Field Arborist

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
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Posted on July 12, 2021

Job Description

Reporting to the Urban Forest Manager and University Arborist, the Field Arborist provides direction as a working field supervisor of tree workers and implements advanced arboricultural techniques to plant, prune, remove, and preserve trees on university property. Develops and implements arboriculture technique and safety training for tree workers, urban forestry interns, and arboriculture apprentices. Schedules, assigns, supervises, and audits tree care work orders for routine maintenance, emergency response, and plant health care programming. Maintains campus tree inventory data and regularly performs tree asset analysis for management planning. Assists the University Arborist with construction site visits, interdepartmental consults, tree inspections, tree planting plans, and other programmatic planning. This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Must be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to provide support during planned events or emergency situations (such as inclement weather) to include being physically on site if deemed necessary. Operates various equipment such as farm type tractors, stump grinders and chippers as well as various bucket trucks and single axle dump trucks. Uses hand and power tools such as chain saws, hedge trimmers, blowers, shovels and rakes.

Required Qualifications

  • Current ISA Certified Arborist credential.
  • Class B CDL with air brake endorsement.
  • Current Registered Pesticide Technician and ability to obtain Commercial Pesticide License
  • Category 3A within one year of hire.
  • Working knowledge of the ANSI A300 tree care standards and ANSI Z133 safety requirements for arboricultural operations.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and tree inventory software.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the tree care industry with specialization in technical pruning, removal, and plant health care.
  • Must be able to cope with heights which may typically reach 50-70 feet above ground.
  • Ability to apply safety standards and procedures in the operation of equipment and performance of work tasks including verification that utility locates have cleared prior to work commencing when required.
  • Must be able to perform heavy manual labor, including safely moving and handling greater than 50 pounds; climb and work from elevated work stations such as ladders and scaffolds; work for long periods of time sitting, standing, walking, reaching, bending, pushing/pulling; and work in all types of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures.
  • Must wear employer provided uniforms as instructed by supervisor or lead.
  • As situation dictates, must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Natural Resource Management or related field or 4 years equivalent experience and training in the arboriculture field.
  • ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
  • Experience in a large commercial, public sector, or institutional setting.

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Posting will remain active until the position is filled; preference will be given to submissions received prior to 7/26/2021 (review date)

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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