Forestry Technician – City of Austin

City of Austin Parks Department – Forestry Technician Natural Resources Division
4 Full-Time positions available

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus one (1) year of construction, maintenance, or landscaping experience, which included the use of power tools or motorized equipment.
One (1) year of additional relevant experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education with a maximum substitution of four (4) years.

Licenses or Certifications:
Must obtain Texas class “B” driver’s license within three (3) months of employment.

Notes to Applicants:
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

The Forestry Technician is responsible for performing proactive and reactive tree maintenance.
Planting/Watering: Duties may include and are not limited to tree watering daily through the summer months, and tree planting, pruning, mulching and inventory updates during the planting season.
Tree Maintenance: Duties may include and are not limited to, working aloft to prune and remove trees though the use of an aerial lift or secured tree climbing.
Technicians will operate a wide variety of hand tools, heavy equipment, operating water tank trucks as well as responding to tree-related emergencies on city owned parkland.
Technicians may provide support for public outreach and education events by working with volunteers, stakeholders, citizens and other various workgroups.
The decision on staff placement on the Forestry teams will be made by the hiring manager.

Application Instructions/Job Requirements:
Application: A detailed, complete application is required, and applicants must include on their Employment Record all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting – up to 10 years or more; this will be used to determine your base compensation. Employment Record dates must include month and year. Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application. Statements such as “See Resume” will not be accepted and a resume alone will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
Skills Assessments: Skills assessment(s) may be required as part of the recruitment process.
Virtual Interviews: PARD may conduct virtual interviews.
Driver Safety Standards:
This position requires candidate to possess a valid Texas class “B” commercial driver license or the ability to acquire within three (3) months of employment. External New Hires must meet the City of Austin’s Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. If you cannot meet these conditions, you may be deemed ineligible for this position.
Military/Veteran: An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.
Physical Requirements: Tasks may involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying, pushing, pulling or using a force equal to lifting up to one hundred (100) pounds. Work environment includes inside, and outside environmental conditions, extreme temperatures, and hazards associated with equipment operation including fumes, oils, gases and mists. Must be physically and mentally able to communicate, respond and work with participant’s needs and safety issues.

Other Information:
Posting Guidelines: PARD reserves the right to close posted positions prior to the advertised close date, based on recruitment strategies and business needs. This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.
Travel: If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.
Tobacco and Vape-Free Workplace: PARD work site locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site – including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.
Pay Range
$15.55 – $18.56 per hour.

Monday-Friday, 6am – 2:30pm
Some weekends, evenings and holiday work will be required.
One week a month, employees will be on emergency on call status.
Job Close Date

Location Central Maint. Complex 2525 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin, 78741

Preferred Qualifications:
Direct work experience operating and maintaining heavy equipment used in the tree care industry.
Previous tree climbing experience.
Experience operating power tools such as chainsaws, for pruning limbs and/or removal of trees.

Preferred Licenses:
Current/Valid International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification as a Certified Arborist/Tree Worker.
Current/Valid Texas Irrigation License.

Ability to travel to more than one work location.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Prune trees for public safety, aesthetics, and tree health.
Plant and water trees throughout the City.
Operate power tools and/or heavy equipment, i.e., brush truck, water truck, winch truck, back hoe, bobcat, etc. to remove/maintain trees, stumps, branches, and debris.
Operate aquatic weed harvester to clear away weeds, shrubs, etc. from lakes.
Operate vehicles used in tree forestation and maintenance.
Inspect trees for disease or pests and treat accordingly.
Clean and maintain tools and equipment.
Operate two-way radio.
Answer citizen questions and provide assistance.

Knowledge skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedures.
Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in using computers and related software applications.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.