Climbing Arborist Trainee | Oakland, CA

  • The Davey Tree Expert Company
  • San Ramon, East Bay, Oakland
  • Sep 14, 2021

Job Description

Requisition Number: 151326  
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: None 


Climbing Arborist/Tree Trimmer Trainee (Groundman/Groundperson)

The Davey Tree Expert Company | Residential & Commercial Division  | San Ramon, CA

Davey Residential, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company, is seeking a Climbing Arborist Trainee (Groundman/Groundperson) to join our Residential/Commercial team in San Ramon, CA (East Bay/San Francisco Bay Area).  Those with prior experience in Forestry, Landscape or working at height are encouraged to apply.  Experience in related fields of work (construction, landscaping) or outdoor work experience (lawn care, trail maintenance) is desirable.


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.  Trainees will progress through Davey's Career Development Program as they 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



  • Love of the outdoors - willingness to work outdoors during a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to and willingness to thrive in a physically demanding position  
  • Demonstrated ability to report for work regularly and punctually
  • Willingness to learn to prune trees and shrubs from ground
  • Active and valid Driver's License 
  • Understand the safe use of equipment (handsaw, chippers, chainsaws, etc)
  • Ability to complete the Davey Tree Trimmer Orientation Program upon hire
  • Ability to complete the Davey Tree First Aid, CPR and Defensive Driving courses upon hire  
  • An ideal candidate will have tree care experience or work experience in a related field (landscaping, construction).




  • Full time hourly position (compensation based on qualifications and experience)
  • Potential for overtime
  • Generous performance incentive plan
  • 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, climbing gear and PPE provided
  • Industry related training and special Davey training courses
  • Reimbursement is available for industry related certifications 
  • Management mentoring program available for career minded employees




Pre-employment drug screen and e-verify are required.

This is a full-time, hourly position with opportunity for overtime.  Compensation is based on experience, with incentives for completing training and certifications.  Davey provides all PPE, uniforms, climbing gear, and related equipment.  Davey is Employee Owned and offers benefits including health and 401k.  Davey is an Equal Opportunity Employer.        


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


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