Forestry Technician Senior

Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Forestry Technician Senior
Job Requisition Number COA077699
Position Number 112971
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Natural Resources
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus two (2) years of forestry related experience.
  • One (1) year of additional relevant experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education with a maximum substitution of four (4) years.

Licenses or Certifications:
  • Must obtain Texas class "B" driver's license within three months of employment.

Notes to Applicants

Regarding your City of Austin Employment Application :

  • Resume and Cover Letter are required, but will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online Employment Application.
  • A detailed, complete Employment Application is required to help better evaluate the applicant’s qualifications (employment dates must include month and year). The application will be used to determine salary for the Top Candidate that is selected for this position.
  • Applicants must include on their Employment Application all experience (work and/or volunteer).
  • Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application – Statements such as “See Resume” will not be accepted.

Military/Veteran Preference for Interview Process
An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.

Pay Range

$15.55 – $19.35


Monday – Friday, 5:45am-2:15pm

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks & Recreation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location 2525 S Lakeshore Blvd
Preferred Qualifications
  • Certification – International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as a Certified Arborist/Tree Worker, or the ability to acquire within 90 days of hire.
  • Current Class A or B CDL with a Tank Vehicle N-endorsement.
  • Experience designing, installing and/or repairing irrigation systems.
  • Two (2) or more years’ experience with tree planting including inspecting tree stock and structurally pruning young trees.
  • Experience leading and training a work crew performing tree planting and pruning, irrigation system installation, and/or other forestry activities.
  • Basic computer skills.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Prune trees for public safety, aesthetics, and tree health.
  2. Plant and water trees throughout the City.
  3. Operate power tools and/or heavy equipment, i.e., brush truck, water truck, winch truck, back hoe, bobcat, etc. to remove/maintain trees, stumps, branches, and debris.
  4. Operate aquatic weed harvester to clear away weeds, shrubs, etc. from lakes.
  5. Operate vehicles used in tree forestation and maintenance.
  6. Inspect trees for disease or pests and treat accordingly.
  7. Clean and maintain tools and equipment.
  8. Operate two-way radio.
  9. Answer citizen questions and provide assistance.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and technical support to others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedures.
Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in using computers and related software applications.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Ability to train others. 

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The minimum qualifications for this position are a High School Diploma or GED, plus two (2) years of forestry related experience. Do you meet the minimum qualifications for this position?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Position will require you to obtain an appropriate Commercial Driver License (CDL) within 90 days of employment with the City. Please select from the following:
    • Have a current CDL
    • Able to obtain CDL within 90 days of hire
    • Will NOT be able to obtain CDL within 90 days of hire
  3. * Are you currently an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Describe your experience designing, repairing and/or trouble shooting irrigations systems. Please include the number of years.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How many years' of experience do you have with tree planting, including inspecting tree stock and structurally pruning young trees?
    • 0 - 1 years
    • 1 - 2 years
    • 2 or more years
  6. * Do you have experience leading a work crew that performs tree planting and pruning, irrigation system installation, and/or other forestry activities?
    • Extensive
    • Experience
    • No
  7. * Select the skill level that best describes your computer proficiency.
    • Basic: Create simple documents and retrieve my emails
    • Intermediate: Create/edit documents and spreadsheets to retrieve, edit and reformat document features such as color, font style and size of text, change page size/width, & filter/sort data fields
    • Advanced: Create/edit complex documents & spreadsheets; integrate features such as tables, charts, mathematic formulas, hyperlinks, graphics; import data from one document to another, etc.
    • No computer skills
  8. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume