Arborist: Class C

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

Job Description

Arborist: Class C


Arborists will support their crews and General Foreman as a production-focused individual with knowledge and experience in all aspects of arboriculture.

Specific Duties:

A Class C Arborist 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 General Foremen with arboricultural practices, equipment selection and maintenance, adhering to safety procedures, lead/assist in leading crews, and interactions with customers[*].


  • Takedown and prune trees by climbing and aerial lift truck operations.
  • Practice removals of Class 1-3 safely and efficiently.
  • Assist a tree climber in rigging and removing limbs and tree sections.
  • Able to work as a second 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 and plant relocation, installation and transplanting.
  • Integrated pest management 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 and Tool Use

  • Choose and load the necessary daily equipment.
  • 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 basic maintenance on all arborist tools.
  • Inspect/maintenance equipment when applicable.
  • Clean up of job site.

Safe Work Practices

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


  • Lead or assist in leading small crews according to BCPHC’s policies and values.
  • Positively interact with customers, providing information when applicable.
  • Accurately document safety records, work orders, tailgates, and other correspondence.
  • Possibly train apprentices as per competency testing training.


  • Credentials/Education: ISA Certified Arborist or equal Post-Secondary.
  • Class 5 Drivers License with Airbrakes Endorsement is required.
  • ISA Certified Tree Worker is an asset.
  • Pesticide Applicator License is an asset.


  • Reports To: Operations Manager, District Manager(s), Safety & Training Officer, General Foreman.
  • 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.
  • Occasional office work needed to complete paperwork, and attend meetings/training.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Attributes:

  • Enjoys hands-on, physical and outdoor work.
  • Proactive approach to personal and career growth.
  • Works well on teams and crews.
  • Effective communication skills – verbal and written.
  • Demonstrates attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Result-focused work ethic.
  • Collaborative and supportive.
  • Sensitivity to deadlines and time management.
  • Good public relations skills with customers.
  • Able to lead and motivate crews, set positive examples.
  • Approaches learning and work in a flexible manner.
  • Adheres to and promotes a strong safety-focused company culture.


$25.00 - $27.00 per hour, depending on experience.


  • Self Directed Benefits Package
  • Employee Carpool Program
  • Medical, Dental, and Insurance Options
  • Paid Vacation/Holidays
  • PPE Safety Allowance
  • Education/Professional Development Allowance

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