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This is journeyman level work in the pruning and general care of trees and shrubs to improve their appearance, health, and value.

Work involves the performance of skilled tasks in accordance with standard trade practices of tree surgery. Duties are performed independently, subject to inspection in progress or upon completion.


Cuts out dead and undesirable tree limbs and trims trees to enhance their beauty and growth.

Scrapes decayed matter from tree cavities and fills holes with cement to promote healing and prevent further deterioration.

Tops trees to control growth and prevent interference with utility wires.

Fells and removes trees and bushes.

Plants trees and shrubs.

Operates a variety of equipment such as a bucket, chipper, chain saw, truck, and tractor.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school and some experience as a tree surgeon or completion of an apprenticeship in this type work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the proper methods for pruning and felling trees.

Considerable skill in operating the tree bucket for maximum access to trees.

Skill in operating chain saws and other tools.

Skill in the use of safety ropes.

Ability to determine the amount of tree surgery work to be done and the best methods for accomplishing it.



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