The Arborist Grounds Support takes direction from the Arborist in maintaining trees in outdoor areas on the UK Campus: Demonstrates keen awareness of any tree safety concerns, including tree health, structural stability, falling timber, lighting Acts as ground support on the job site during tree pruning and removal operations; Sets up and maintains safety perimeters around tree work zones; Sets up and oversees rigging equipment, ropes, and other gear; Applies use of equipment, materials, manpower, and time to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations; Maintains a safe and controlled work-site environment at all times and participates in all work-site safety briefings; Trims and prunes trees for various safety and aesthetics purposes; Participates in emergency response after a disaster; Provides assistance in the safe and correct removal of trees in times of natural catastrophe; Lifts heavy tree branches; Hauls brush and wood from the tree to the truck or chipper; Utilizes various hand and power tools; Ensures safe operation of chainsaws, chippers, and other tools required on the job; Inspects ropes, tools, equipment, machinery, and other gear daily; Provides assistance to the tree climber or arborist; Actively listens to instructions; Communicates any issues clearly and immediately; and Clears brush and debris, and cleans dedicated work zones.
In addition, this position demonstrates a disciplined safety focus in the performance of all job tasks; Participates in training related to the care and health maintenance of the Campus Urban Forest and related safety compliance; Delivers work in-process and upon completion in accordance with instructions, established practices and standards, and overall acceptability of work; Maintains working areas in a safe and orderly manner and continuously free of trash and debris; Performs Plant Health Care (PHC), including fertilizing; pest/disease treatments; growth regulator applications; and use of compressed air to correct/improve soil conditions; Participates in the preparation for winter weather events as necessary, including continuous snow and ice control/removal, clean-up efforts, and the cleaning and storage of equipment and supplies; May operate, as assigned, light to heavy snow/ice removal equipment, including salt spreaders, snow shovels, snow blowers, snow plows or brushes, trucks and tractors with attached snow removal equipment, etc.; Ensures safe operating standards are upheld and uses appropriate Personal Protective Equipment as required; Models and promotes excellent customer service for internal and external customers; and Communicates customer concerns to Arboriculture Administrator to warrant appropriate response.
MS Windows/Office; and KRONOS; Driver's License — Preferred; considerable knowledge and experience in the tree industry, arboriculture, or related field supporting vegetation management — Highly Preferred.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
High School + 4 years in the tree industry or related field supporting vegetation management.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
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Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.