Bellevue is known as "A City in a Park," with a park system comprised of 2,700 acres of parks and open space. Bellevue's Parks and Community Services Department has a unique opportunity for you as Arboriculture & Streetscape Lead Worker. The Street Tree and Arterial Landscape program manages over 10,000 street trees and 200 acres of formal right of way landscapes. This is a journey-level position that performs a wide variety of landscape maintenance, landscape renovation, young tree pruning and other street tree maintenance duties.
You will work with other employees to manage roadside landscaped areas and troubleshoot on-site problems. This includes coordinating with contract administrators to oversee the work of maintenance contractors to plan, schedule, coordinate, and oversee projects related to maintenance, repair, and installation work for the City's Street Tree and Arterial Landscape Program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: As a Lead Worker you will be responsible for supervision of part-time field staff. You will be technically savvy and lead by example in developing and maintaining a team atmosphere, which supports and encourages employees to make suggestions and work well with one another. Bring your strong communication skills to mentor, train, support, encourage, develop and advise staff on complex work. Administrative duties include weekly scheduling, workload and organizational planning, record keeping, inventory of equipment and supplies, budgeting, purchasing, documentation, volunteer coordination, contract administrator support, and customer service. You will have considerable contact with the general public in this role.
No day is the same. In this position you'll be working predominately outside with your team. You will perform a variety of tasks associated with managing high quality, formal landscapes adjacent to the roadway including: Tree/ Shrub Pruning, Landscape Projects, Hard Surface Maintenance, Integrative Pest Management, In-House Site Maintenance, Equipment Operation/ Maintenance, and Supplemental Watering.
As a Lead Worker you will report project status, ensure the availability of equipment needed to complete assignments including equipment procurement and rental, complete work in a manner that leads/motivates members of the group, and assures individual, co-worker, and public safety in all weather and working conditions. This work is typically performed with little supervision.
Other responsibilities include:
Technical tree and shrub pruning, including training young trees for form, structure and aesthetics.
Manage landscape installation and renovation projects, including developing scope of work, perform site prep, acquisition of materials, plant ordering, oversight of in-house staff or contracted landscape crew, installation, and traffic control.
Prioritize, schedule, assign, and oversee work for crew on a daily basis based on priorities or urgency of projects or issues on hand.
Provide training to subordinate crew either formally or through hands-on maintenance, landscape installation, technical pruning, pesticide application, equipment safety and techniques, traffic control, and irrigation operation.
Communicate effectively with vendors, contractors, general public, and other city employees to coordinate work activities, review status of work projects, and resolve problems.
Provide customer service to public, city departments, volunteer organizations and other governmental agencies as needed.
Identify maintenance, renovation, replacement, or repair requirements through inspections, comments or concerns from supervisors, city employees, crew members, and citizens.
Perform general site maintenance, including weed control, plant and tree health evaluation, pruning, IPM and supplemental watering to non-irrigated sites.
Acquire, inventory, operate and maintain equipment, including hand tools, power tools, rental equipment, tow-behind water tank, and Green Machine sweeper.
Monitor and interpret the condition of landscape, trees and turf and operate and troubleshoot irrigation system accordingly.
Troubleshoot issues that arise, and make necessary changes based on priority.
Coordinate and represent the City on work projects that involve outside contractors and vendors or other departments.
Manage assigned budget as required; monitor expenditures and allocate fund usage, including cost estimating for project proposals.
Make updates to GIS inventory database.
QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Three years of experience working in the field urban forestry or urban horticulture.
Knowledge of tree pruning techniques, and specific tree species growth response to pruning.
Knowledge of basic concepts of workload planning including ability to develop and adjust inventories, time standards, tasks and frequencies.
Ability to make decisions necessary to plan, organize, and complete work for multiple project sites efficiently and effectively.
Ability to perform effectively with little or no supervision.
General knowledge of landscape construction, irrigation troubleshooting and repair.
Excellent customer service skills with the ability to understand empathize with opposing views.
Basic computer experience in word processing and spreadsheet software. Some database experience preferred.
Clear and concise oral and written interpersonal communication skills.
Excellent problems solving skill. Ability to independently identify and solve problems as well and recognition of when to request assistance when needed.
Good organizational skills. Ability to estimate project costs, schedule work and track and report progress.
Knowledge of common street tree species, including growth habits, pruning needs, water and soil needs, and response to urban stressors.
Knowledge of landscape plant species, proper selection, care, and maintenance as related to Right of Way (ROW) landscape use, growth habit and vehicular/pedestrian site line requirements, and irrigation needs.
Ability and desire to work safely to maintain and enhance landscaping located in a variety of City ROW including, but not limited to major, minor and collector arterials.
Knowledge of landscape pesticides/herbicides using Integrated Pest Management methods and best management practices.
Demonstrated passion for a career in the field of urban forestry or urban horticulture.
Education & Experience Requirement
Two-year degree in urban forestry or urban horticulture or related field.
Knowledge of ISA and ANSI standards, and pruning systems. Strong understanding of structural pruning.
Arborists Certification (International Society of Arboriculture); or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
Valid, current Washington State Driver's license at date of hire. Must have and maintain a good driving record by City Standards (posted on job application).
Commercial Driver's License (CDL); or ability to obtain one within 12 months of hire.
Washington State Pesticide Applicators License
Washington State flagging certification or be able to obtain within 6 months.
TCS (Traffic Control Supervisor) certification or must be able to obtain within 24 months.
Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment flexibility test and physical capacity test.
Selected candidate must pass a criminal background check.
Five years of experience in landscape maintenance or activities.
Three years municipal government experience.
One year supervisory experience.
Familiarity with GIS or other geographical database management software.
Familiarity with Maxicom or other centrally located irrigation control system.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and engage in considerable pulling, pushing, and climbing.
Work is done mostly outdoors in all type of weather conditions. Common hazards include traffic, underground lines, chemicals, and equipment.
Individuals must have adequate hearing and visual acuity to successfully perform the essential job responsibilities and requirements of the position. Individuals must be able to hear and understand verbal communications and other outside sound sources. Vision abilities include close, distance, color, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
For further information about this position, please contact Tom Kuykendall via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 425-452-7924. For any technical difficulties with your application, please contact the NEOGOV support line at 855-524-5627.
At the City of Bellevue, you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and being a part of the community vision. Our people bring unique skills and qualities to the table, embrace the values of honesty, accountability and commitment to service, and take pride in the work they do. You'll work in an environment where being innovative, collaborative, and future focused are the status quo. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past. It's what makes the City of Bellevue an exiting place to work, live, and explore.
Have we peaked your interest yet? Come join our team! All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, disability age, veteran status, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance with the application process may call the Human Resources Office at 425-452-6838.
Bellevue is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to the health and safety of its employees. The work associated with this position may be performed remotely, either full-time or part-time, in compliance with the Governor's Safe Start guidance and the department's telework agreement. There may be situations where the employee is required to physically report to city facilities. Employees reporting to work onsite need to follow safety precautions and procedures as required by the city.
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The City of Bellevue is situated between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington with the Cascades mountain range to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west offering breath-taking panoramic vistas. Bellevue is the Eastside’s major urban population center, and is the fifth largest city in Washington State. We are proud of our award winning city and the employees who help make it happen! The City of Bellevue is truly a culturally-enriched destination city to live, work and play! Apply online at www.bellevuewa.gov.