Tree Trimmer

General Summary

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree.

Principal Responsibility

  • Operate boom trucks, loaders, stump chippers, brush chippers, tractors, power saws, trucks, sprayers, and other equipment and tools.
  • Climb trees, using climbing hooks and saddle, or climb ladders to gain access to work areas.
  • Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment.
  • Cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing equipment or bucket trucks, chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, fiberglass extension pruners and pole saws.
  • Trim, prune, and reshape trees.
  • Prune, remove, and spray trees as directed.
  • Hoist tools and equipment to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle.
  • Operate shredding and chipping equipment, and feed limbs and brush into the machines.
  • Load debris and refuse onto trucks and haul it away for disposal.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Previous tree-trimming experience required.
  • Previous experience tree-trimming around power lines preferred.
  • One to five years experience.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 -75 pounds daily.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Needs to be able to communicate clearly orally and written.

Description of physical working environment

  • Working in an outdoor environment, in all types of weather conditions. Regular bending, twisting, and light to heavy lifting is common.