Overview

Job Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP’s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire a Climber and Pruner within the Source Water Operations Directorate, for a position located in Carmel, New York. Under supervision, of the Supervisor (Watershed Maintenance) II, the Climber and Pruners will use computerized, electronic, and mechanical equipment, to perform duties related to the operation, maintenance, repair and inspection of dams, aqueducts, facilities, vehicles, equipment, roads, bridges, land, and related systems of the City of New York in accordance with Department Rules and Regulations. Specifically, this position will be focused on all types of work required for the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees and large shrubs, by climbing, pruning, cutting, and felling, along DEP’s roads, property borders, aqueducts, boat launches, dams, and operating facilities. Specific duties include:

  • Operating manual and power driven equipment, operating cars and trucks, and operating other motorized equipment incidental to the performance of duties.
  • Operating chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, shredding and chipping equipment.
  • Climbing, pruning, bracing, cutting, and felling trees and large shrubs.
  • Cleaning, sharpening, lubricating tools, and equipment, and inspecting trees for existence of disease or pests.
  • Cutting away dead and excess branches from trees, clearing branches and brush.
  • Performing tasks related to general forestry work.
  • Maintaining and keeping clean marginal areas around reservoirs, facilities, and locations throughout the Watershed.

License Requirements

  • All candidates must have a Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Within one year of appointment, employee must possess a Class B Commercial Driver License valid in the State of New York. The Class B Commercial Driver License must be maintained for the duration of this employment.
  • Within one year of appointment, employee must possess a NYSDEC Pesticide Applicator Certification. The certification must be maintained for the duration of this employment.

(This is a brief description of what a Watershed Maintainer might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position)

Some of the physical activities performed by Climber and Pruners and environmental conditions experienced are: climbing in and out of an aerial lift device (bucket truck), climbing up in a tree using rope and harness or bucket, operating a chainsaw, operating heavy motorized equipment such as bucket truck, chipper, loader, and stump grinder, lifting and moving heavy objects, standing for extended periods of time, and working outdoors in a restricted space in an urban environment in all kinds of weather, including severe weather conditions.

Special Working Conditions: Climber and Pruners may be required to work various shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Preferred Skills:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to navigate CityTime, a timekeeping application
  • Good working knowledge of safe climbing techniques and use of hand and power tools
  • Ability to correctly use various powered equipment
  • Ability to work orderly and safe
  • Ability to work efficiently
  • Ability to complete assignments with a minimum of direct supervision
  • Ability to cooperate and follow orders
  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management Skills

Residency Requirement:

New York City residency is not required for this position.

Hours and Shift:

40 Hours per week. May be required to work shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Work Location:

1286 Route 6

Carmel, NY 10512

Carmel is a town in Putnam County, New York approximately 60 miles north of New York City

Minimum Qualifications

Six months of satisfactory, full-time experience as a climber and pruner or arborist performing all types of tree work required for the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees and large shrubs including climbing, pruning, bracing, cutting and felling trees and large shrubs and operating manual, power driven and motorized equipment required for the performance of these duties.
Experience as a ground person is not acceptable towards meeting this requirement.

Driver License Requirement: At the time of appointment, eligibles must possess a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York, and a Class B Commercial Driver License valid in the State of New York within one year of being appointed to this position. Serious moving violations, license suspension or accident record may disqualify you. This Class B Commercial Driver License must be maintained for the duration of your employment. Such license must not include any restrictions which would preclude the performance of Climber and Pruner work.

55a Program

This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.
Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position
Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

Minimum Qualifications

Six months of satisfactory, full-time experience as a climber and pruner or arborist performing all types of tree work required for the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees and large shrubs including climbing, pruning, bracing, cutting and felling trees and large shrubs and operating manual, power driven and motorized equipment required for the performance of these duties.
Experience as a ground person is not acceptable towards meeting this requirement.

Driver License Requirement: At the time of appointment, eligibles must possess a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York, and a Class B Commercial Driver License valid in the State of New York within one year of being appointed to this position. Serious moving violations, license suspension or accident record may disqualify you. This Class B Commercial Driver License must be maintained for the duration of your employment. Such license must not include any restrictions which would preclude the performance of Climber and Pruner work.

55a Program

This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.
Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position
Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

Job ID
629073

Title code
81303

Civil service title
CLIMBER & PRUNER

Title classification
Competitive-1

Business title
Climber and Pruner

Posted until
2024-05-17

  • Experience level: Entry-Level

Number of positions
1

Work location
54 Croton Falls Road

  • Category: Building Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,981.00 – $70,128.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Union benefits

Experience level:

  • Under 1 year

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: In person