Tree Maintenance Assistant

Organization: City of Newport News
City: Newport News
State: VA
Web Page: http://nnva.gov/jobs

Job Description:

What would a typical day on the job be like — what work would I do?
Do you enjoy working outside in the fresh air while being on your feet and moving? Well, this may be the opportunity for you!

As a Tree Maintenance Assistant, you would be maintaining, trimming, and removing trees in accordance with established arboricultural techniques throughout the City of Newport News! This position frequently interacts with other internal departments, external organizations, and the public so customer service skills will come in handy!

You will also have the opportunity to operate various equipment related to trimming and removing trees like saws, trimming knives, chainsaws, and other landscape equipment. In order to trim or remove certain trees, utilization of a bucket truck may also be required. Safety is our first priority for both our employees and citizens, so knowledge of basic safety regulations and equipment operation is very important!

How much money can I make?
In the Tree Maintenance Assistant position, you could make a competitive salary ranging from $28k to $48k annually depending on education, qualifications, and experience.

What will I learn on the job?
Your knowledge and skills of arboriculture techniques, tools, methods, practices, procedures and materials will continuously develop while working in this position! You will also gain knowledge of different tree species and their growing habits as related to pruning and shaping methods.

What are the qualifications for this position?
This position requires 1-2 years of arboriculture or related experience, or any combination of education and experience.

Are there advancement opportunities in this position?
There are opportunities for career advancement and lateral movement from this position. You will have exposure to all aspects of tree maintenance and the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department. This position will work with other positions within the department to ensure the City is maintained to the highest quality standards.

Why should I work for the City of Newport News?
The City of Newport News is an organization committed to excellence in public service with strong communication and teamwork. As an established employer of choice in the Hampton Roads area, the City is also dedicated to maximizing employee potential. Join the City Newport News and embrace the City's values of "Commitment, Caring, and Collaboration."

Other stuff that’s good to know:
The City of Newport News offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a Virginia Retirement System defined benefit and defined contribution plan, medical, dental, vision, and a variety of wellness initiatives. Come join a team that treats you like family and emphasizes open communication!