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Posted: 10/20/2016

Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University

Arborist, Arboretum
Professional Opportunity
Jamaica Plain, MA
31.94 / Hour


Harvard University

University Administration

Arnold Arboretum

Job Function

Time Status

Monday - Friday

Arnold Arboretum

Salary Grade

04 - Serv Emp Int Loc 615-Arnld Arb

Duties & Responsibilities
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a skilled arboriculture professional, passionate about the care of botanical collections, to fill the role of Arboretum Arborist. The successful candidate will join the Arboretum's Horticulture Department in the stewardship of one of the finest and most significant woody plant collections in North America. The successful individual will work alongside fellow members of the Arborist Team as they rotate through the collections evaluating plant health and assessing and executing the unique pruning needs of each specimen. This team also performs large-scale plant removals, hazard tree assessments and implementation of corrective measures, IPM practices, and other tasks as needed as part of the full horticultural operation. In addition, horticulture staff members support the Arboretum's longstanding internship training programs through development and instruction of courses, hands-on training, and mentorship. The successful candidate is expected to engage fully in the professional activities of the Arboretum and work collaboratively with colleagues on institutional efforts.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's or Associate's Degree in arboriculture, horticulture, or related field. A minimum of three (3) years experience in the field of arboriculture or a related field may be substituted for the educational requirement. Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and a D.O.T. Medical Examiner's Certificate.

Must possess demonstrated skills in:

  • Aerial lift truck
  • Climbing
  • Chain saws
  • Take down large trees
  • Cabling and bracing
  • Pruning
  • Transplanting
  • Irrigation
  • Identification and methods of control of pests and diseases
  • Snow removal
  • Oversees the work of interns, apprentices and term appointments
  • Maintains, repairs and operates various equipment
  • Must be able to perform strenuous manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting heavy loads up to 50 lbs
  • Required to work in all weather conditions in all seasons
  • Demonstrate performance in the safe & proper operation of the Arboretum's equipment
  • Essential staff for weather related emergencies impacting the grounds

Must have or obtain within three months of date of hire, and maintain:

  • A valid Commercial Driver's permit with an Air Brake endorsement
  • A Massachusetts pesticide applicator's license

Must have or obtain within six months of date of hire, and maintain:

  • A valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Air Brake endorsement
  • Certification by the Massachusetts Arborists' Association or International Society of Arboriculture
  • A hoisting license of the proper classification as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Additional Qualifications
In addition may be required to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Living Collections
  • Utilize BGBase and be able to update and maintain plant records
  • Maintain appropriate computerized records for equipment and grounds maintenance; order parts and supplies for grounds and equipment that have been approved by the Manager or Assistant Manager
  • Possess and maintain either a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide License or a Massachusetts Private Pesticide License
  • Possess and maintain a Mauget Certification
  • Assist and facilitate researchers and professionals in their work and research

Additional Information
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. Founded in 1872 and designed by America's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, the 281-acre Arboretum is an historic landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted's landscapes. A unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution, the Arboretum provides and supports world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of woody plants. Along with a horticultural library and herbarium encompassing some 4.8 million dried plant specimens, the Arboretum comprises one of the largest and best documented woody plant collections in the world, with over 14,000 living plants. To learn more about the Arnold Arboretum, please visit: www.arboretum.harvard.edu

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