The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

This posting is Closed

Arborist I

Hiring department Fs-Landscape Srvs
Monthly salary $2,716
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 600AM to 230PM
Posting number 17-10-05-01-5410
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Work schedule may vary. Overtime may be required with little or no advance notice. Job offer contingent upon clearing a background check, receiving an acceptable driver's rating, and passing a strength and agility test (WorkSTEPS). Applications will be reviewed online by the hiring department.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To provide basic tree work to maintain the health and appearance of The University of Texas at Austin campus urban forest.

Essential Functions

Performs tree care duties: Pruning, removing, brush hauling, planting, stump grinding, inspecting, fertilizing, soil work, and mulching. Safely operates specialized arboricultural equipment to include chain saws, tree climbing saddles and ropes, ladders, aerial lift devices, tractors, skid loaders, brush truck, dump trucks, trailers, stump grinders, sprayers, air spade,and other heavy equipment. Controls traffic around work-site, answers questions, and provides information on urban forestry activities. Maintains and cleans all equipment and filters, keeps blades sharp, and reports other maintenance needs to supervisor. Cleans, maintains, and safely operates university vehicles and equipment. Follows and readily accepts oral and written instructions related to tree work, maintains work schedule set by supervisor, and completes routine paperwork, electronic time sheets, and other UT related electronic forms. Wears appropriate personal protective equipment "PPE" for the task, follows safety rules, and maintains safe working conditions.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Ability to pull, push, and lift up to 78 lbs. Adheres to and performs related functions as assigned, and works overtime in support of special events, emergencies, and planned after hours work.

Required qualifications

High school graduation or GED. One year of experience in landscape maintenance work including tree care. Experience with safe work practices and operation of landscape maintenance equipment. Ability to work aloft in trees. Ability to obtain ISA certifications. Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, office staff, and the university community. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, as well as independently. Demonstrated stable work history and work ethic. Punctual attendance and available for emergency work as needed. Ability to pull, push, and lift up to 78 lbs. Current Class "C" Operator's Driver's License required. Prior to date of hire, applicant selected must provide a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) showing a driving history going back 36 months. This includes all states resided in for the past 36 months. MVR will be evaluated to determine eligibility to drive a University-owned vehicle. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

One or more years of experience as an arborist performing tree maintenance work and operating specialized arboricultural equipment. Experience working in a commercial or institutional setting with high pedestrian traffic. Has obtained ISA certifications or other relevant coursework.

Working conditions

Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished) May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around biohazards May work around chemicals May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving May work in confined spaces, be exposed to loud noises, be exposed to dust/allergens, heights, and lift up to 78 lbs. May twist, grasp, push, pull, and bend. Maintain acceptable driver rating as established in Policy: UTS157 Section 2.5.4.

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