BID/JOB ANNOUNCEMENT TREE TRIMMER

JOB TITLE:   TREE TRIMMER

DEPARTMENT:  STREETS & SANITATION

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA LOCAL 1001 (BARGAINING UNIT 54).   Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.  

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS  

(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT.  YOU MUST USE THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED “PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.”

(NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO GET YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER). 

FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION. 

Number of Positions: 9

The City of Chicago has partnered with the County, Municipal Employees’, Supervisors, and Foremen’s Union Local 1001 to establish a three (3) year in-house trainee program, equivalent to 6,240 hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT). Class is a multi – rate title; rate of pay to individual positions is dependent on the number of hours completed. 

Under immediate supervision, performs tree maintenance activities including tree trimming and tree removal, and performs tree related duties as required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Prepares tree for limb removal or complete take-down by placing safety cones; rigging ropes, pulleys, block and tackle to secure and control limbs before cutting and removal
  • Inspects and operates per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements an aerial lift bucket and is lifted to remove selected tree limbs and trunks with chainsaws or pruners
  • Cuts tree trunks on the ground with gasoline or electric power saws
  • Operates a wood chipper to dispose of tree limbs and branches
  • Assists in loading severed tree trunks onto trucks for removal
  • Inspects tree for decay, disease, and insects
  • Operates equipment for insect and disease management on trees and shrubs
  • Prepares trees for planting, plants trees, and performs follow-up inspections for tree condition
  • Maintains and repairs a variety of equipment used in the planting, trimming, and removal of trees
  • Ensures the availability of adequate supplies and equipment on trucks to complete assigned work
  • Cleans worksite and performs ground level clean-up to clear tree debris

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

  Location:  Varies  Hours:  Varies

THIS POSITION IS IN THE CAREER SERVICE.

Willingness and ability to perform the duties of the job

Physical Requirement

  • Must meet current aerial bucket lift weight restrictions to comply with OSHA and City of Chicago safety standards
  • Extremely heavy lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling (up to 100 lbs.) is required
  • Ability to walk and stand for extended or continuous periods of time
  • Ability to quickly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with one’s body, arms, and/or legs
  • Ability to climb ladders and/or stairs
  • Ability to operate applicable hand tools, power tools, and equipment
  • Ability to tolerate heights (up to 100 feet) while working
  • Ability to climb in/out of aerial lift bucket
  • Ability to lift and hold various equipment (up to approximately 16 pounds) extended away from the body while working for extended periods of time

Working Conditions

  • Exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Exposure to loud noise, fumes or dust, oily or wet environment
  • Exposure to insects and animals
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions (e.g., heavy machinery, live electrical wires)
  • Work performed in cramped or confined locations
  • Work performed at great heights with the use of safety harness and lanyard

Equipment

  • Aerial lift bucket
  • Hand tools (e.g. hammer, screwdriver, wrench, various chainsaws, pole saw, pruner/power pruner, ropes)
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hat, hearing protection, shoes, glasses, gloves, vest, knee pads, chaps, harness)
  • Safety devices or equipment (e.g., cones, barricades, metal plates, scaffolding, ropes)
  • Powered and manual cleaning equipment (e.g., power washers, leaf blowers, brooms)
  • Communication equipment (e.g., two-way radio, multi-channel communication system)
  • Standard landscape tools and equipment (e.g., shovel, axe, weed cutter, fogger, dolly, rake, weed whip, chain saw, pole saw, pole pruner, hand pruner, pesticide application equipment)  

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

This position is willing and able.  Applicants who successfully apply for the position will be selected in seniority order/lottery order to go through the hiring process which will include physical abilities testing.

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application.  Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement:   All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment & Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago                                                        Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor                                              Soo Choi, Commissioner

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on Tuesday,  March 17, 2020.  No exceptions will be made.


 

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