. Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 , 5:00 p.m. Accepting on-line applications only. NOTE: Employees hired in Park Specialist 1-2 positions are required to participate in a two-year cross-training program. During this period, employees will rotate to other operation crews within the Parks & Open Space Division. After an employee has successfully completed all rotations and demonstrated basic proficiency levels in each skill area, an employee's position will be eligible to flex to the semi-skilled/skilled Park Specialist 2 level. Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following **Please note: actual assigned duties will depend on the skill level of the employee** Responsible for maintaining trees in the City's right-of -way areas and parks; responds to service requests and hazardous trees and limbs. Example of duties include: brush chipping, flagging, raking limbs, tree removal, stump grinding, and assisting with pruning trees. Qualifications Knowledge of: Basic landscape principles, practices, materials, and equipment. Equipment and practices involved in landscape/tree maintenance. Basic principles and practices of horticulture. Basic principles of maintaining equipment. Safety rules and identification of safety hazards. Work effectively at heights. Learn new skills, tasks and equipment operations as required. Perform strenuous physical work outdoors in varying weather conditions, sometimes in confined spaces and uncomfortable conditions. Perform manual tree and park maintenance related duties in area of assignment. Operate vehicles, trailers, and other specialized equipment involved in tree and park maintenance. Provide excellent customer service to a wide variety of customers. Work independently, or as part of a crew. Follow oral and written instructions. Assign, lead, train, and review work of seasonal employees; as Park Specialist 2, plan, assign, and review work of Park Specialist 1 staff. Perform limited mechanical, plumbing, and carpentry repairs. Read maps and construction drawings. Select, and care for plants. Maintain accurate records. Identify hazards and perform all work to established safety practices. Provide and wear personal protective equipment as required. Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public; establish effective working relationships. Be available and respond to emergency call-backs as necessary. Use computers for time and task tracking, email, etc. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Experience and Training Guidelines – Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience : One year manual work in grounds keeping, arboriculture, parks and/or natural area maintenance, wildland firefighting, custodial, or building maintenance. License or Certificate: Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355). Ability to obtain, and maintain, a valid Oregon State Class "A" commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements within one year of hire date. International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist credential required within one year of hire. Supplemental Information Physical Requirements/Working Conditions Work is typically performed outdoors in field environment with exposure to all weather conditions including travel from site to site and indoors within various building facilities. May be exposed to heights, overhead hazards, sharp objects/needle sticks, insect/dog bites, moving objects/vehicles, dust/noise/vibration, hostile transients, smoke/fumes/odors, gasses, cramped quarters, inclement weather conditions, slippery surfaces, toxic/caustic chemicals, and biological waste. Use and operation of City vehicle, variety of hand/power tools, back pack blowers, pressure washers, chain saws, hoses, irrigation equipment, mowers, carts, gators, sweeper, equipment trailers, tractors, backhoe, and dump truck. As needed will be required to wear respirator, goggles, face shield, safety shoes, gloves, rain gear, hearing protection, dust mask, hard hat, and other PPE equipment as needed. Selection Process Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process should be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline. DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE CITY, GENERALLY, ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION (TESTING, INTERVIEWS) WILL BE CONTACTED. CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT JOB POSTINGS IS AVAILABLE BY going to www.eugene-or.gov/jobs and selecting "Check the Status Recently Posted Jobs". The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States. The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.