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Arborist Trainee

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Arborist Trainee
Department Facilities, Engineering, & Planning
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18105
Open Date 10/25/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

$11.25 – $12.46/hour

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime Yes
Position Summary

The Arborist Trainee, under the supervision of the Grounds Supervisor and Arborists I and II, will perform hands on corrective procedures and preventative maintenance to trees and shrubs on campus with the goals of promoting the health, safety, and vigor of campus trees.

Education Required HS Diploma or equivalent
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Associate’s degree or higher in forestry, horticulture, or related field

Experience Required 1 year
Type of Experience

Experience at Rice in custodial or groundskeeping.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Over one year of experience in tree maintenance.

License/Certification Required

Valid Texas driver’s license (or ability to obtain one within thirty days of employment) required with no more than three moving violations or at fault accidents within the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositons for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the last five years.

License/Certification Preferred

International Society of Arboriculture certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialist or International Society of Arboriculture certified Arborist.

Skills Required

- Must be able to read and write in English.
- Must be able to demonstrate safe tree climbing practices and use required personal protective equipment.
- Must be able to follow instructions and have familiarity with ANSI A300 standards for tree care operations.
- Must have good manual dexterity.

Skills Preferred

Familiarity with ANSI A200 standards for tree care operations.

Internal / External Contacts

Frequent, extensive contact with Grounds employees and other FE&P employees including craftspeople, project managers and management. Occasionally, contacts vendors and participates in off-campus training opportunities.

Physical Demands

HEAVY Exert up to 70 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects. Requires walking, standing, lifting and carrying heavy objects up to 8 hours per day and multi-limb coordination to operate heavy equipment and drive a vehicle. Other physical requirements of the job include the ability to bend/crouch/or kneel, see, reach, climb and balance.

Working Conditions

Work Environment: Primarily an outdoor work environment which includes exposure to temperature and weather extremes (heat, cold, rain, etc).Work Hazards: Exposed to dirt, dust, fumes, pollen, noise, and hazardous chemicals such as insecticides, fungicide, and fertilizer. Much work will occur at heightened elevations on ladders and scaffolding. Work with heavy equipment such as chain saw, truck, tractor, chipper and stump grinder is required. Work Schedule: May be required to work overtime 3-4 times each year. This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/11731

Job Duties

Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Remove dead or dangerous trees.

Percentage of Time 5
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Conduct emergency tree repair needed due to damage caused by weather or accidents.

Percentage of Time 10
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Monitor, diagnose, and treat trees regularly for pests or other problems.

Percentage of Time 15
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Perform tree pruning on campus.

Percentage of Time 35
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Provide preventative tree maintenance such as watering, aerating, fertilizing, cabling, and staking to existing trees and plant new trees when needed

Percentage of Time 35

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a high school diploma or additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have one year of experience at Rice in custodial or groundskeeping?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you able to read, write, and speak English?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you possess (or have ability to obtain within 30 days of hire) and maintain a valid Texas driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Have you had four or more moving violations and/or at fault accidents in the past three years?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have any convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years?
    • Yes
    • No