Tree Crew Worker (#RC0506)
$25.00-$30.38 Hourly / $4,332.66-$5,266.38 Monthly / $51,992.00-$63,196.60 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled work in cutting trees and limbs from County right-of-way and other designated areas and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class is responsible for trimming and removing trees within the County which are causing obstructions or safety hazards.


  • Cuts and removes dead, diseased and unsafe tree limbs and palm fronds; removes and sections large branches, entire trees, stumps and roots; installs supports; makes minor repairs to trees. 
  • Operates a variety of tree trimming equipment including trucks, chippers, chain saws, knuckle booms and loppers; performs routine maintenance and repair of equipment; rides in and operates aerial platform; climbs trees by use of ropes and spurs; cuts and lowers branches. 
  • Disposes of waste materials; feeds limbs and debris into chippers; takes chips and logs to dump. 
  • May erect safety barricades and direct traffic. 
  • May treat trees for diseases.


Experience: Two years as a Maintenance Worker in San Joaquin County service.

Experience: One year of full-time, journey-level tree trimming work with a commercial or governmental tree maintenance organization, which included climbing and working in large trees, and using aerial platforms, chippers, chain saws, and climbing ropes. 

License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License. 

Special Requirement: Incumbents must obtain a California Class B Commercial Driver License with airbrake endorsement within twelve (12) months of appointment. Continued employment is contingent upon maintaining the Class B license with endorsement.


Names and characteristics of trees found in San Joaquin County; tools, materials and equipment used in large scale tree trimming operations; safety practices and hazards of the trade; basic tree diseases and treatment practices; practices used in trimming, lowering, shaping, supporting, thinning, and removing branches, trees and stumps.


Climb large trees using ropes and spurs; follow oral and written directions; operate and maintain chain saws and other tree trimming equipment; perform heavy manual labor; work at considerable heights; work effectively with other employees and the general public.


Mobility – Occasional sitting for long periods, driving, operating heavy equipment, running, climbing stairs, crawling; Frequent standing for long periods, walking, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting; Lifting – Constant lifting of 5 to 30 lbs.; Occasional 70 lbs. Or more; frequent 30 to 70 lbs., lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision – Constant eye/hand coordination; frequent color perception, depth perception, peripheral perception; Occasional reading/close up-work; Dexterity – Frequent holding, reaching, grasping; Occasional writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking – Frequent talking in person; Emotional/Psychological – Frequent public contact and decision making; Concentration – Frequent concentration required; Environmental Conditions – Frequent noises, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold, heat, rain; Special Conditions – May require overtime, weekend or evening work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RC0506; EST: 12/9/1981; REV: 12/9/2020;