Tree Trimmer II

  • City of Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • Jul 12, 2019
Full time Arborist representative / Estimator Grounds person Tree planter Utility Arborist Other

Job Description

Preferred Filing Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute "see resume" or see "personnel file" in the employment history section of the application. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application and 2) Resume no later than 4:00 PM on the final filing date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  This recruitment may remain open until filled.

The Tree Trimmer II is responsible for planning, coordinating, and performing the day-to-day activities of tree maintenance. An incumbent in this class is a lead worker and possesses technical expertise and exercises independent judgment and discretion.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test.   

Depending on the applicant pool, it is possible that only a limited number of applicants will be invited to the written examination. Depending on logistical considerations and the size of the applicant pool, it is possible that only those candidates scoring highest on the written examination will be invited to participate in the oral examination. Candidates who pass the written examination but do not earn an invitation to the oral examination will remain eligible to participate in a future oral examination if deemed necessary by the City. Candidates must attain a passing score on each phase of the examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to appointment

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Under supervision:

  • Uses basic/advanced tree climbing techniques such as up and down, aerial rescue, lateral/side-by-side; climbs trees using climbing aids and safety devices in the process of trimming trees
  • Performs traffic control in accordance with established procedures and guidelines
  • Leads the work of a crew and actively participates in the trimming, topping, planting, removal, and spraying of the City street trees
  • Operates and uses various equipment and tools, including, but not limited to, aerial tree maintenance trucks, dump trucks, brush chippers, tractor loaders, stump cutters, and chain saws
  • Determines placement of ropes and rigging equipment in trees for easiest and safest removal of stumps, limbs, and hazardous trees
  • Gathers and disposes of brush, trimmings, and stumps
  • Operates a mobile device/computer such as a smart phone or tablet to read, respond to, and input data for an automated work order management system
  • Explains tree maintenance techniques and procedures to the public
  • Inspects trees to evaluate maintenance needs and make recommendations to the supervisor and/or management
  • Conducts inventory for equipment and tools
  • Performs minor repairs and maintenance on hand and power equipment
  • Prepares written activity and maintenance of reports/logs
  • Represents the City in contact with property owners, answering questions pertaining to City services
  • May train or assist in the training of personnel as assigned
  • Inspects trees for physical evidence of parasitical and fungus infestations and determines type of chemical control necessary; mixes and sprays chemicals and applies as needed for treatment
  • May assist Supervisor in reviewing and evaluating outside contacts for City-wide tree trimming
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED; and
  • Three (3) years of experience in tree trimming, removals and insecticide spraying procedures.


  • Experience as a Lead


  • Possession of a valid California Class A or B Commercial driver's license is required at the time of application and for the duration of employment.
  • Possession of the following certificates are required within 12 months of appointment and for the duration of employment:
    • Certification as an Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
    • A Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) by the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) in categories B, C or F.
    • A certification of completion of Competent Person Fall Protection Training.
    • A Traffic Flagging and Safety Certificate.


  • Incumbents will be required to work unusual hours and on weekends in emergency and prearranged situations and may be in inclement weather.
  • May be subject to drug and/or alcohol testing as mandated by federal regulations.
  • Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment background check, which may include employment verification, a DMV record check, a criminal history check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting.  Any information obtained will be used to determine eligibility for employment in accordance with the law.  A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction when required will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.
  • A medical examination will be required prior to appointment.
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.

Current permanent employee candidates who receive a passing score on the examination will have an additional five (5) points added to his/her final score.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of on the job safety
  • Arboriculture, horticulture, and tree maintenance
  • Aerial rescue and climbing practices and safety procedures
  • Safe use of hazardous chemicals, herbicides, and fertilizers
  • The materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in the trimming, planting, removal, and spraying of street trees
  • Traffic control, including placement of cones and warning signs
  • Environmental and safety practices, procedures, and standards
  • Record keeping principles and practices
  • Pertinent traffic laws, department rules, and procedures related to tree trimming maintenance
  • Common names and characteristics of City street trees
  • Methods of planning and scheduling time, labor, and materials

Ability to:

  • Operate specialized tree maintenance equipment and vehicles
  • Assign, lead, and perform the tree maintenance of park facilities and public landscape areas
  • Operate, service, repair, adjust, and maintain a variety of equipment and tools including but not limited to chippers, chainsaws, trucks, and trimmers
  • Set up safety control equipment in a variety of conditions
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, the general public and others contacted in the course of work
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet strict deadlines
  • Exercise professionalism and helpfulness when dealing with employees and the public
  • Provide work direction, training, and instruction
  • Understand and follow oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb, walk or stand for extended periods of time and lift a minimum of 50 pounds as necessary to perform assigned duties