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    Over the past 18 years, our Tree Crew has planted 40 acres of young trees at 44 sites. In total, more than 5000 trees have been planted. The rejuvenation is especially visible along West Pacific Boulevard near Julius Kahn Park; at the Arguello Gate, where cypress trees planted just a few years ago already rise 30 feet; along Kobbe Boulevard, where wind studies have informed how trees should be placed on the Presidios blustery western edge; and near the World War II Memorial.

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    The Presidio Trust is seeking a Tree Crew Supervisor. The Presidio of San Francisco was once an Army base; its now a new kind of national park. The Presidios richly forested and designed setting is one of the Armys most impressive accomplishments in landscape architecture. No other military installation in the nation has ever undertaken landscape planning on such a grand scale. A soldier standing on the Presidios windy ridgeline during the Civil War years would have written home about sandy dunes and the open prospect to the bay. Beginning in the 1880s, the Army planted a vast eucalyptus, pine, and cypress forest. Thousands of trees were planted along the Presidios ridges and entrance gates. Today, the 300-acres forest is the largest feature that contributes to the Presidios National Historic Landmark District. It also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife and respite from the city for human visitors.
    Our ideal candidate is a strong and fair leader with the skills and passion to help us maintain and care for this treasured historic San Francisco forest. You motivate and inspire your team; and are reliable, responsible, and forward-thinking towards ensuring the Presidio continues to be a model of ecological restoration and sustainable stewardship.
    - Supervise and direct a highly skilled tree crew engaged in the pruning, removal, planting, care and maintenance of trees throughout the Presidio (and outside contractors as needed).
    - Develop work plans and associated documentation for routine maintenance of trees, reforestation projects, and projects utilizing outside contractors.
    - Track and maintain records of daily work accomplishments, attendance, and labor; ensure employee compliance with Trust rules and procedures including safe work practices; evaluate and correct job performance; and participate in assessing and hiring new staff.
    - Prepare yearly training schedule, coordinate, and conduct regular safety training sessions in compliance with ANSI and OSHA requirements.
    - Provide for the routine maintenance and repair of vehicles, equipment and tools including scheduling with agency mechanics and private contractors.
    - Ensure that the necessary tools and supplies are procured and available for use when needed, and monitor use of materials and supplies.
    - Perform tree work tasks as necessary including climbing trees, working from aerial lifts, pruning, rigging, chipping, stump grinding, etc.
    - Respond as appropriate to work requests, questions, comments and concerns from the public, residents, tenants and Presidio staff using the principals of good customer service. Report problems or issues to Forester.
    - Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work jointly and cooperatively in providing the highest quality of customer service.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Little to No Travel Required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
    • Valid California Class B Commercial Driver's License (or higher) upon EOD
    • Valid California Class A Commercial Driver's License w/in 3 months of EOD
    • International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Certification
    • International Society of Arboriculture Tree Worker Certification


    Valid State of California Class B Commercial Drivers License (or higher) at entrance on duty
    Valid State of California Class A License within 3 months of hire
    International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Certification
    International Society of Arboriculture Tree Worker Certification
    Drivers License Investigation & Review
    This position requires a current, valid Drivers License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a drivers license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a drivers license investigation as a New Entrant, and annual drivers license reviews thereafter. An individuals granting of an investigation and resulting reports thereafter is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drivers license investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete the drivers license investigation.


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    - At least 10 years of experience as a tree worker/arborist, including at last three years in a supervisory or leadership role.
    - Knowledge of advanced principles and practices of organizing, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of others; hiring, evaluating and disciplining subordinate employees; operating and maintaining tools, equipment, methods, practices, materials and processes used in the maintenance and removal of trees; principles and practices of ISA pruning standards; applicable laws, regulations and tree operation standards (ANSI/OSHA); functions, qualities and characteristics of common trees found at the Presidio; tree hazard assessment knowledge and experience; purposes and uses of a variety of equipment and power tools; principles and practices of mathematics and routine record keeping and report writing; principles and practices of work safety; and principles and practices of good customer service.
    - Ability to act as a tree crew supervisor to direct, perform, and evaluate advanced journey level tree work requiring considerable physical effort and manual dexterity; read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; use a computer for communicating and entering and receiving data; speak effectively before groups of customers and employees; calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form; identify and describe needs for personnel, material and other resources required for meeting established operating objectives and standards of the Department.
    - Valid State of California Class B Commercial Drivers License (or higher) at entrance on duty
    - Valid State of California Class A License within 3 months of hire
    - International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Certification
    - International Society of Arboriculture Tree Worker Certification
    - Frequently required to work at heights of 100 feet or more; to climb trees using hands, arms and legs; and to use considerable physical effort, manual dexterity and balance. Frequently required to walk on uneven ground, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Must regularly lift and move up to 25 pounds, and frequently lift and move up to 50 pounds.
    - Regularly exposed to machinery including moving mechanical parts and vibration. Work is primarily outdoors and the employee is regularly exposed to hot, cold, wet, dry, dirty, dusty and windy conditions; high precarious places; and uneven footing. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Frequently encounter potentially irritating and harmful plants/animals/insects including poison oak, black berry vines, paper wasps/bees, etc.
    - Must respond to tree related emergency calls occasionally after hours and/or on weekends.
    - Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio Trust.
    - Optimistic, flexible, and positive attitude with a demonstrated deep commitment to the highest level of customer service.
    - Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, strong work ethic, and a strong customer service orientation to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups.
    - Ability to think strategically, attend to detail, and work well under pressure.



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    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Presidio Trust Employment Application (download from https://www.presidio.gov/presidio-trust/jobs-internal/Shared%20Documents/Employment%20Application.pdf)

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Trust provides the following benefits to eligible employees, and more:
    Alternative Work Schedules
    Bereavement Leave
    Dental Insurance
    Federal Employees Retirement System
    Flexible Spending Plan
    Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan
    Federal Holidays
    Life Insurance
    Long-Term Disability
    Military Leave
    Personal Leave
    Federal Thrift Savings Plan
    Short-Term Disability
    Sick Leave
    Vacation (annual leave) Benefits
    Vision Care Insurance


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    The Presidio Trust is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive benefits package. To apply call (415) 561-5300 (Monday-Friday, 8 am 5 pm) to request an application package, OR download the application from our website, www.presidio.gov, and mail the application to Employee Support Services, Presidio Trust, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052.

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    Employee Support Services


    Presidio Trust
    103 Montgomery Street
    San Francisco, California 94129
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    Next steps

    Applications received by April 8, 2019 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold structured interviews the week of April 22nd, a practical climbing skills evaluation the week of May 6th, make a job offer in May, and set a work start date in June 2019.

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  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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