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Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Facilities Management at CU Boulder has an opening for an Arborist.  This position assists the Campus Arborist with tree maintenance and care on the Boulder Campus.  This position will also conduct snow removal and other landscape duties.  The incumbent must have at least three years of related education and/or experience in grounds care and landscape maintenance.  We are looking for someone who is dedicated to customer service, has a strong willingness to learn, and exercises reliability and flexibility.  This is a full-time, year-round position with excellent benefits including:
  • paid vacation, sick and holiday leave
  • medical, dental and life insurance
  • retirement plans
  • tuition reimbursement

Who We Are

Facilities Management at the University of Colorado Boulder provides and maintains a physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.  Outdoor Services provides high quality, professional grounds and landscape services to enhance a safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious campus.  The University of Colorado – Boulder is one of the top public academic and research institutions in the United States.  Its architecture and grounds are considered to be among the most attractive and progressive in the world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Tree Maintenance 
  • Maintain trees and large shrubs on campus by functioning as an assistant to the Lead Arborist and to the Arboriculture Manager. Assist with monitoring the condition of trees and large shrubs.
  • Prune and/or remove trees as needed working from the ground, with lift trucks or platform devices, or aloft with rope and saddle. Assist Lead Arborist with in-canopy rigging and tree felling operations. 
  • This position will require real time decision making while climbing, rigging, and felling trees, and it will complete some jobs independently. Must be able to identify tree genera and assess tree condition and health in order to properly prescribe, and correctly execute, pruning and other care. 
  • Conduct groundsman/worksite duties and ensures worksite security and clean up.
  • Position will assist with tree risk assessment and decision making related to the mitigation of hazards and/or storm damage in trees as needed. 
  • Drive/operate dump trucks, lift trucks/platforms, skidsteers and stump grinders. 
  • This position will identify and remove invasive tree species from native areas. 
  • Participate in compiling campus tree inventory by collecting and entering data with GIS equipment. 
  • Position will conduct all tree work according to arboricultural industry best management practices, including all safety standards. 
Clearance Pruning 
  • Conduct sidewalk and clearance and public safety pruning and make independent decisions related to campus safety as well as to landscape aesthetics. 
  • Improve public safety through appropriate pruning near light fixtures. Prune trees and shrubs to improve sight lines for traffic safety and campus signage. 
Plant Material Establishment 
  • This position will make suggestions for new tree plantings, selection of nursery stock, and assist in the planting of trees on campus.  
  • Monitor health and status of recently installed plant materials to maximize establishment.  May supervise students or temporary employees conducting this work.  
  • Remove guying materials as appropriate.  Conduct hand watering for plant materials as appropriate using vehicle mounted tanks or other sources.
Snow Removal 
  • Conduct and monitor snow removal and ice abatement activities to reduce campus liability. Remove snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, curb cuts, paved trails, parking lots and ADA ramps using powered or manual methods in a timely manner. Respond for snow removal as required based on University activities.
Equipment Maintenance
  • Service, inspect and maintain equipment related to tree work including versa-lift, wood chipper, utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, chain saws, and hand tools. Train others in the correct use and care of equipment.
  • Actively contribute to a safe working environment for self, co-workers and the public.  Adheres to all safety guidelines, especially concerning, rope and saddle climbing, harness use, site security, and equipment operation. Must report unsafe conditions or accidents to the lead or supervisor.  This position may call in, or use in the field, utility locates.

What You Should Know

  • Incumbent must either currently hold or have the ability to attain Certified Arborist certification within three years of employment.  Must earn continuing education credits (CEC's) in order to maintain certified status.
  • Must pass DOT Physical as a condition of employment.
  • Hold or have the ability to obtain CDL Class B license within one year of employment in order to drive vehicles in excess of 26,000 GVW.
  • Must maintain a valid DOT physical card at all times.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range Starts at $43,884.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be Flexible. Be Groundbreaking. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • 3 years of experience in groundskeeping or landscape care/maintenance or related field.  Related education can substitute for the experience on a year for year basis. 

What You Will Need

  • The flexibility to work effectively within a crew or independently. 
  • Willingness to learn and utilize CAD/GIS tools and equipment for updating and using tree inventory systems.  
  • A strong commitment to safe practices and habits in the workplace.
  • The willingness and ability to continually acquire and apply arboricultural maintenance skills and knowledge.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A candidate with tree work/arboriculture experience and tree/plant identification is highly desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.
a. Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by January 27, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer