Climber – Trimmer

Website Treesmiths

TITLE:  Climber – Trimmer

STATUS:  Full-time

CLASS:  Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO:  General Foreman

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Trims and/or removes trees by climbing with the aid of a ladder, safety belt, climbing line, powered trimmer lift truck, or works from the ground using gasoline, air, and hand-powered saws, pruner, etc. He/she cuts branches or trunk sections and drops or lowers them to the ground with lines.
  • Uses wedges, sledges, and chain saws in felling trees or trimmed trunks and in cutting and splitting logs into manageable pieces.
  • Sprays stumps and brush with hand-spraying equipment to prevent further growth.
  • Loads and unloads trucks with logs, stumps, brush, and debris and/or feeds brush into a wood chipper.
  • Repairs slight damage to lawns, fences, and walks caused by tree trimming.
  • Services gasoline, air, and hand-powered tools and other equipment.
  • Relays hand-signals, directs traffic, drives, and operates trucks and equipment, as assigned and keeps trucks and work area clear and orderly, as well as helps train new employees.
  • Performs other related work, as assigned by superiors.
  • Safeguards employees and public from hazards in and around work area. Cooperates with customer, police, and fire departments when blocking street or driveways. Sets up barriers, warning signs, flags, markers, etc. to protect employees and public. Trained to perform tree and bucket rescue.
  • Assumes responsibility for the inspection and proper working conditions of tools, truck, and other work equipment. Requests repair or replacement, when necessary. Maintains good housekeeping on truck and at work locations.
  • Works in close proximity to energized power lines.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the industry and requirements to work with or around hazardous equipment, employees must be able to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to wear necessary PPE as per task assigned.
  • Must be able to safely drive an approved company vehicle if required.
  • Must be able to enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day.
  • Must be able to traverse various terrains.
  • Must be able to write, read and comprehend written and verbal job instructions/information.
  • Must be able to communicate with others.
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Must be able to maintain attention during dangerous tasks.
  • Must be able to work with hands above head for extended periods of time.
  • Must have endurance necessary to perform these duties throughout a standard eight or ten hour day.
  • Must be able to work long hours and overtime during emergencies, including holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to work during crew location changes if employee must relocate their work location due to work load.
  • Required to report and/or travel for storm emergencies.
  • Must be able to operate and service all required tools and equipment.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the start-up location.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Essential Physical Functions and Working Conditions

  • Must have the ability to work outside in all weather conditions including sun, rain, wind, snow, hot and cold temperatures etc.
  • Must have the ability to work around and directly with hazardous equipment.
  • Must have the ability to work around excessive noise from machines, chain saws, wood chipper, etc. with hearing protection.
  • Must have the ability to perform physical labor requiring continual and repetitive use of gross motor skills to stand, walk, sit, bend, stoop, crawl, crouch, drag, push, pull, twist, turn, stretch, reach, and continual and repetitive use of fine motor skills and manual dexterity.
  • Must have the ability to lift, carry, push, pull and maneuver objects weighing up to 10 pounds frequently, and occasionally lift, carry, push, pull and maneuver objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • May be exposed to nature i.e., irritating plants and biting or stinging insects, reptiles and dust.
  • May be exposed to dogs and other animals.
  • Must have the ability to maintain balance and work safely on steep slopes and uneven ground.
  • Must have the ability to work at varying heights, can be up to and in excess of 50 feet.
  • Must have the ability to see and hear. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception in order to judge distances. Must also have good hand-to-eye coordination to get and use the appropriate equipment and tools.
  • May be exposed to and have to work around falling limbs.
  • May be exposed to traffic hazards.


This position description describes the general nature and level of work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. This position description is not intended as and does not create a contract of employment between Treesmiths LLC. and any individual employee. Treesmiths LLC. reserves the right to change this position description at any time within its sole discretion.