Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Core Tasks Include:
- Supervise others engaged in tree trimming work and train lower-level employees.
- Operate boom trucks, loaders, stump chippers, brush chippers, tractors, power saws, trucks, sprayers, and other equipment and tools.
- Climb trees, using climbing hooks and belts, or climb ladders to gain access to work areas.
- Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment.
- Cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms, or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers.
- Trim, top, and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes or to remove low-hanging branches.
- Hoist tools and equipment to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle.
- Operate shredding and chipping equipment, and feed limbs and brush into the machines.
- Load debris and refuse onto trucks and haul it away for disposal.
- Inspect trees to determine if they have diseases or pest problems.
- Cable, brace, tie, bolt, stake, and guy trees and branches to provide support.
- Collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes, or other tools.
- Provide information to the public regarding trees, such as advice on tree care.
- Clear sites, streets, and grounds of woody and herbaceous materials, such as tree stumps and fallen trees and limbs.
- Trim jagged stumps, using saws or pruning shears.
Supplemental Tasks Include:
- Prune, cut down, fertilize, and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons.
- Remove broken limbs from wires, using hooked extension poles.
- Transplant and remove trees and shrubs, and prepare trees for moving.
- Spray trees to treat diseased or unhealthy trees, including mixing chemicals and calibrating spray equipment.
- Plan and develop budgets for tree work, and estimate the monetary value of trees.
- Water, root-feed, and fertilize trees.
- Apply tar or other protective substances to cut surfaces or seal surfaces and to protect them from fungi and insects.
- Harvest tanbark by cutting rings and slits in bark and stripping bark from trees, using spuds or axes.
- Scrape decayed matter from cavities in trees and fill holes with cement to promote healing and to prevent further deterioration.
- Split logs or wooden blocks into bolts, pickets, posts, or stakes, using hand tools such as ax wedges, sledgehammers, and mallets.
- Install lightning protection on trees.
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