Plant Health Care Technician/Tree Trimmer Trainee - San Diego, CA

  • Davey Resource Group, Inc.
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jan 13, 2021

Job Description

Requisition Number: 89806  
Company Name: The Davey Tree Expert Company 
Service Line: 1RES - Kent-Residential & Commercial Services 
Employment Type: Regular 
Job Type: Full Time 
Education Level Required: High School Diploma / GED 
Work Experience Required: Less than 1 year 
Relocation Available: [[relocation]] 
Travel Expectations: Up to 25% 


The Davey Tree Expert Company is a national leader in the arboriculture and horticulture industries and provides services to residential and commercial clients throughout North America. Davey Tree has an immediate opening for Plant Health Care Technicians/Lawn Care Technician in San Diego, CA



Plant Health Care Technicians (PHC Techs) performs all functions of the Integrated Pest Management Program, including administration, scheduling, inspections, treatments, equipment maintenance, record keeping, and customer relations. Professionalism and customer service is a key element of the position, as well as routing, product mixing and application. Tree and shrub ID, Pathology, and knowledge of turf or tree physiology are valuable but not required.  Experience in related fields of work (pest control, exterminator) or outdoor work experience (landscape or lawn care, weed control), is desirable.




  • Provides fertilization, weed, pest and fungi controls on client properties using tankers, spray pumps and injection tools. 
  • Monitor, diagnose and treat insect, disease, and environmental conditions
  • Evaluate and recommended treatment options
  • Demonstrates the proper pesticide application skills
  • Learn/understand insect & disease life cycles, and plant biology
  • Perform accurate and timely record-keeping


During the off-season or slowed periods, work as a member of a tree crew under the supervision of the Crew Leader/Foreman, while progressively learning new skills

  • Maintain clean and orderly drop zone while running ropes and supplying tools to Trimmer(s) and  Foreman
  • Support Foreman and Trimmer(s) completing tree pruning, removal, cabling & bracing




  • Applicator License or  willingness to obtain  upon hire
  • Four year degree in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Arboriculture, Horticulture or related discipline is a plus, but not required
  • Leadership experience and a desire for career growth will be given a priority
  • Ability to identify local tree species and knowledge of growth rates
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Class B CDL-Air a plus
  • ISA Certified Arborist is a plus
  • Related past experience is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Specific task training provided



  • Full time hourly position (compensation based on qualifications and experience)
  • Generous performance incentive plan
  • Professional Development & growth opportunities
  • Excellent benefits offered
    • Medical, Dental, Vision plans
    • Paid time off vacation, Holiday Pay,  Sick leave
    • 401K retirement plan,  the opportunity to buy Davey stock after 1 year
    • Employee referral bonus program
  • All uniforms and PPE provided
  • Industry related training and special Davey training courses
  • Reimbursement is available for industry related certifications 
  • Management mentoring programs available



REQUIRED:  Pre-employment Drug Screen  / E-verify Social Security Number verification /  Criminal background check 


This is a Full time-benefited hourly position. Compensation based on qualifications and experience. Davey Tree offers competitive wages, excellent benefits and full-time position includes option to buy company stock after one year. Access to industry related training materials and Davey Extension Courses.  The Davey Tree Expert Company and Davey Tree Surgery are Equal Opportunity Employers. Davey is Employee Owned. Military Veterans are encouraged to apply.


The Davey Tree Legacy

Since 1880, our clients have trusted us to care for their most precious natural assets. Our history is rooted in preserving and caring for trees, but our evolution has grown to include whole natural environments. Davey is one of only a handful of companies in the world that can claim this rich, century-plus heritage and a record of continuous growth, even during tough economic times. avey Tree #daveytree, davey tree job, plant health

The Davey Tree Expert Company has U.S. and Canadian operations in more than 47 states and five provinces and provides a variety of tree care, grounds maintenance and consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial, and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey has been employee-owned for 35 years and has more than 8,000 employees who provide Proven Solutions for a Growing World. For more information, visit If you need any assistance at any time please contact us at

877-411-7601 x6107  or



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