Tree Maintenance Leadworker

Recruitment #18-A71-001


Are you a natural leader with strong journey-level skills in tree maintenance?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Tree Maintenance Leadworker vacancy in the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department. To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply online at as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time. The first review of applications will be completed the week of August 26, 2019.


Under general supervision, performs and directs the day to day activities of the work crew involved in the planting and maintenance of City owned trees; coaches, trains and leads tree crew staff and promotes work practices that build teamwork and a productive work unit; coordinates projects and communicates effectively with city staff and the public; performs other duties as assigned. 

Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on rotational basis and report to work on a callback basis as needed within a designated time frame.  Standby assignment is at the discretion of the Division Head.


The Tree Maintenance Leadworker job class functions at the advanced journey level of performance exercising independent judgment in the performance of duties.  The incumbent acts in a lead capacity performing functional supervision over a tree maintenance work unit in scheduling and assigning tasks, monitoring progress and reviewing results.

This position differs from the Maintenance Worker II classification in that in addition to performing tree related duties, the Leadworker assigns and monitors tasks and is responsible for the final work product of its crew.  This position is further distinguished from the Parks Supervisor position by the latter's overall responsibility for the supervision, administration, and operation of the Tree section.


  • Has excellent leadership skills to guide staff and promote a positive work environment
  • Has a solid understanding of National Arborists Association and American National Standards Institute tree trimming and pruning standards
  • Uses positive coaching techniques to build teamwork and foster a productive work unit
  • Has a "can-do" attitude with excellent customer service skills
  • Takes pride in beautifying City parks, parkways and other public areas
  • Has a strong work ethic and can get the job done with little instruction
  • Is organized, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Is a motivated self-starter, with the ability to make logical, sound decisions
  • Has the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Serves as a "working" leader performing and directing the work of tree crews involved in trimming, planting and general maintenance of City trees; prioritizes activities, schedules and assigns tasks, monitors progress and reviews results.

Trains and instructs tree crews in proper tree care methods and in the use of equipment; ensures use of safe work practices and site safety.

Performs some tasks utilizing an aerial-lift in trimming trees and directs the care and cleaning of equipment used by the work unit; reports tree damage or disease or hazardous trees that may require attention.

Works closely with the Parks Supervisor in monitoring tree maintenance operations and defined section goals; develops and makes recommendations relative to work procedures and demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations and streamline work processes.

Acts in a lead supervisory capacity providing clear and concise direction to crew; coaches, trains, motivates and guides crew to accomplish work in a safe and productive manner; leads by example to promote team building and facilitate a positive and productive work environment.

Assists supervisor in evaluating tree crew; monitors assignments and progress; prepares annual evaluations.

Coordinates activity with other Leadworkers and City staff to facilitate the timely completion of projects; works cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.

Acts as liaison between tree crew and the public; interacts in a professional and courteous manner; represents the City and promotes positive customer relations.

Prepares and maintains accurate records and reports manually and using a computer; creates work orders and job maps on computer; inputs completed work orders; utilizes digital cameras and online forms for record keeping and reporting.

Performs other related work as required or assigned.


License:  Possession of a valid California  Class C driver's license.  Within six months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain and, thereafter, maintain the following licenses:

1) Valid California State Class B license with the allowable auto transmission restriction.

2) According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), drug testing is required.

Certificates:  Within one year of appointment to position, obtain and thereafter maintain, an Arborist certification issued from the International Society of Arboriculture. 


Environment:  works outdoors in seasonal climate and weather conditions on surfaces that may be wet and slippery, where dirt, dust, and odors are frequently encountered.  Required to drive motorized vehicles to various locations. Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; standing, sitting, walking on level and slippery surfaces, pushing, pulling, climbing, jumping, balancing, reaching/stretching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, and stooping in the performance of daily activities; ability to lift/carry/push/pull tools and/or equipment. Use hands repetitively to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools and equipment.  Use power tools and equipment. May wear ear and eye protection and hard-toed shoes.  Hazards:  exposure to heavy dust/dirt, pollen, exhaust/fumes, solvents, oil, hydraulic fluid, vibrations associated with power tools, and noise. 


Combination of education, training and experience equivalent to high school graduation and two years of journey level tree maintenance experience. Lead or supervisory experience, coursework, or training is highly desirable. Computer courses and technical training in arboriculture, grounds maintenance, insect/pest control, botany, etc. is highly desirable.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: