This position will make daily decisions for the budgeting, planning and execution of the Tree Management Plan for campus; provide supervision, leadership, coordination of Arborist crews to complete maintenance projects, and training in all areas of the materials, tools, equipment, and Arboricultural methods; determine vendors through MSU bidding procedures, acquiring quotes, inspecting contractor work areas and processing invoice payments; communicate effectively via email/iPad/iPhone; maintaining electronic and paper records on materials and equipment used by Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities employees, faculty conducting research projects, and contractors performing services for MSU; research and recommend the purchase of new or improved tools, equipment, and methods for tree maintenance; conduct equipment and tool safety training to ensure the safety of the staff, customers, and visitors; interview, hire, and train all assigned personnel; participate in the MSU snow removal plan as a snow supervisor or operator to clear snow in an emergency; participate in football barricades and cleanup and other activities as a supervisor or operator in an emergency.
This position will engage in High Performance, leading edge practices, which are Innovative in their approach to increased Stewardship and Service Excellence.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge normally acquired in by completing a four-year college degree program in arboriculture, horticulture or landscape architecture, Urban Forestry, and/or Landscape Horticulture Maintenance with course work in Personnel Management; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience supervising and leading arborist maintenance crews, pesticide application, plant identification; expert work experience with the procedures of operating a chipper, Hi Ranger, sprayer, articulated loader; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience developing and deploying a tree care management plan; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; possession of the ISA Arborist Certification or equivalent; and two years experience commercial snow removal processes; possession of a valid Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicators certification in category Ornamental (3B) and Right of Way (6); possession of a valid Michigan Class B Commercial Driver's License and medical certificate to comply with State of Michigan requirements. Applicant must have a good driving record and submit their operator's license number on their application form for a motor vehicle check. Attainment of Air Brakes endorsement within six months of hire date; Attainment of the International Society of Arboriculture Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (ISA TRAQ) and Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicators certification in category Mosquito (7F) within one year of employment.
5+ years of experience as a foreman or supervisor of a tree crew; expert knowledge of Michigan State University tree maintenance processes and procedures, successful track record of leading tree maintenance crews; 5+ years of experience operating chipper, Hi Ranger, tractors, sprayers and articulated loaders; 5+ years of experience supervising full time staff and seasonal staff, conducting daily work plans, tool and equipment training, and conducting employee reviews; experience with Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, FAMIS, EBS, and Discoverer; Ability to coach and lead employees to be successful, create an environment of teamwork and dedication, and support a culture of high performing customer service; experience and knowledge of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities and/or facilities management structure, processes, and procedures.
A creative and innovative lifelong learner with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population; able to problem solve within a collaborative team environment; ability to understand different perspectives while utilizing expert knowledge of the technical operations of the job.
Required Application Materials
Resume, copy of valid ISA Arborist Certificate, Copy of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicators Certificate 3B, and 6. Copy of Michigan Class B Commercial Drivers License and medical certificate.
Please provide copy of all certificates and licenses required at time of application.
6:00am to 2:30pm Position will require significant overtime to oversee snow and ice removal operations on an on-call, 24-hour weekly rotation basis during emergency weather conditions in order to ensure the continuation
Summary of Physical Demands
ipment, and must carry objects, climb and work around noise and dust.
Bidding eligibility ends on 6/19/2018 at 11:55PM