Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources

City of Marion - Arborist Technician II & I

General Job Description: The Arborist Technician's perform standard level duties in the field to include all aspects of arboriculture and general forestry work. This includes tree pruning, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, tree removal, insect/disease identification, pesticide application and inventory with mobile devices.  Staff operate a wide variety of heavy and power equipment in trimming and removing trees and shrubbery, including aerial bucket/lift trucks, wood chippers, dump trucks, loaders, tractors, skid steers, chainsaws, and stump grinders.

Starting salary: $44,807 - $46,042 annual salary

Company Benefits: Health, life, IPERS retirement, paid leave and illness accrual, training and continued education, etc.

High school courses important to the position: Natural sciences, Biology, Ecology, Math, Physics, Physical Ed, GIS, reading and communication skills. 

Training, certifications, or degree needed to qualify for the position:

  • Commercial Drivers License
  • Plant and Tree ID
  • Certified Pesticide Applicator
  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • First Aid
  • CPR

Specific skills that your business recognizes as fundamental to employment (life skills): Strong work ethic, communication skills, punctuality, willingness to learn on a daily basis, work through challenges, following direction

What kind of advancement opportunities exist in the company? The Marion Urban Forestry Division is growing with the community and with many tasks in the work schedule there are new needs and positions being filled to operate equipment and improve the efficiency of the overall crews and division.  Many skills trained and acquired in these positions allow for advancement within the division and into other departments within the City public service sectors.

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