Forestry Technician
City of Lakewood, CO - Lakewood, CO

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Hiring range is $19.40-$22.50/hr


This position is primarily responsible for performing all technical aspects of managing an urban forestry program. This includes tree trimming, pruning, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, tree removal, insect identification, pest identification, and inventory. The position has frequent contact with residents in the community regarding vegetation requirements defined in the municipal code. Issues citations and cooperatively works with citizens to address concerns and comply with the code. Assists in other division responsibilities such as snow removal, staging special events, or park management activities.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities)

Applies pesticides for control of undesirable plant species and pests.
Assists as required in various planting and transplanting projects.
Cares for trees and shrubs on City property within a designated geographical boundary.
Keeps daily records of work performed.
Operates City owned vehicles, equipment, and hand tools.
Supervises seasonal employees in the performance of routine maintenance tasks pertinent to the forestry program.
Trims trees and shrubs in parks and rights of way.
Waters fertilizes new and established plant material.
Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
Requires regular and prompt attendance.


Assists in snow removal operations.
Assists in other division work programs as directed.
Assists in staging special events.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received :
Position is supervised by the Forestry Crew Leader or Forestry Lead staff depending on the work assignment

Supervision Given :
Supervises seasonal staff – anywhere from one to as many as five individuals depending on work assignment.

Essential Qualifications:

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
Education :
High school diploma, or equivalent, required.

Preferred education : Two-year technical certificate, Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, nursery management, landscape installation or design or related field.

Experience :
Must have at least two years experience in tree biology, tree identification, diagnosis and dealing with plant stresses, insects, and disorder and basic pruning techniques, or a closely related field.
Must have two years of experience working in a forestry program for a municipal or county agency.

Licensure/Certification/Registration :
Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Must be able to obtain Colorado Class B Commercial Driver’s License within six months of appointment.
Ability to obtain Colorado State Department of Agriculture certification for pesticide application in the categories of turf and ornamentals within six months of appointment. Must be able to apply pesticides.

KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs:

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
Skillful in the operation of hand tools, tree spade, Hi-Ranger, chainsaws, stump grinder, and various tree trimming and pruning equipment.
Knowledge of plant life and growing habits; specifically trees and shrubs.
Ability to do rope and saddle work (climb) in trimming operations.
Ability to supervise seasonal employees and evaluate performance.
Ability to deal with and effectively communicate with the public.
Knowledgeable in tree and shrub species appropriate for planting in this area.
Criminal background check is required.
Post-offer physical is required.


Must lift items from levels that include: floor level or from below the knee; knee through chest level and above the shoulder level that may weigh in excess of 50 pounds. Items to be lifted may include, but are not limited to: (List a sampling of items to be lifted, such as fertilizer bags, tree limbs, metal and plastic pipe, bags of concrete) tree limbs, fertilizer, and pesticide bags and/or containers.

May manipulate (push, pull or carry) items weighing in excess of 100 pounds with assistance as described below. limbs, picnic tables, mower decks

Give examples of items to be manipulated weighing in excess of 100 pounds where manipulation should only be performed using mechanical or second person lift assistance: (jumping jack compactor, boulders, sander plates, full roll petromat, concrete pipe and inlet grates).

Must be able to carry items distances of plus/minus 25 feet. Items to be carried include; (List examples such as raking and shoveling asphalt, electric tools, rocks/drainage maintenance, pull swing gate, jack hammer (70 and 90 pound weight) and manhole covers.) tree limbs, fertilizer and pesticide bags and/or containers

Will constantly manipulate (push, pull, twist) a variety of tools

Requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, grasping, numerous repetative motions, and other movements.

Mathematics :
Routine mathematical skills are required. Must be able to multiply, divide, subtract, and add a series of numbers.

Remembering :
Must have the ability to retain technical knowledge for future utilization or reference. Must be able to remember detailed work assignments and directions.

Language Ability :
Have the ability to read and interpret written instructions
Must be able to write

Cognitive Ability:
Must be able to find necessary people, materials, data, and services
Must be able to concentrate on a task and retain and recall information

Reasoning :
Must have ability to make sound and fair judgments. Must be able to interpret and apply the Lakewood Municipal Code when assessing vegetation problems or needs.

A majority of the work is performed outdoors, potentially under adverse weather conditions.
Work situations may be encountered where it is necessary to be working at a considerable height off of the ground.
Occasional exposure to chemical agents, smog, and potentially hazardous equipment.

Pickup truck
Dump truck
Hand held radios
Pruning saws
Tree spade
Stump grinder
Hand tools