Climbing Arborist Trainee | San Francisco, CA

  • The Davey Tree Expert Company
  • San Francisco, Colma
  • Jul 30, 2021

Job Description

Requisition Number: 141826  
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 
Travel Expectations: Up to 25% 


The Davey Tree Expert Company - Residential/Commercial Division - San Francisco, CA



Davey Tree is seeking a Climbing Arborist Trainee (Groundman/Groundperson) to join our Residential Tree Care team in our south San Francisco (Colma), CA location. Those with prior experience in Forestry, Landscape or working at height are encouraged to apply.  Trainees will work directly with the territory's trainer and crew leaders to learn all aspects of Arboricultural operations.  After familiarization with ground duties such as job-site setup, chipping, and chainsaw operation, Trainees will learn skills necessary for pruning trees to ANSI A300 guidelines and will progress through Davey's Career Development Program. Trainees will cross train on Plant Health Care maintenance and learn to utilize ropes for ascending and working in trees.  




  • Function as a member of a tree crew while progressively learning new skills
  • Make satisfactory progress in Davey's Career Development Program
  • Operate chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders, and other equipment as needed on job-sites
  • Utilize ropes for work positioning at heights up to 60 feet, while pruning or removing trees
  • Maintain issued personal gear, crew gear, and equipment
  • Learn tree Identification and ANSI A300 Pruning guidelines



  • Passion for hard work and willingness to work outdoors during a variety of weather conditions
  • Desire and willingness to learn about the tree care industry / aboricullture
  • Have a positive attitude and be a team player
  • 21 years of age or older (in order to drive company vehicles)
  • Valid Driver's License (Commercial Driver's License highly valuable)
  • Demonstrated ability to report for work regularly and punctually
  • Experience in relatable fields of work (construction, landscaping) is desirable
  • An ideal candidate will have chain saw use or tree care experience



  • Full time hourly position (compensation based on qualifications and experience)
  • Potential for overtime
  • Performance incentive plan
  • Paid time off and paid holidays

  • Opportunities for advancement

  • All job specific equipment and safety gear provided

  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with a company match

  • Employee-owned company and discounted stock purchase options

  • Group Health Plan

  • Employee referral bonus program

  • Career Development Program supported by Industry Expert Safety Specialists & Skills Trainers

  • Employee Scholarship for AS degree in Environmental Management

  • Scholarship Program for Children of Employees

  • Charitable matching gift program

  • Company paid professional certifications and continuing education

                              *for qualified employees


Additional Information:

Pre-employment Drug Screen, E-verify/Social Security Number Verification and Criminal Background Checks are required.  

The Davey Tree Expert Company and Davey Tree Surgery are Equal Opportunity Employers. Davey is Employee Owned.  Military Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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 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 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 877-411-7601 x6107 or



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