MAPLEWOOD DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Title: Maintenance Worker – Parks/Shade Tree Dept.

Issue Date: 6/18/18                                                                               Closing Date: 6/29/18

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Number of Positions: 1                                                                        Workweek: 40 hours per week

Salary: $25.41/hr.

DEFINITION: Under supervision, performs semi-skilled and manual work to assist in pruning, feeding, bracing, repairing, spraying, fertilizing, removing and transplanting of trees and shrubs; climbing of trees using a ladder, climbing hooks and belts, and other manual or mechanical equipment used to aid in performing tree maintenance tasks;  does related work as required.

EXAMPLES (NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed):

Cuts Grass.  Maintains athletic fields.

Maintains playground Equipment.

Climb trees using individual climbing gear; learns to remove dead or diseased limbs and to top off trees; may work from vertical lift truck when conditions are unsafe to climb.

Uses pole shears, saws, axes and other cutting tools to prune trees or remove dead limbs; operates and feeds branches into chipper.

Scrapes decayed matter from cavities in trees using shovels or picks and fills holes with cement to promote healing and prevent further deterioration.

Cuts down trees using chain or hand saws.

Installs guying and bracing to prevent wind damage and encourage correct growth. 

Uses ropes and pulleys to remove tree branches.  

Bags and transplants trees and shrubs using burlap and shovel.

Fertilizes trees to promote growth using appropriate method and equipment.

Plants trees and shrubs by digging holes, setting, back-filling, watering and bracing.

Visually inspects trees and shrubs to diagnose diseased, infested, damaged or unsafe conditions.   

Performs minor maintenance to equipment or tools used.

Ensures safety procedures, rules and regulations are followed, and deadlines are met.  

May operate motor vehicles and light construction equipment on a limited basis. 

Performs a variety of tasks such as shoveling snow, moving furniture, plowing, planting grass seed, placing sod on areas, cutting brush, mowing grass, and loading and unloading refuse, removing snow, and so forth.

Must be available on a 24-hr basis during emergencies.

REQUIREMENTS:

EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of experience in landscaping, or the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs, which shall have included the use and/or operation of manual or mechanical equipment used to climb trees.   

LICENSE: Appointees will be required to possess a valid New Jersey Commercial Driver's License (minimum Class B with airbrake endorsement).

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the methods, practices, tools and materials used in the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs. 

Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions involved in tree maintenance work. 

Knowledge of the common varieties of trees and their structure. 

Knowledge of knots, hitches and rigging used to lower limbs and tree tops.

Ability to climb trees using a ladder, climbing hooks and belts, or other equipment.

Ability to use or operate a chain saw, stump grinders, chippers, handsaws, axes, wedges and other power and/or hand tools used to perform tree maintenance tasks.  

Ability to provide assignment, instruction and guidance to semi-skilled tree maintenance staff.

Ability to perform mechanical and manual operations.

Ability to lift, push, and pull heavy objects for short distances. 

Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral direction.

Ability to learn quickly from oral instruction and from demonstrations.

Ability to read, write, understand and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

Interested Candidates Should Forward Their Resume to Calvin Bell at:

dpwdir@twp.maplewood.nj.us