Municipal Arborist

City of Gastonia - Gastonia, NC (30+ days ago)4.2

Performs intermediate skilled work caring for, maintaining, and assuring the health of the City's tree population, assisting with enforcement of the City's tree ordinances and assisting citizens with tree related issues; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision of the City Arborist.

Essential Functions/Duties:
  • Maintains health of trees by utilizing professional arboricultural practices (e.g., pruning, fertilizing, removing, watering, staking, cabling, and spraying) in public areas, rights-of-way, streets and parks. (25%)
  • Evaluates tree health and risk to determine whether trees are dead, dying, or hazardous per City code and communicates to appropriate land owner or department. (25%)
  • Assists Electric Department with pre-inspection in advance of contracted line clearing and vegetation management documentation. (10%)
  • Notifies property owners of line clearance work to be performed. (5%)
  • Assesses and/or prunes storm-damaged trees along streets, rights-of-way and public property. (5%)
  • Prepares sites for tree-planting projects. (5%)
  • Makes recommendations to ensure long-term effects desired by tree-planting projects. (5%)
  • Assists in the purchasing, loading, unloading, and inspection of nursery stock to ensure best quality plant material for the City. (5%)
  • Maintains/updates tree databases; uses inventory/GIS software; collects and inputs data in the field for inventory and resource input tracking. (5%)
  • Uses equipment and vehicles for storm cleanup (e.g., removing broken trees, limbs, debris. (5%)
  • May serve as lead worker or direct the work of part-time employees, volunteers, community service workers, and other park workers. (5%)
  • Maintains licenses and certifications as required. (5%)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to evaluate trees for maintenance and safety reasons; good tree identification skills; strong organizational and communication skills; ability to follow tree inventory procedures and software; general knowledge of maintenance and care responsibilities for a variety of trees and shrubs; ability to work in ground support role for park maintenance crews; general knowledge of the safe use and operation of common hand and power tools used in both landscaping and the maintenance of trees; ability to assign and supervise the work of others; ability to prepare simple reports; ability to follow oral and written directions; general knowledge of computer operations to enter, retrieve, and manipulate data.

Education/Experience/Physical Demands/Special Requirements/Additional Information:

Graduation from high school or equivalent and three (3) years of tree-care related experience; or any combination of training, education, and experience.

Valid Driver's License
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) or ability to obtain certification within six (6) months of hire
NC Pesticide Applicator's License or ability to obtain certification within six (6) months of hire
ISA Certified Arborist required


1. The physical activity of this position includes:
A. Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.

B. Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or couching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.

C. Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.

D. Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.

E. Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

F. Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

G. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

H. Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.

I. Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

J. Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.

K. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

L. Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.

M. Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

N. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

O. Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of the fingertips.

P. Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Q. Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal spoken word levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.

R. Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

2. The physical requirements of this position:

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

3. The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision:

A. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform one or more of the following: preparing and analyzing data and figures; computer terminal; using measurement devices.

4. The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:

The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.

The worker is subject to extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour.

Drug screening criminal background, and a POET (post offer employment testing) are required.


The City of Gastonia is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/H