Arborist Technician (Department of Transportation)
City of San Jose - San Jose, CA

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Arborist Technicians perform para-professional administrative and field work of considerable complexity in various areas of tree and landscape management and administration. An employee in this class learns to apply general principles of professional landscape management and administration by performing a variety of assignments related to the execution of tree and landscape contracts and assisting in programmatic administrative services. An Arborist Technician may act as a lead to lower level technical classifications, but is primarily an individual contributor with a high level of expertise in landscape management.

Typical duties and results may include:

-Perform tree and landscape inspection work to assess health and condition and evaluate treatment options.
-Compile and input data for street tree and landscape inventory and maintenance plan.
-Create, analyze and prepare reports for tree and landscape management decisions.
-Prepare and dispense information to the public regarding tree stewardship and permit processes.
-Research and report on plant material and irrigation equipment design/installation, and changes/developments in federal, state and local legislation regarding irrigation and landscape.
- Supervise the maintenance of files and records, including geo-database files.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

-Two (2) years (60 units) course work in landscape architecture, horticulture, forestry, or related fields;

-Two (2) years of hands-on experience in a planting and maintenance activity related to municipal street tree and landscape maintenance programs.

-Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

-Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations as related to horticultural principles and practices associated with street tree care; familiarity with GIS mapping is desirable. Four or more years of experience in varied horticultural work (landscape/tree maintenance, landscape construction, nursery management, landscape design, etc.) is highly desirable.

-Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current, well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.

-Computer Skills - experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, and MS Excel, Tree Inventory and Mapping software.

-Customer Service - demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.

-Problem Solving - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

-Reliability - completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

-Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

-Constructive Energies- demonstrates energy and drive that comes from within, with a willingness to approach all aspects of work with a generally positive attitude. Inclination to independently take appropriate action rather than waiting to be told what to do. Examples of Constructive Energies include but are not limited to: enthusiasm; honesty; integrity; empathy; dedication; reliability; proactive approach to work; respectful demeanor; confidence; ethical behavior; willingness to help others, Commitment to personal skills development and growth.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume and answers to the Job-Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the positions based upon responses to Job-Specific questions and work history will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process:

1.Do you have at least two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university in landscape architecture, horticulture, forestry, or a related field? If yes, please describe the specific coursework you have completed related to tree or landscape management.

2.Do you have at least two (2) years of hands-on experience in a planting and maintenance activity related to municipal street tree and landscape maintenance programs? If yes, please describe this experience.

3.Do you have experience as a tree or landscape maintenance field supervisor in a commercial or municipal environment in which you specified plant species to be used and/or made other types of field decisions related to trees and landscape care? If yes, please describe this experience.

4.Do you have experience performing horticultural work? If yes, please describe specific experience in any of the following categories that is applicable to your experience.
-General horticulture
-Tree or landscape maintenance
-Tree or landscape health and condition assessment
-Landscape design
-Tree inventory work

5.Do you have experience using each of the following computer applications: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Tree Inventory Software, Mapping Software? If yes, please provide examples and describe in detail your experience and level of expertise (eg: not proficient, proficient with basics only, highly proficient with more complex aspects or expert-could teach other how to use), and indicate the type of tree inventory software and mapping software you have experience with.

You may answer these questions directly in the on-line application system or on a separate document and then cut and paste your answers into the appropriate spaces when prompted.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Devika Tandan at 408-535-5655 or by email at

Application Instructions

Submission of a resume is optional. The Education History and Work History sections of the application must be completed or the application will be considered to be incomplete and may be withheld from further consideration.

E-mail is the default method of communication with applicants. To ensure that you receive timely notification regarding your application status, please provide a current e-mail address when submitting your application. It is also recommended that you adjust any spam filters to ensure that you can receive e-mails from

The application deadline is11:59 PM on the final filing date. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application.

Employee Unit

Employees in this classification are represented by Municipal Employee's Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local No. 101.

Claiming Veterans Preference

The City of San Jose has a Veteran's Preference Policy ( that applies to this recruitment. To claim veteran's preference points, you must provide a copy of your military discharge form, Form DD214, when appearing for the written/practical examination for this recruitment. (For more information on the City's Veteran's Preference policy, visit the link above.)

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