Arborist Apprentice

  • BC Plant Health Care
  • 18465 53 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Nov 22, 2018
Full time Grounds person

Job Description

Are you ready to sink your roots into a company that will recognize you for the special skills and attributes you have to offer? Do you like the idea of working outside, sometimes at a height with a perspective many do not have the privilege of witnessing? How about the thought of working along side like-minded industry professionals who will literally show you the ropes of arboriculture?

We’re local! BC Plant Health Care prides itself on being a team of highly motivated, educated, and dedicated professionals who are committed to keeping it green, one tree at a time™. Over the past 17 years, the company has grown and adapted to the ever-changing urban environments of BC while proudly remaining a locally owned and operated business.

We love green! BC Plant Health Care has been recognized by the BBB and local communities as being a truly green company, incorporating eco-friendly techniques and approaches into our daily operations. This is achieved through initiatives like our company car pool program or live green roof. We also volunteer by planting trees, distributing saplings, and educating the public about the importance and benefits of trees. 

We want you! If you are looking to kick-start a fulfilling, exciting, challenging - but rewarding, career at a company that will support your personal and professional growth, please apply with your resume and cover letter to arborcareer@bcplanthealthcare.com ! We thank all those who apply, however only those who are requested for an interview will be contacted.

Benefits:

  •   Self-Directed Benefits Including Medical & Dental
  •   Vacation/Holidays
  •   Safety Allowance
  •   Education/Professional Development Allowance
  •   BCPHC supplies all climbing gear
  •   Safety Allowance for boots & chainsaw pants
  •   Employee Car-Pool Program.

An Arborist Apprentice will have a variety of duties and tasks to perform daily, varying by the type of work being done at each given site. The main priorities are to assist Arborists with arboricultural practices, equipment selection and maintenance, adhering to safety procedures, and occasional interactions with customers.

Arboricultural

  •   Read and understand job details in a work order.
  •   Assist a tree climber in rigging and removing limbs and tree sections.
  •   Take down trees using spurs and an aerial lift truck under supervision.
  •   Prune small trees and shrubs under supervision.
  •   Limb and buck trees on the ground.
  •   Operate a chipper or other specialized equipment, i.e. stump grinder, skidsteer, hi-ab, and airspade.
  •   Tree installation and transplanting.
  •   Integrated pest management and invasive species control.
  •   Root pruning and install root barriers.
  •   Storm cleanup.

Equipment, Machine & Tool Use

  •   Choose and load necessary daily equipment.
  •   Perform daily inspections of equipment and vehicles.
  •   Drive vehicles including carpool cars, lift/chipper trucks, with or without trailers.
  •   Set up and take down of work site.
  •   Refuel, sharpen, maintain and safely operate power tools such as chainsaws and blowers.
  •   Inspect/maintain larger mobile equipment.
  •   Clean up of job site.

Safe Work Practices

  •   Choose and inspect personal protective equipment.
  •   Inspect worksites and identify risks.
  •   Direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  •   Complete aerial rescue and lift truck rescue training.

Working Conditions:

  •   BCPHC performs services for a wide variety or clients all year around in diverse locations from private gardens and backyards, to public spaces, or remote areas.
  •   Majority of work time is spent in the field operating heavy machinery or hand tools, performing arboricultural services, clean-up, and being courteous to customers.
  •   Physical fitness and ability to work outside is required for a successful career as an arborist.
  •   Occasional office work needed to complete paperwork, and attend meetings/training.

Qualifications:
-  Minimum Education: High School Diploma.
-  WHMIS Certificate
-  Work experience in Arboriculture, Horticulture, Landscaping, Hardscaping preferred.
-  Class 5 Drivers Licence or will pursue shortly after hire.