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Position Number: 00102416
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Grounds Management & Fleet Services (GMFS) Unit provides campus wide programs and services and support for the University’s 2000+ acres of campus landscape, 42,000 square feet of buildings and the 33,000 students and 7500 Faculty and Staff that make up the campus population. These programs and services include landscape construction and maintenance, comprehensive waste and recycling programs and services and management of the University’s auto shop and motor fleet. Revenue supported programs and services are provided to: Transportation, Housing, Dining, Athletics, Campus Recreation and individual colleges and departments.
Essential Job Duties: The primary purpose of this position is to manage North Carolina State University's urban forest by supervising a crew of two employees. Grounds Arborist will be responsible for identification of pest problems within the urban forest and treating these problems with Integrated Pest Management techniques. Grounds Arborist will also identify any nutrient deficiencies and soil problems and treat as necessary by fertilization and/or aeration, etc. Emergency tree care: includes the work of removing trees or limbs that have failed as a result of weather, structural problems, vehicle accidents, or some other outside force. Position will identify dead, dying and diseased tree limbs and remove as necessary. Grounds Arborist will be responsible for identification of pest problems within the urban forest and treating these problems with IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques. Position will have to climb trees using rope and harness when necessary. Position will collect data the condition and health of trees in the University's urban forest. Position will provide leadership by implementing schedules and assignments while assuring the safety of employees and the campus community. Position will also develop and maintain effective working relationships with external and internal public groups, bodies or individuals.
Department Required Skills : Knowledge of arboriculture: pruning trees, tree removal, bucket truck operations, chipper operations and use of chainsaws. ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist. Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds. Must have the physical strength to climb with rope and saddle for at least 4 hours a day. Must be able to maneuver equipment in confined spaces. Must have the ability to wear a respirator and other required safety equipment. Must be able to communicate effectively verbally with supervisors and the general public and understand verbal and written instructions and other communications regarding work assignments and other matters. Position serves in a critical role and employee must work during adverse weather conditions and may be required to work even if the University is closed to normal operations.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Graduation from High School or equivalent GED. At least 5 years experience in Arboriculture, especially tree climbing and 2 years experience in tree lift truck operation. At least 2-5 years experience in supervision.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: Valid Driver's License Required North Carolina Driver's License required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained. North Carolina Pesticide License required within 6 months of completion of probationary period and must be maintained throughout employment. Ability to obtain an Arborist certification within 1 year of hire date.
AA/EOE: AA/EOE. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.
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