Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

This is an 18 month apprenticeship to teach the technical skills of professional tree climbing. During this time you will be taught how to safely climb trees, work aloft, operate maintenance equipment, and care for trees. No previous tree climbing experience is required, but must be a quick learner. The apprentice will be required to obtain and maintain a CDL license during their training.

This is a Temporary position that receives Medical benefits

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis. As soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, due to the City's vehicle insurance requirements



  • Assists with tree trimming and removal operations
  • Climbs, prunes, and removes trees under supervision
  • Performs preventative maintenance of chainsaws and forestry equipment
  • Cleans up storm damage on a 24 hour emergency basis
  • Clears snow from streets and public properties on a 24 hour emergency basis
  • Assists in chemical applications and other tree care interventions
  • Performs additional duties as assigned



  • High school Diploma or GED.

  • 1 year of related manual labor experience, or training/certifications/coursework in arboricultural, landscaping, forestry, horticulture, environmental science, or natural resources management.

  • Knowledge of methods and processes related to maintaining trees.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; perform manual labor for extended periods of time;
  • Understand oral and written instructions
  • Operate or receive training on various types of maintenance and construction equipment.

  • Skilled in the use of maintenance equipment.

Licenses, Certificates or Equipment Required: 
  • Must have a valid driver's license. 
  • 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:

  • Heavy physical work requiring ability to frequently lift up to 50 pounds with or without assistance and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Considerable walking and standing; regular pushing, pulling and bending
  • Some hand/eye and foot/eye coordination to operate motorized equipment
  • Hearing and listening for receiving and interpreting information and warning signals. 

Work Environment:
  • Regularly works outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions
  • Regular exposure to dust, noise, and chemicals. 
  • Must be available to work overtime, weekends, and holidays in emergency situations.

Equipment Used:
  • Hand and power tools and equipment common to urban forestry maintenance as well as chain saws.
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and 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.

Application Instructions

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