Job Description

Tree Climber / Foreman


Large, established multi-generation family-owned Tree Service and Hardscape company seeks a qualified Tree Climber / Forman to join their team.

Summary: Responsible for the direction of crew activities on job site, according to pre-established schedules, standards and procedures to provide a high quality of service.

Primary Duties:

  • Understand and implement job specifications for each site
  • Assign daily tasks to crew members and ensure compliance
  • Safely climb trees using climbing hooks and belts, or climb ladders to access work area
  • On-going training of crews
  • Trim and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes or remove low hanging branches
  • Cable, brace, tie, bolt, stake, and guy trees and branches to provide support
  • Cut away dead and excess branches from trees using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck books, and/or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers
  • Transplant and remove trees and shrubs, and prepare trees for moving
  • Safe operation of shredding and chipping equipment, including the feeding of brush and limbs into machines
  • Safe operation of arbor vehicles and equipment, including but not limited to: boom trucks, loaders, stump chippers, brush chippers, tractors, sprayers, power saws, chainsaws, pole pruners, backpack blowers, and hand tools
  • Inspect trees to determine if they have disease or pest problems

Supervisory Duties:

  • This position supervises an Arbor Crew of 2-5 employees




  • At least 2 years of professional tree work experience

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic tree care principals, pruning techniques, tree ID and disease ID
  • Tree climbing (above 15 feet), cabling, and safety procedures
  • Aerial rescue; safe work practices; proper PPE; hazard recognition; Dig Alert procedures and tree removal techniques; basic knots and rope operation for rigging; emergency tree rescue procedures
  • Excellent internal and external customer service skills, ensuring clients’ needs are met in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion by demonstrating courtesy, efficiency, and professionalism


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