Environmental and General Services Department

Recruitment #1904-3051-001


The City of Tucson's Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) has a career opportunity for a dedicated, dependable and highly skilled Trade Specialist. Job assignments will include but are not limited to trimming/removal of trees, shrubs, removal of illegal dumping items, abatements, homeless camp clean up, repairing irrigation, painting, and maintaining City building grounds.


General Description

Installs, maintains, and repairs equipment at City facilities, including playground equipment, chlorination systems, and plumbing and irrigation systems. Transplants, prunes, and shapes trees and shrubs.

Essential Functions

***This position will require directing inmates and the successful candidate must be able to obtain and maintain an approved background check from the Arizona Department of Corrections.***

  • Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.
  • Removes dead, broken, and diseased branches and fronds, branches overhanging power or phone lines, branches obscuring or interfering with traffic visibility or flow, and branches constituting potential or actual hazards to life or property.
  • Removes, treats and patches diseased areas on trees to prevent further deterioration.
  • Transplants large trees using cranes and backhoes, protects and supports trees for handling and transportation on flat bed trailer truck, boxes or balls trees for storage or transportation.
  • Prunes and shapes trees and shrubs to enhance beauty and growth.
  • Removes and disposes of dead, storm damaged, or undesirable trees and shrubs.
  • Sprays and dusts pesticides on shrubs and trees to control pests and disease, installs cables and supports to assure proper tree growth and shape.
  • Prepares activity reports and maintains inventory of tools and equipment.
  • Utilizes a variety of hand and power tools such as shovels, rakes, sledge hammers, wrenches, hand power saws, shears and loppers, trimming knives, axes and picks.
  • Installs, diagnoses and repairs irrigation systems and equipment.
  • Operates pickup and dump trucks, backhoes, hydraulic lift truck, flatbed trailer truck, power chippers and similar equipment.
  • Installs equipment and materials for facilities and surrounding areas by planning, laying out, assembling and installing new equipment, concrete tables, benches and irrigation equipment.
  • Digs trenches and excavations, pours concrete, blue stakes designated areas, stripes parking lots and paints.
  • Maintains and repairs facilities and surrounding areas by performing inspections, taking samples, troubleshooting problems, repairing broken equipment or fixtures, maintaining grounds, caring for tools, picking up litter and removing graffiti.
  • Trains personnel on safety regulations and the use of tools and equipment, maintains work activity logs, reports and forms, loads and transports materials and equipment, cleans work areas, responds to emergencies, cleans storm damaged areas and performs safety checks on equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in pruning, trimming, transplanting, and treating trees and shrubs, or installing and maintaining irrigation systems, or maintaining and repairing facilities and equipment, or maintaining pools and aquatics equipment.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Valid and Unrestricted CDL - Class B  required for Aquatics Maintenance Specialists, Construction Maintenance Specialists, and Tree Stewards based on weight of vehicle and/or the transportation of HazMat.


***Pursuant to A.D. 6.01-8, current City of Tucson employees who are eligible to apply for this position may apply if they meet all of the position requirements except for a CDL or applicable endorsements. A current City of Tucson employee who does not have the required license may be conditionally selected and provided written instructions that they must obtain the required license and endorsement within 60 calendar days of the conditional selection in order to be eligible for the actual promotion.  Failure to obtain the required license and endorsement within this time frame will result in the removal of the conditional selection offer.***

***All NON-City of Tucson employees Applicants must possess the CDL permit OR CDL license at the time the application is submitted. ***

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current Arizona Pesticide Applicator License


Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an oral board interview.

Oral Board interviews will take place on: June 5, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List.  An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating will be training and experience
  • 90% of your rating will be oral board interview

***All NON-City of Tucson employee applicants must possess the CDL permit OR CDL license at the time the application is submitted. ***

***Current City of Tucson employees must obtain the required license within 60 calendar days of the conditional selection in order to be eligible for the actual promotion. Failure to obtain the required license within this time frame will result in the removal of the conditional selection offer***

The list may be used by any City department with an approved vacancy to fill in the next 6 months.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must hand deliver your documentation to the oral board. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Brianna Aguilar @ 520-837-3776 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

75 LB Lift Test

Unless Aquatic Maintenance Specialist, Construction Maintenance Specialist, or Tree Steward, then:

CDL Physical

NIDA Drug Test

If Aquatics then, also:

Respirator Physical


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.