Lexington, KY, USA
Reporting to the Arboriculture Superintendent, this position maintains trees in outdoor areas on UK Campus: demonstrates knowledge of University Landscape Guidelines and specifications; participates in evaluating the Campus tree canopy for overall health and safety issues; demonstrates a keen awareness of any tree safety concerns, including tree health, structural stability, falling timber, lighting conflicts, etc. The Arborist participates in emergency response after a disaster and provides assistance in the safe and correct removal of trees in times of natural catastrophe; coordinates and performs pruning of trees on all properties maintained by the CPPD Grounds Department; performs tree work as directed including pruning, removals, cabling/bracing, lightning protection, and site cleanup. This position trims and prunes trees for various safety and aesthetics purposes; utilizes safe and efficient climbing methods and rigging techniques through the application of appropriate knots, ropes and related gear; applies use of equipment, materials, manpower, and time to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations. The Arborist demonstrates proficiency in operating aerial lift in pruning and removal maneuvers and procedures; utilizes various hand and power tools; ensures safe operation of chainsaws, chippers, and other tools required on the job. Inspects ropes, tools, equipment, machinery, and other gear daily; Maintains a safe and controlled work-site environment at all times and participates in all work-site safety briefings;
In addition, this role closely collaborates and communicates with Arboriculture Superintendent, Arborist and Arborist Grounds Support; creates work orders in inventory management software system and informs Lead Arborist and Superintendent; ensures active listening to instructions of all job site participants; immediately communicates all issues clearly and concisely; ensures work-site is cleared of brush and debris and cleaned in an appropriate manner; participates in long-term tree management goals and objectives, and stays up-to-date on facilities transformational changes.