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🔗Tree Care Technician (9 month Seasonal)

Website Prospect Park Alliance

JOB OVERVIEW

The Tree Care Technician will work with the Prospect Park Alliance Forester to care for all newly planted trees as part of the commemorative donor tree planting program. In addition they will assist with the overall care of trees and general landscape maintenance in prospect park.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS / KEY JOB OUTCOMES

Plant balled and burlapped trees as part of the commemorative donor tree program.
Maintain donor trees in the landscape by monitoring, watering, pruning, fencing, and removing trees if necessary
Work with Alliance staff to undertake basic tree work (e.g., pruning, removal, and clearing of storm damage) safely and effectively with the support of Prospect Park Alliance crews as needed
Perform measures to support key specimen trees, including decompaction, fencing, fertilization or other soil amendments, mulching, or other interventions
Remove snow and perform other emergency response activities throughout the park as assigned.
Remove hazards in the park and/or mitigate hazardous situations
Assist crews from LMO and M&O when necessary for emergencies, special events, or special projects Operation and Maintenance of Vehicles, Equipment, Tools & Shared Work Areas.
Operate vehicles (e.g., truck, utility vehicle, tractor), power equipment (e.g., chainsaw, string trimmer, mower, brush hog, woodchipper, and hedge trimmer), and various hand tools in a safe manner
Performs other job-related duties and functions as assigned

Requirements

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management or related field, or applied certification in Horticulture
A valid NYS Driver’s License
A valid NYS CDL Driver’s License preferred

COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal Attributes)

Passion for the Alliance Mission & Core Values: A passion for public parks and environmental conservation combined with a commitment to treating others with respect, appreciating individual differences and embracing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion
Ethics & Integrity: Earns the trust and respect of others through a consistent commitment to integrity, honesty and professionalism in all interactions
Landscape Management Knowledge: Proficient in plant identification for northeast US region, use of landscape tools, experience with ecological restoration and/or sustainable ecological horticulture Proper planting and pruning techniques
Machinery Operation: Competence in mechanized equipment and safe vehicle operation is essential The ability to safely operate and maintain various groundskeeping vehicles and equipment including but not limited to infield groomers, utility vehicles, weed whackers and riding and push lawn mowers is required,
Ability to successfully procure, store and plant B&B-sized trees
Health and Safety Comply with relevant health and safety legislation and regulation and organizational policies Manages risk including the identification of hazards, assessment of risks and implementation of control measures Manages own safety and that of others.
Customer Service: Exhibits a strong commitment to delivering excellent, responsive and friendly customer service to patrons and park visitors
Results and Impact Focus: Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and highly motivated to consistently produce high quality work and achieve desired outcomes and results
Decision Making & Problem Solving: Alerts others to possible problems in a timely fashion. Seeks support to solve problems
Offers possible solutions Acts on solutions selected and decisions made as directed
Self-Management: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment
Collaboration & Teamwork: Committed to working in collaboration with others, promoting cooperation and commitment to others and being a positive team contributor
Communication: Superior verbal communication skills with the ability to positively engage with and impart key information to members of the public
Technology: Proficient with automated technologies to support area of responsibility including G-Suite and Microsoft Office Suite

SALARY + BENEFITS INFORMATION

Salary Range: $24.00 per hour
Pay is based on a number of factors including  job-related knowledge, skills, and experience

WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work is normally performed in the field which subjects the employee to various external elements including potentially adverse weather conditions and some exposure to moderate risk of accident/injury requiring following basic safety precautions Additionally, involves frequent exposure to challenging elements such as extreme dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, loud noises, chemicals, etc and exposure to potentially hazardous substances, or other significant job environmental risks
Requires operating a motor vehicle; operating equipment where carelessness could result in injury; standing for extended periods of time; stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pushing, pulling and/or crawling; use of manual dexterity and fine motor skills; use of a desktop, laptop or video display terminal and identifying and distinguishing colors and shades of color
Requires manual labor requiring moderate physical exertion (consistent need to lift, push, pull, carry, etc up to 50 lbs) May require special safety precautions, such as working around moving parts, machines or with irritant chemicals, and may require use of protective clothing or gear
Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading basic documents and/or following verbal instructions and filling in forms

Diversity Makes Us Stronger Together: Prospect Park Alliance serves park users of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and strives to reflect this diversity throughout our operations and in our leadership, staff, stakeholders and supporters We know that by creating an equitable and inclusive workplace built on mutual respect and the appreciation of difference, our employees will feel safe to express themselves, voice their opinions and work together to find common ground and solutions Integral to this vision is our longstanding commitment to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.