Trimmer Trainee | Idaho Falls, ID 1

  • The Davey Tree Expert Company
  • Boise, ID, USA
  • May 28, 2021

Job Description


Job Description

Includes: Apprentice Climber, Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator 


Summary: Trim and remove trees to clear right-of-way for communications lines and electric power lines, remove unwanted, diseased or dying limbs on trees, or to affect the health and safety of trees or surrounding areas by performing the following duties.


Duties, Functions and Responsibilities: Includes some or all of the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Prune treetops
  • Repair damaged trees by trimming or removal
  • Remove broken limbs from wires, roofs and other objects
  • Fell trees interfering with power service, or other objects or structures
  • Understand safe and proper methods to climb trees
  • Understand proper pruning and removal methods and procedures for trees and shrubs
  • Climb and perform trimming operations in trees using rope, saddle or spurs
  • Prune and/or remove large trees
  • Control lowering ropes. Supply tools for tree workers aloft
  • Control road and sidewalk traffic as needed by use of warning devices
  • Properly maintain, prepare and operate tools and equipment (hand tools, chainsaws, chippers, aerial lifts)
  • Drive, use, maintain and operate equipment (trucks, aerial lifts, chippers, sprayers, etc.)
  • Perform daily, weekly and monthly maintenance inspections on equipment
  • Install cabling, bracing rod or lightning protection system or lags in trees at various heights
  • Cut, chip and load brush and wood
  • Proper job site cleanup
  • Understand and perform the principles of tree moving and planting operations
  • Understand the mechanics of liquid fertilization of trees and shrubs
  • Understand the maintenance, safety and use of fertilization equipment
  • Recognize all major trees, shrubs and poisonous plants in the geographical area
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs and understand fertilization principles
  • Perform tree transplanting and planting operations
  • Assist other crew members in performing job duties
  • Tie and use the basic tree care knots
  • Use protective equipment as required
  • Perform as acting Foreman, if required
  • Understand and perform first aid, CPR and aerial rescue procedures
  • Understand electrical installations and electrical rules and regulations (Z133.3) if working near transmission wires
  • Understand and apply safe and proper methods to climb trees
  • Comprehend and apply safety requirements
  • Communicate by reading relevant manuals and materials, speaking clearly, distinctively and listening to instructions
  • Follow all company policies, procedures and work rules
  • React appropriately in an emergency situation
  • Perform all duties as required
  • Report timely and accurately to supervisor



  • Customer Service
    • Respond appropriately to requests for service and assistance
    • Meet job duty requirements



  • Oral and Visual Communication
    • Speak clearly and effectively in positive and negative situations
    • Listen and obtain clarification, interpret oral information
    • Use appropriate hand and other visual signals
    • Respond appropriately and accurately to questions
    • Participate constructively in meetings
  • Team Work
    • Balance team and individual responsibilities
    • Gives and listens to feedback
    • Contribute to building a productive team environment
    • Participate in employee training events
  • Written Communication
    • Write clearly and accurately
    • Accurately read and interpret written information
  • Ethics
    • Follow applicable laws and regulations
    • Uphold organizational ethics and policies
  • Safety
    • Observe and follow safety and security procedures
    • Determine and apply appropriate action using guidelines and training
    • Report and correct unsafe or potentially unsafe conditions
    • Use and maintain equipment and materials properly


Education and Qualifications: An individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Driver’s license required. Commercial driver’s license preferred and may be required, depending on job requirements
  • Completion of Tree Trimmer Orientation Program
  • Tree Trimmer A – 5 or more years’ experience or demonstrated competence/education
  • Tree Trimmer B – 2 to 4 years’ experience or demonstrated competence/education
  • Tree Trimmer C – 1 to 2 years’ experience or demonstrated competence/education
  • Tree Trimmer Trainee – No experience


Language Ability: Read and comprehend instructions, correspondence and memos. Write correspondence. Effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations to customers, clients and other employees of the organization. Bi-lingual in Spanish is beneficial.


Math Ability: Perform basic arithmetic computations


Reasoning Ability: Apply understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions. Identify and resolve problems involving multiple variables in varied situations


Computer Skills: Basic computer skills required


Certificates and Licenses:

  • Pesticide license, if required by state law
  • Line clearance certification if working near utility transmission lines
  • Obtain and maintain required licenses and certifications


Supervisory Responsibilities: No supervisory responsibilities except as acting Foreman




Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described are representative of those employees encounter while performing the essential functions of this Job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to:

  • Moving mechanical parts
  • Outdoor weather conditions and environments
    • Extreme cold
    • Extreme heat
    • Wet or humid conditions
  • Work in high, precarious places, including aloft in trees
  • Fumes and airborne particles
  • Risk of electrical shock
  • Uneven terrain and hiking
  • Exposure to a variety of vegetation, animals, insects and other possible impediments to completing job requirements


Demands: The demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Exert up to 100lbs of force occasionally, up to 50lbs of force frequently and up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects.
  • Exert enough force to lift own body weight up a rope into a tree
  • Climb (i.e. trees, ladders) using feet, legs, arms and hands
  • Stand and walk at and around the work site
  • Reach (i.e. extending arms, hands and fingers) and handle (holding and grasping tools, limbs, etc.) and twist
  • See and judge the distance of objects and items
  • Perform in the presence of distractions or work frustrations
  • Obtain and select pertinent information through investigation, observation and questioning, including organize and combine different pieces of information into meaningful order to identify problems
  • Communication is required for moderate (80’) distances while equipment is operating
  • Regular and timely attendance


Accommodations: If requested by employee or otherwise as required by law, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform essential job functions.



We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  As a service provider, our success depends upon our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, regardless of their age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or other protected characteristics as established by federal, state or local law. 


The Davey Tree Surgery Company is a subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company and provides a full range of utility tree care services and is based in Livermore, Calif.  Davey Tree 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 40 years and has more than 10,000 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 1-877-411-7601 or at


Requisition Number:129628 
Company Name: The Davey Tree Surgery Company 
Service Line: 2UTL - Surgery Utility 
Employment Type: Regular 
Job Type: Full Time 
Education Level Required: High School Diploma / GED 
Work Experience Required: Less than 1 year 
Travel Expectations: Up to 25% 



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