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Lead Tree Trimmer (8084C) - 2583
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 7, 2020
Title Lead Tree Trimmer (8084C) - 2583
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Lead Tree Trimmer (8084C) - 2583

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 15, 2019

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations, Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.


  • Overseeing the work of the Tree Trimmer.
  • Follows ISA standards, proper safety procedures using appropriate PPE, Facilities Services Code of Cond Code of and Grounds Services operating procedures, inspects, climbs, cables, conduct, and Grounds Services operating procedures.
  • Inspects, climbs, cables, braces, prunes, and removes, trees and shrubs.
  • Performs all clean-up activities associated with tree work.
  • Operates trucks and other tree industry equipment in the course of work.
  • Uses basic/advanced tree climbing techniques such as up and down, foot locking, aerial rescue, lateral/side-by-side; climbs trees using climbing aids and safety devices in the process of trimming trees
  • Works primarily with hand saw, pruning shears, chain saw wood chipper,
  • Bobcat with grapple and stump grinder attachments, aerial lift, Hobs lowering device, and climbing and rigging ropes.
  • Maintains power tools, hand tools, ropes, rigging devices, and saddles.
  • Cleans and sharpens tools and power saws.
  • Cleans and systemizes trucks.
  • Inspects and diagnoses trees for various plant pathologies including bacterial and fungal diseases, insect problems, and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Also inspects for construction damage, hazardous trees.
  • Takes corrective action as required, and/or as assigned.
  • Responsibilities also include ensuring that proper pedestrian or vehicular traffic controls are in place when appropriate and that all safety measures and practices are in place and followed at all times.
  • Works cooperatively with other Facilities Services units, Capital Project staff, and other campus customers, and outside agencies such as PG&E and the City of Berkeley.
  • Diagnoses and treats damage to trees resulting from the action of common diseases and pests
  • Prepares, uses and supervises others in the preparation and use of spray pesticides.
  • Keeps up-to-date knowledge on spray pesticides and state and federal regulations governing their use.
  • Is expert in the use of all tools and safety procedures required to perform activities such as pruning and tree topping at heights of about 75 feet.
  • Exercises considerable discretion to choose appropriate work methods, personnel, tools, and safety precautions for different jobs.

  • Overseeing the work of the Tree Trimmer.
  • Give daily work assignments to crew.
  • Give daily feedback to crew regarding ways to do jobs.
  • Prepare written estimates for customers.
  • Provide safety training on a daily basis as needed with crew.
  • Keeps up-to-dated record of trees on UC-Berkeley campus; plans tree planting; recommends replacement for trees lost by natural causes and construction.
  • Update Arbor Pro inventory.
  • May teach courses for grounds personnel and students in areas such as ornamental horticulture.
  • Initiates events such as tree walks and ecology projects for students.
  • Annually recommends equipment and supplies required by the tree crew.
  • Attends ISA or WCISA sponsored events or reads articles/study guides to accumulate the appropriate amount of CEUs to maintain ISA Arborist certification.
  • Conducts and maintains inventory for equipment and tools.
  • Fills out their time cards each day and prior to scheduled time off.

  • Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines.
  • Attend job-related and safety training as required.
  • Use required or appropriate PPE. Follow appropriate safety procedures, and the proper use and care of equipment such as the chainsaw, wood chipper and aerial lift.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Must be a Certified Arborist.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, and the general public.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively in a group setting.
  • Must know and follow the ANSI A300-Tree, Shrub, and other Woody Maintenance
  • Standard and Pruning Practices, Part 1-Pruning and Part 3-Support Systems
  • Must know the state and proper use of a hand saw, pruning shear, chain saw wood chipper, Bobcat with grapple and stump grinder attachments, aerial lift, Hobs lowering device, and climbing and rigging ropes.
  • Must be able to drive one-ton trucks the Hi-Ranger aerial lift, and proficiently position the wood chipper while driving in reverse.
  • Knowledge and ability to properly operate, and provide daily/weekly basic maintenance of landscape maintenance equipment such as: chain saw, and wood chipper.
  • Must have 2 years of experience in climbing trees, performing crown restoration, removing hazardous branches or trees, using rigging and related knots, and using tree trimming tools and equipment.
  • Ability to use computer programs, email, and update database.
  • Must have the ability to work with CMMS system organization, management, and maintenance; general work order/ work flow management and asset maintenance (using CMMS software) Maximo Work Order System.
  • Must be proficient in tree climbing using climbing saddle and ropes, and also proficient in rigging.
  • Experience assigning tasks and leading crew
  • Must possess the ability and knowledge to necessary to safely and expeditiously perform tree specialist duties.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the structure, function, and generic names for trees to allow easy communication with horticulturists or arborists when necessary.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information to grounds personnel, students and community people.
  • Extensive knowledge of University trees and ecology, or ability to learn.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $25.51 - $35.02, Steps 1.0 - 17.0.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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