Major Duties: - Provides highly skilled labor required to select, cultivate, install, maintain and replace trees, shrubs, and other plantings and flora on campus grounds. - Collaborates with Management of Landscape Services to plan and develop specifications for lawns, trees and shrubs; the cultivation of specified trees, shrubs, vines and other root stock in the nursery; schedule transplanting of stock from the nursery to landscape sites; plan and coordinate other activities required to develop, install and maintain trees and other stock for campus grounds. - Prunes and cares for plantings, including deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs of all types; evaluates plantings to determine which trees and shrubs require rehabilitative care, removal and/or replacement. Maintains plantings, applying nutrients to root zones; applying other fertilizers; watering plantings and applying pesticides, fungicides and other horticultural chemicals and compounds. Transplants trees and other stock from the nursery to designated landscape sites, and moves trees to accommodate construction projects. - Develops irrigation schedules for campus plantings, both on campus and in the nursery. - Directs other grounds crew members who operate those irrigation systems. - Develops spraying schedules for all campus and nursery grounds. - Diagnoses insect and disease problems, selects the appropriate treatment chemical for application to control or the problem. - Schedules preventive spraying during dormant periods for ornamental trees and shrubs, shade trees and evergreens. Identifies weed growth on campus and in nursery stock, applies appropriate weed killers for eradication or control.- Uses light and heavy equipment, including tree spades, bobcat skid loaders, tractors, and man-lift trucks, to prepare sections of campus grounds and nursery beds for planting and/or seeding; to clear detritus and debris from lawns and other areas; to excavate flower and shrub beds and tree wells; to transplant trees from the nursery and/or from one site on campus to another. - May be utilized for snow removal operations, may also assist in hand shoveling snow. Fastens attachments to trucks and tractors with wedge-pin and other hitches; connects hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkages and/or power takeoff shafts to trucks and tractors to provide power to raise, lower and tilt attachments; operates levers and foot pedals to maneuver attachments while driving vehicles. Uses hand and power sprayers to apply pesticides, weed killers, fungicides and other horticultural chemicals and compounds.- Utilizes chain saws, tree saws, and other devices to trim plant materials, and employs tree augers, shovels and other equipment and tools to remove dead or diseased trees and other plantings. Works at heights up to one hundred (100) feet with the use of man-lift devices when trimming trees and plant materials. In addition to using the man-lift truck to trim and prune plantings and trees, also employs a saddle and cable to rappel down trees to reach branches/areas to be trimmed/pruned.- Performs minor service, repair and maintenance work for assigned equipment, vehicles, and work areas. Properly maintains company vehicles associated with position.
Minimum Qualifications: - International Society Arboriculture (ISA) Certification required.- Ability to read and comprehend written instructions and safety regulations governing the performance of job duties, and must possess good mathematical and writing skills for mixing pesticides and other chemicals and maintaining records documenting the use thereof.- Thorough knowledge of the flora found on campus and the growth behavior of, and the pathogens common to those flora is required. - A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the care and maintenance of plants, trees and shrubs native to southwestern lower Michigan is required. - Possession of a valid Michigan commercial driver's license (CDL) with endorsement "B", air brakes, is required. - Possess, or obtain within ninety days of the date of hire, a Michigan Department of Agriculture Commercial Applicator's license, with turf (category 3a), ornamental (category 3b), and right-of-way (category 6) endorsements.- Ability to raise 100 lbs. dead weight to/from a height of 36 inches, pull-start equipment, support his/her body weight while grasping or hanging from branches and limbs of trees. - Ability to climb trees up to 100 feet tall using a saddle and ropes, and must be able to work at heights up to 100 feet above ground level for two hours at a time for the entire length of shift. - Ability to use the ladders to climb up and down to a height of 20 feet.- Ability to ascend to/descend from heights up to 48 inches as often as 50 times per day in order to enter/exit from truck, tractor and backhoe cabs, and must be able to enter and maneuver in restricted spaces in order to enter cabs and operate vehicles and attached equipment. - Ability to ascend to and balance on vehicle wheels 48 inches to 60 inches high and other exterior features in order to access vehicle engines and components in order to perform inspections and operator maintenance and preparation. - Ability to open engine housings and exert 30 lbs. of force or more to pull out batteries for inspection while balancing on wheels or other exterior structures. - Ability to: properly operate the man-lift truck and operate the lift device while riding in the bucket, operate chain saws and to rappel down/climb up trees, descend to, and rise from, ground level as often as 50 times per day in order to access seedlings and other plantings, work from below ground level from a kneeling or prone position, lift 80 lb. blocks up to 400 times a day in the construction of retaining walls and patios.- Possess sufficient visual acuity with or without corrective lenses to inspect vehicles, engines, and equipment and to accurately align vehicles with couplers/hitches on equipment and to accurately align vehicles with couplers/hitches on equipment to be attached to vehicles. - Ability to tolerate exposure to dust, dirt, pollen, grass and grass clippings, prolonged exposure to sunlight, extreme temperatures, exposure to noise levels of 90 decibels, fertilizers, weed killers and other lawn care chemicals, as well as to pesticides, fungicides, fuels, and other toxins.
Internal Number: 352_57027
About Western Michigan University
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.