Arborist Lead

Job description

Job Title:

Arborist Lead

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

3CP07:Phys Plt-Grounds Services

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Grade Level:


Salary Range:


Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Required Education:


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Required Related Experience:

3 yrs

Required License/Registration/Certification:

KT Certified Applicators License and Certified Arborist Credential – Conferred by the International Society of Arboriculture

Physical Requirements:

Lifting, pushing, and/or pulling objects up to and over 50lbs; Standing or walking with objects up to 25lbs; Repetitive motion; Risk of injuries, cuts, and punctures from moving, lifting, and use of equipment or materials.

Outside work; Exposure to various weather elements, loud noises, fumes, heights over four feet, confined areas, and temperature extremes.

Performs physical activities that require considerable use of arms, legs, and movement of the whole body, such as required in climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Ability to work off scissor lift, aerial lift, and ladder.


7:00am – 3:45pm (Monday – Friday)*

*Hours of work may vary dependent upon situational and/or weather related factors, and emergencies requiring night(s), weekend(s), or holiday(s) response.

Job Summary:

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 Lead 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; 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.

This role applies use of equipment, materials, manpower, and time to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations; 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. They will also inspect 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. The Arborist Lead closely collaborates and communicates with Arboriculture Superintendent, Arborist and Arborist Grounds Support. They will create work orders in inventory management software system and informs 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.

In addition, the Lead Arborist supports the Arboriculture Superintendent in providing direction and oversight of team members in their successful completion of daily tasks; ensures assigned work schedules and arboriculture services are maintained by staff and job duties are completed in a safe, accurate, efficient, and timely manner on a daily basis. The Lead recommends adjustments to schedules as needed, and responds to customer concerns as they arise; resolves issues with customers in conjunction with department management and implements solutions as directed; provides input to Superintendent regarding individual employee performance and accountability for the purposes of annual performance evaluations and/or employee relations concerns; and promotes teamwork and a positive work environment.

IEBC – Internal Employee Being Considered.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

MS Windows/Office; SAP; KRONOS

Driver’s License — Preferred

Knowledge of Sustainable Forest Management, Tree Maintenance and Arboriculture with Demonstrated Proficiency/Knowledge in Tree Climbing; Pruning; Use of Ropes, Knots, Tools (Chainsaws, Handsaws, Pole Saws, etc.); and other Gear used in Arboriculture Operations.

Knowledge of Safe Use and Proper Equipment Operations Procedures, including Utilizing Heavy Equipment; and Maintenance.

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Preferred Education/Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree + 3 Years

Deadline to Apply:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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