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Department Name:

3CP07:Phys Plt-Grounds Services

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

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Required Education:


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Required Related Experience:

3 yrs

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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, 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 equipment and 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 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.

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.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :


Preferred Education/Experience:

Bachelor’s degree + 3 years of related experience

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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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time