Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.** 



This position serves as lead worker over an assigned crew of maintenance workers engaged in skilled tree maintenance programs.

  • Plans and/or assigns work operations
  • Maintains records and reports and equipment
  • Trains assigned personnel
  • Plants and cares for plant material
  • Operates machinery needed in the maintenance of trees including aerial lift operation
  • Climbs trees to perform maintenance work using industry accepted rope and saddle techniques
  • Follows preservation guidelines and practices protective procedures on trees
  • Maintains equipment and landscape systems
  • Runs tests, troubleshoots, coordinates contractor and volunteer service work
  • Assists with public relations projects, and helps resolve citizen complaints
  • May perform and/or direct snow removal activities and 24 hour emergency storm response activities
  • May also be required to operate heavy equipment
  • Performs additional duties as assigned


Education: High School Diploma or GED. College-level coursework in horticulture or arboricultural and/or industry certification is preferred.

Experience: At least 4 years progressively responsible experience related to urban forestry, including at least 1 year supervisory or lead worker experience.
Must have tree climbing skills with a rope and saddle

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge: Knowledge of methods and processes to nurture and maintain trees. Knowledge of hazards and safety practices common to tree preservation program.

Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy; ability to organize, coordinate, and direct the work of others; ability to work in unpleasant and sometimes hazardous conditions.
Able to work some holidays and weekends. 

Skills: Skill in monitoring the work of assigned personnel.

Licenses, Certificates, or Equipment Required:
  • Ability to obtain a Class B Colorado Commercial Driver's License within 6 months of hire.
  • Required to have completed or begin defensive driving, rigging training, CPR certification, and First Aid certification within six months of hire.
  • Must obtain ISA Certified Arborist certification within 6 months.
This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.


Physical Demands: 
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches
  • Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 75 pounds with assistance
  • Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Regular walking and standing
  • Full range of body movements including bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling
  • Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Vision to read reports, instructions, and other written material
  • Speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizen
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Work Environment
  • Works offsite in outdoor setting with exposure to dust, water, noise, animal dangers, odors, and fumes. Able to work some holidays and weekends.
  • Able to work with rotating hours, holidays, weekends and a flexible schedule

Equipment Used:
  • Operates CDL class motor vehicles; operates large powered equipment such as skid steer, loaders, tractor, and stump grinders; uses a variety of hand tools and equipment common to tree maintenance operations.

    This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service and included related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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