Forestry Field Worker - #9820400

City of Fort Collins

Date: 1 week ago
City: Fort Collins, CO
Salary: $17.5 - $19 per hour
Contract type: Full time
POSITION TITLE: Forestry Field Worker (Hourly)
REQUISITION #: req7543
HOURLY RATE: $17.50 - 19.00 per hour (based on relevant experience)
SELECTION PROCESS: This position has consistent openings, and we are accepting applications on an ongoing basis.

The City of Fort Collins is a bias-conscious employer. We ask that you please avoid the use of photos when submitting a resume and/or an application for employment. You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check, Motor Vehicle Report, and drug test required within four calendar days (96 hours) of offer

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

The City of Fort Collins is known for its majestic trees, and the Forestry Division has been the recipient of the Tree City USA award for over 40 years. The Forestry staff prides itself in its commitment to maintaining our urban forest which consists of more than 54,000 City property trees. The Forestry Division is currently seeking tree-motivated Hourly Forestry Field Workers to join the team for the season which begins as early as March and ends as late as November. Come spend a day with the trees and get paid for it!

Hourly employees are highly valued team members that the Parks Department and the City of Fort Collins recognize by providing the following perks:
  • Potential for paid personal leave and paid holidays.
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal and financial assistance.
  • Wellness program, workout facilities.
  • Personal and professional learning opportunities plus potential for career mobility.
  • Collaborative work environment.
  • Gift card drawings for participating in Safety and Wellness programs.
  • Discounted Golf Green Fees. $3.00 per player/nine holes (non-primetime only).
  • Discounted Passes to City Recreation facilities (including initial 5 visits free).
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided such as gloves, hard hats, safety glasses, boots, ear protection, etc.
  • Safety boots and Parks Division logo work attire provided.
  • Mentoring by world-class, knowledgeable, and experienced Park professionals.
  • Training opportunities to expand educational background.
  • $100.00 gift card for referring a newly hired employee through the Employee Referral program.

Essential Duties:
  • Water newly planted trees on City property
  • Assist field crews in tree planting.
  • Update City Forestry Inventory.
  • Assess tree health and percent mortality.
  • Conduct other related work as necessary.
  • Work successfully in a team environment, as well as autonomously, in all weather conditions.
  • Interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Engage with team members in a considerate and helpful manner and project a positive attitude in the workplace.
  • May assist with park, cemetery, horticulture, and golf maintenance when required.
  • All other duties as assigned

City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:
  • Unrestricted, valid driver’s license.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Successfully pass a drug screening test, Motor Vehicle Record and background check.
Physical, mental, and cognitive abilities sufficient to perform the essential duties outlined above with or without reasonable accommodation, including:
-Ability to read, write and communicate well with others
-Physical ability and stamina to perform duties including bending, lifting, digging, pushing and kneeling
-Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds regularly; up to 50 pounds maximum
Proper safety measures for lifting/moving any item are expected to be followed; including, but not limited to, the use of proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), use of lifting/moving equipment, and/or assistance from co-workers.

Work Schedule/Conditions:
  • Position is a non-benefitted seasonal/temporary hourly position.
  • Potential for flexible work schedules to allow for work-life-school balance.
  • Full-time availability is preferred, but schedules can vary from part-time to full-time and may include over-time, weekends, and holidays.
  • Potential for overtime pay and accrued sick/personal leave based on qualified hours worked.
  • Work occurs outdoors in a variety of weather conditions under the supervision of a crew leader.
  • Safety gear is provided and required including, but is not limited to, safety-toed boots, safety glasses and ear protection.
  • May use chemicals including cleaning supplies and herbicides.
  • Attendance at weekly staff meetings, trainings, and safety meetings is required.
  • City of Fort Collins works together with staff to prevent the spread of germs (COVID, etc.) to maintain a clean, safe environment.
The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body. The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation (including perceived sexual orientation), gender identity and expression, disability, age 40 years or older, pregnancy or related condition, genetic information, and, in certain specific circumstances, marriage to a coworker or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law


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