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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Position Description

Under the direction of the Urban Forester, the employee is directly responsible for the completion of forestry projects and maintenance. Directly responsible for the supervision, training, safety, equipment operation and performance of work crew. Employee performs a wide variety of urban forestry activities in parks, cemeteries, and public right-of-ways. Duties include tree planting and pruning, removal and other related maintenance. Additional duties:

  • Directs equipment and personnel to assigned tasks, ensuring that work is performed in a safe manner.
  • Operates bucket truck, stump grinder, chipper, and pneumatic tools in a safe, efficient, and courteous manner
  • Remove litter and other debris from assigned areas as directed.
  • Load and set up tables, chairs, tents, stages, etc. for special events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Training/Special Skills

Working knowledge and previous applicable experience in urban forestry practices and techniques desired. Tree identification skills desired. Working knowledge and skill in the safe operation of trucks, equipment trailers, tractors, chainsaws, power tools, hand tools, and other related equipment.

  • Prior supervisory experience desirable. Must have the ability to properly assign the necessary resources to complete the job assignment in an efficient and safe manner and in compliance with maintenance standards.
  • Must have the ability to train, motivate, supervise, direct, and evaluate the work performance of subordinates.
  • Current certification or ability to obtain ISA, (International Society of Arboriculture), Certified Arborist certificate.
  • Working knowledge of mechanics and ability to perform safety/maintenance equipment inspections.
  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to interact and work well with the public and other employees.
  • Must be reliable, punctual, have the ability to follow oral and written direction, and be capable of performing physically demanding work.
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Good driving record.

Physical Effort/Working Conditions

Must be in excellent physical condition. Moderate to strenuous physical effort is exerted by the employee in the setup and operation of equipment; including frequent bending, stooping, and the movement of extremities to operate equipment controls and perform work tasks. Moderate to strenuous physical effort is frequently required for extended periods of time in the lifting and loading of equipment and tools. Employee must be physically capable of lifting weights in excess of 75 pounds and able to work at heights in excess of 50’. Employee performs duties in and out of doors, in varying weather conditions, and is periodically exposed to work sites with traffic, noise, dust, and vehicle and equipment fumes. Safety precautions used at all times to avoid injury.


8 hours per day, 7:30am-3:30pm. Some weekends required if emergency conditions exist. 40 hour work week, except holiday weeks and during periods of inclement weather. Employees under age eighteen are subject to restrictions on both hours and prohibited occupations.


March 26 – November 16, Monday-Friday (40hrs/wk). Term of employment not to exceed nine months.


$13.29 - $14.74 per hour

Applicants for this position are subject to a criminal history background check. Direct deposit is a required condition of employment.


Anyone wishing to apply for this position must submit an application to Bloomington Parks and Recreation, 401 N. Morton St. Ste. 250, Bloomington, Indiana either in person during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F), by mail (PO Box 848, Bloomington, IN 47402) or by fax ((812) 349-3705).

Students attending Indiana University may submit applications to the Student Employment Office at 625 N. Jordan. Applications are available at the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation main office and at the Student Employment Office. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 23, 2018.

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The City of Bloomington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, ancestry, marital status, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability status in employment or the provision of services.

The City of Bloomington validates authorization to work using eVerify. The City will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with the information from each new employee's I-9 form to confirm work authorization.