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Job ID: 162871

Specialist I/II, Arbor
Auburn University


Date Posted Jul. 13, 2021
Title Specialist I/II, Arbor
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Landscape Service
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Professional Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care
 
 

Job Summary
Level I:
Under direct supervision, assists with tree care including planting, pruning, removal, or maintenance of trees on Auburn University property with a focus on main campus. Utilizes basic arboriculture techniques in order to maintain University grounds as a safe and aesthetic atmosphere for students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Level II:
Under general supervision, responsible for providing all aspects of tree care including planting, pruning, removal, or maintenance for all trees on Auburn University property with a focus on main campus. Utilizes arboriculture knowledge and techniques in order to maintain University grounds as a safe and aesthetic atmosphere for students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
Essential Functions
Level I:
(1) Assists in executing aerial functions related to tree maintenance including lifting, thinning, deadwood cleaning, and vista pruning with the use of a bucket truck, manlift or standardized
climbing methods using rope and saddle during all months of the year.
(2) Assists with performing ground functions such as pruning, trimming, roping, rigging, whole tree felling, chipping, and loading in an open area. Installs and stakes large field-grown trees with guidance.
(3) Assists in carrying out soil care operations to include watering, fertilizing, spraying, root collar excavations, and other root enhancement operations. As directed by supervisor treats and pre-treats trees with fertilizers and pesticides to promote vigor and resistance to disease outbreaks.
(4) Assists with maintaining arboriculture related equipment and inventory including, but not limited to skidsteer, bucket trucks, wood chippers, stump grinders, backhoes, and chainsaws.
(5) Follows training and safety requirements from AU Facilities Management with guidance from supervisors.
(6) May work outside of normal operating hours to assist in emergencies, inclement weather, and storm clean up as needed.
(7) May perform other related landscape duties as assigned.

Level II:
(1) Under general supervision executes aerial functions related to tree maintenance including lifting, thinning, deadwood cleaning, and vista pruning with the use of a bucket truck, manlift or or standardized climbing methods using rope and saddleduring all months of the year.
(2) Performs ground functions at an intermediate level such as pruning, trimming, roping, rigging, whole tree felling, chipping, and loading. Installs and stakes large field-grown trees. Complies with arboriculture industry standards and university policies to ensure that Landscape Services properties are kept safe and presentable in terms of tree care at all times.
(3) Carries out soil care operations to include watering, fertilizing, spraying, root collar excavations, and other root enhancement operations. Treats and pre-treats trees with fertilizers and pesticides to promote vigor and resistance to disease outbreaks.
(4) Assists in the use and maintenance of all arboriculture related equipment and inventory including, but not limited to skidsteers, bucket trucks, wood chippers, stump grinders, ropes and other climbing/rigging gear, backhoes, and chainsaws. Inventory responsibilities are on an as needed basis and would include recording the following metrics: species identification, diameter and height.
(5) Meets AU Facilities Management training and safety requirements by maintaining daily checklists, ensuring functionality of machinery and equipment, and following correct arboriculture pruning practices from ground & lift.
(6) May work outside of normal operating hours to assist in emergencies, inclement weather, and storm clean up as needed.
(7) May perform other related landscape duties as assigned.


 
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