Certified Utility Arborist: General Foreman

  • BC Plant Health Care
  • 18465 53rd Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Oct 04, 2019
Full time Boom truck operator Climber Foreman/Crew leader Utility Arborist

Job Description

CUA: General Foreman


This is a supervisory position that requires the individual to be production-focused and manage tree care crews while performing all aspects of arboriculture. General Foremen must have excellent skills and expertise in all aspects of arboriculture and utility arboriculture work.  

Specific Duties:

A Utility Arborist General Foreman 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 manage and lead crews safely and efficiently, office administration and paperwork, equipment distribution, training, crew scheduling and coordination, adhering to safety procedures, and interactions with customers[*].


  • Takedown & prune trees by climbing and aerial lift truck operations.
  • Practice removals of Class 1-5 safely & efficiently.
  • Perform tree risk assessments.
  • Able to perform cable and bracing.
  • Work as an arborist/climber.
  • Pruning trees and shrubs, hedge shearing.
  • Limb and buck trees on the ground.
  • Operate a chipper and other specialized equipment, i.e. stump grinder, skid steer, hi-ab, and airspade.
  • Tree & plant relocation, installation, and transplanting.
  • Integrated pest management, PHC diagnosis/treatment, and invasive species control.
  • Root pruning and install root barriers.
  • Storm cleanup.
  • Ensure all work is performed to the company and ANSI Z133 Safety Standards.

Equipment, Machine & Tool Use

  • Perform, monitor and schedule equipment repair, maintenance, and service.
  • Responsible for equipment sign out requests for employees.
  • Perform daily inspections of equipment and vehicles.
  • Drive vehicles including carpool cars, lift/chipper trucks, or trailers.
  • Set up and take down of work site.
  • Refuel, sharpen and/or operate a chainsaw.
  • Able to practice maintenance on all arborist tools.

Safe Work Practices

  • Choose and inspect personal protective equipment.
  • Inspect worksites and identify hazards.
  • Complete aerial rescue and lift truck rescue training.
  • Attend all district safety meetings.

Supervisory & Other

  • Lead large-sized crews according to BCPHC’s policies and core values.
  • Positively interact with and retain customers, providing information when applicable.
  • Accurately document safety records, work orders, tailgates, and other correspondence.
  • Train and motivate coworkers to learn new skills and advance their careers.
  • Update management with observations of employee's skills and competency demonstrations.
  • Take on 24-Hour Emergency Paging System responsibilities.
  • Work with management to schedule sold work.
  • Present new tailgates to peers, offer training, and lead by example.


  • Minimum Credentials/Education: Certified Utility Arborist, ISA Certified Arborist, and/or ISA Tree Worker.
  • Must have at least 4 years of Utility Arboriculture experience or related.
  • Has or will pursue ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
  • Ability to manage workload of large Municipal contracts.
  • Familiarity with all tree species, common pests, and health issues.
  • Proven ability to be a motivating and safety-focused supervisor and leader.
  • BCPHC’s Training Passport must be completed.
  • Class 5 Drivers License with Airbrakes Endorsement is required.
  • Conduct Aerial Tree Risk Assessment including reporting.
  • Possess and maintain a First Aid Certificate.
  • Pesticide Applicator License is an asset.


  • Reports To: Operations Manager, District Manager(s), Safety & Training Officer.
  • Direct/Indirect Reports: Arborist Apprentices, Crew Members.
  • External Reports: Customers, Contractors, and Third-Party Organizations.

Working Conditions:

  • BCPHC performs services for a wide variety of clients all year round in diverse locations from private gardens and backyards, to public spaces, or remote areas.
  • The 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 the ability to work outside is required for a successful career as an arborist.
  • Office work needed to complete paperwork, and attend meetings/training.

Knowledge, Skills & Other Attributes:

  • Enjoys hands-on, physical & outdoor work.
  • Proactive approach to personal & career growth.
  • Leads all types of coworkers and crews.
  • Effective communication skills – verbal & written.
  • Demonstrates attention to detail & accuracy.
  • Team-oriented work ethic.
  • Result-focused work ethic.
  • Flexible with extended hours of work/weekends.
  • Collaborative & supportive.
  • Able organize, delegate, and perform duties.
  • Sensitivity to deadlines & time management.
  • General understanding of financial aspects of services.
  • Excellent public relations skills with customers.
  • Able to lead & motivate crews, set positive examples.
  • Approaches learning & work in a flexible manner.
  • Strong commitment to safety and promotes a strong safety-focused company culture.


$33.00 - $36.00 per hour, depending on experience.

[*]  Please note, the list of duties is not extensive and is subject to change, other related duties may be asked/required of the employee.