Tree Specialist 1

California, United States
22 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
21 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Welcome to Land, Buildings & Real Estate

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

The Mission of the Stanford University Grounds Services Department is to provide a beautiful and safe outdoor experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

We pride ourselves in being the in-house service of choice since the University began. We provide a stewardship role in the proper care of all outdoor facilities. We are prompt, efficient, and professional in appearance and duties. We "tailor make" our services and are immediately responsive to our diverse clientele.

Job Title: Tree Specialist 1
Department: Grounds
Job Code: 8090
Range: A20
Exemption: Non- Exempt, Bargaining Union 
Location: 321 Bonair Siding

This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

What you will do in this role:

You will be responsible for (but not limited to):

  • Under the direction of a lead or supervisor or the oversight of a Tree Specialist II, you will perform a variety of duties related to maintenance and care of trees; some duties are performed in a training capacity. 
  • As a Tree Specialist you will receive detailed instructions for each job, and will be directed to do work during progress, and will be trained in the skills, knowledge and safety procedures required for higher-level work.
  • You will remove parts of trees or assist in the removal of whole trees.
  • You will prune and perform other operations as directed to maintain good physical appearance and healthy conditions of trees for continued growth. 
  • May spray or power wash trees. Under direction, set up and use high-work safety equipment, such as rope and saddle apparatus. 
  • Follow safety procedures as specified for all equipment. 
  • Adhere to safety rules.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this role you must bring:

  • High School diploma or GED and one years’ experience in the Arboriculture trade, grounds work, grounds keeping tree equipment operation, and/or related work, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Practical knowledge of growth requirements of plants and trees in general and/or practical knowledge of grounds equipment.
  • Basic tree identification knowledge.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills (both verbal and written). Ability to understand and follow job-related instructions given in English, either verbally or in writing.
  • Basic computer systems knowledge for work order and time entry.
  • Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools and equipment, as directed: including but not limited to power chain saws, stump grinders, chippers, pruners, tractors, farm implements, boom lift trucks.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

Additional Information:

Physical Requirements*:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class C Driver’s License.
  • Prefer Class A Commercial Driver License.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class C Driver’s License. 
  • Ability to climb and work as high as 120 feet. 
  • Constantly stand/walk, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), twist/bend/stoop/squat, each/work above shoulders, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 lbs. 
  • Frequently use a telephone, perform work which requires light/fine/forceful grasping, operate hand/or foot controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 20-40lbs unassisted and up to 100 pounds with assistance. 
  • Occasionally perform seated work, desk-based computer tasks, write by hand, kneel/crawl, shovel/rake/sweep/chop, and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh greater than 40lbs unassisted and up to 100 pounds with assistance. 
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts.

Working Conditions

  • Required to wear appropriate issued uniform. 
  • May be required to work overtime, evenings, and weekends, including holidays, sometimes in inclement weather conditions. 
  • Required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 
  • May be exposed to poison oak, pollen, dust and/or other allergens, and/or insects including ticks.

Work Standards

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. 
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement at policiespolicies/labor-relationscollective-bargaining.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 8090
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A20
  • Requisition ID: 87522