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The Townsend Corporation Trimmer D/4th Class in Tell City, Indiana

Under supervision, a Trimmer D/4th Class maintains trees for public safety. This position provides tree trimming for assigned jobs by pruning, cutting, removing, and caring for trees. A Trimmer D/4th Class may be exposed to hazards of working near traffic, falling limbs, and power lines making attention to detail and safety guidelines critical. A Trimmer D/4th Class is an entry-level class in the Tree Trimmer series. This position receives on-the-job training, specific day-to-day directions, and is closely supervised.

Essential Functions:

  • Properly maintains tools and equipment used to work around energized power lines

  • Performs ground operations and equipment usage

  • Performs precision tree felling and safe operation of chain saws

  • Performs tree-climbing operations

  • Performs tree pruning and tree removal functions

  • Performs brush chipping and stump grinding

  • Uses climbing hooks, belts, ropes and climb ladders to gain access and move safely in trees

  • Operates and maintains tree-trimming equipment including trucks, aerial lift trucks, chain saws, pole pruners, root pruners, stump grinders, and brush chippers

  • Performs traffic control to ensure the safety of cars, pedestrians and tree crew in traffic areas

  • Cables, braces, ties, bolts, stakes and guys trees and branches to provide support

  • Cleans, sharpens and lubricate tools and equipment

  • Clears sites, streets, and grounds of woody and herbaceous materials, such as tree stumps, fallen trees, and limbs

  • Collects debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes or other tools

  • Cuts away dead and excess branches from trees or clears branches around power lines, using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms and chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears and clippers

  • Loads debris and refuse onto trucks and hauls it away for disposal

  • Operates shredding and chipping equipment and feeds limbs and brush into the machines

  • Trims jagged stumps using saws or pruning shears

  • Trims, tops and reshapes trees to achieve attractive shapes or to remove low-hanging branches

  • Hoists tools and equipment to tree trimmers and lowers branches with ropes or block and tackle

Secondary Duties:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions

  • Demonstrates an ability to learn lowering techniques, saw maintenance and devices as related to tree work in the field

  • Must be semi-skilled in mechanics

  • Must be able to complete a proficiency test consisting of climbing a ladder; knot tying; chain saw maintenance; the safe and proper handling and operation of chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders

  • Must demonstrate appropriate tree groundwork abilities using a variety of equipment including but not limited to ropes, pole pruners, etc.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Possession of valid Driver’s License

  • Must have an acceptable driving record

  • May be required to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination to obtain the appropriate Commercial Driver’s License

  • Must be able to meet all physical requirements of the position

  • Pass all drug and alcohol screens as required by Company policy and, if applicable, required by DOT regulations

  • Be at least 18 years of age, or 21 if CDL is required

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Experience with a tree care/maintenance program preferred, including but not limited to: operations of stump grinder, chipper, chipper truck, bucket truck, and other tree-related equipment

ID: 2020-1251

External Company Name: The Townsend Corporation

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Post End Date: 6/6/2020