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Company Name : City of Boise, ID
Company Location : Boise, ID 83702
Job Position : Arborist
Job Category : Jobs in Idaho

Job Description :

Summary Statement

The secret is out! World-class benefits, competitive pay, and a progressive and supportive work culture have shaped the City of Boise into one of Idaho’s most coveted employers. If you are an experienced and skilled Arborist looking for an opportunity to establish a career with long-term benefits, we want to hear from you. Successful candidates will take pride in playing an essential role in keeping Boise beautiful!
This position:

  • Performs skilled and technical tree maintenance including pruning, removal, and planting in the public right-of-way, and on city-owned and maintained properties
  • Operates and maintains a variety of specialized equipment and tools
  • Responds to 24-hour emergency call-outs, and address risks and hazardous trees
  • Requires a Class A CDL, but is open to Non-CDL drivers willing to obtain one within 6 months of hire
  • Work requires independent discretion in decision-making and is performed under general supervision
  • Will be posted until filled

Essential Functions

Performs skilled and technical tree maintenance including pruning, removal, and planting of trees in public right-of-way and on city-maintained properties. Uses arboricultural tools to prune trees for health and public safety according to defined pruning standards by ANSI. Utilizes advanced arboricultural climbing and rigging skills to perform maintenance and tree removals. Responds to 24-hour emergency call-outs; evaluates and determines the safest methods for removal of hanging or downed branches and trees. Performs safety inspections of trees prior to climbing. Implements necessary safety precautions during tree maintenance operations. Coordinates with forestry staff in tree planting duties to ensure trees are professionally planted for health and longevity. Operates and maintains medium to heavy equipment such as aerial lift towers, brush chippers, stump cutters and backhoes to perform duties. Prepares and if necessary, applies pesticides and herbicides according to city procedures (60%)

Performs routine inspections to identify maintenance needs and safety issues. Reviews work orders and maps and coordinates work according to locations. Coordinates with staff to determine which tasks are a priority and adjusts schedules and routes accordingly. Inputs data into work orders and timesheets ensuring a detailed record of work performed (20%)

Ensures an accurate and detailed record of all pesticide applications is maintained including the type of pesticide, application location, mixture, and amounts used. Reports low inventory and upcoming needs for supplies. Attends arboriculture training to maintain certified arborist status on an annual basis. Attends, and when applicable, passes city-sponsored safety and training classes. Maintains an adequate level of chemicals, tools, and related equipment. Tracks and reviews inventory of equipment and tools to develop projections of future material requirements. (10%)

Directs fieldwork of volunteers and seasonal staff. Provides training and corrective guidance to volunteers and seasonal staff. Ensures compliance with all safety protocols and trains volunteer and seasonal staff on equipment and tools utilized. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%


Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years of experience in tree operations
  • Or college-level coursework in biology, horticulture, or related fields
  • And/or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Working Knowledge

  • Tree anatomy and biology
  • Materials, equipment, and methods used to plant and maintain trees
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and ANSI safety standards for tree work


  • Recognize risk trees
  • Safely operate all tools and vehicles required
  • Use safety equipment and tools while climbing trees
  • Read landscape plans and maps
  • Operate a computer with demonstrated proficiency using related database, word processing, and spreadsheet software applications at an appropriate level for efficient job performance
  • Display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City of Boise employees and the public
  • Communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance
  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion
  • Understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations
  • Maintain prompt and regular attendance
  • Perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Operate vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training

  • Associate’s Degree in Arboriculture, Biology, or related field
  • 3 years of experience working with plant removal and pruning
  • Idaho Pesticide Operators License issued by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture
  • International Society of Arboriculture Certification in any of the following:
    • Certified Arborist
    • Arborist Utility Specialist
    • Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
    • Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
    • Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist

Licensing And Other Requirements

  • Idaho Class A commercial driver’s license
    • In this position, you may work with your supervisor to obtain the required licenses and certifications while on probation. If needed, your probationary period will be extended by 3 months to allow you time to successfully obtain a Class A Driver’s License (CDL).
  • Ability to obtain within 1 year of employment:
    • Idaho Pesticide Operators License issued by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture
    • International Society of Arboriculture Certification as an Arborist and/or Tree Worker

Special Requirements

Applicants must be able to pass:

  • City of Boise background check processes including a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation
  • Driving Record Check
  • Drug-Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug-Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety-sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post-Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hiring. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test.

Persons in this position must have a CDL that can handle a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of the towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds.

Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Physical Efforts
While performing the duties of this job the employee is always lifting/carrying up to 20 pounds, frequently lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lifting/carrying up to 100 pounds. Also, the employee is always pushing/pulling up to 20 pounds, frequently pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds, and occasionally pushing/pulling up to 100 pounds. The noise level is always moderate and frequently very loud. Work includes the sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity. Additional physical efforts include: twisting, climbing, bending and carrying hand and power tools up and around trees.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, wet and humid conditions, and areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter. Employees are exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards and work in/at heights. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids, and chemicals. Must navigate and be aware of: falling limbs, trees, high winds, storms, ice, snow, rain stinging insects, poisonous plants, thorns, snakes, and related pests.
This position works: on call 24/7 for tree-related emergencies.


Top talent deserves top-notch benefits. The City is among the best in the Treasure Valley when it comes to the benefits and perks we offer our employees.

Most positions are eligible for the general benefits listed here; firefighters, police officers, senior managers, command staff, and directors may be offered other benefit plans.

Healthcare- ZERO premium medical coverage for you and your family:

  • Low-cost dental and vision options.
  • Post-employment health savings account.

Retirement and Investment Plans:

  • PERSI retirement benefits
  • 401(k) or 457b pre-tax investment options with employer match.
  • 457b Roth after-tax investment options with no match

WellBeing Program:

  • Up to $500 cash per year for participants.
  • Alternative transportation incentives.

Paid Leave – City employees receive generous paid leave:

  • 8 hours of vacation per month, and this increases the longer you stay with the City
  • 11 paid holidays every year
  • 8 hours of sick leave per month
  • Six weeks Parental Leave

Life & Long Term Disability:

  • Basic Life insurance at no cost to you
  • Long Term Disability insurance at no cost to you

Other optional benefits:

  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Disability Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free local bus pass
  • Corporate discount programs
  • Employee Assistance Program for short-term counseling on work, family, finances, and personal issues.

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