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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  This is a skilled position involving the responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of complex equipment used in the removal, pruning and care of trees.  Employees in this class are responsible for maintenance of their equipment.  Work is performed under general supervision of the Crew Chief with leeway permitted in planning the details for each work assignment. Supervision is exercised over the work of laborers and helpers.  This position differs from Tree Maintenance Equipment Operator in the higher level of experience and independent judgment required. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES          (Illustrative only)

  • Operates an articulating‑boom aerial device (bucket truck);
  • Operates chain saws, hydraulic tools, and pruning shears;
  • Operates a wood chipper in the chipping of brush and tree limbs;
  • Performs daily inspections of equipment and performs minor repairs and maintenance work on tree removal equipment (chipper, chain saws, aerial boom, etc.);
  • Climbs trees with the use of spurs and ropes, in order to trim, prune and top out trees;
  • Maintains records of time, materials, equipment and work performed;
  • May supervise a small group of laborers in connection with specific projects;
  • Participates in ice control and snow removal activities;
  • Participates in other routine public works activities as needed;
  • May be required to operate spraying device for tree/brush control;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS  Good knowledge of the practices, tools, equipment and safety precautions used in topping, pruning and the removal of trees; ability to plan and supervise the work of others; ability to understand and follow oral and written directions; ability to get along well with others; ability to maintain simple records; dependability; willingness to respond to emergencies.


Six (6) years of experience in tree work including the use of spurs and ropes in the climbing of trees, with one (1) year of experience in the operation of an articulating‑boom aerial device (bucket truck).


  1. Possession of a valid Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL) (with endorsement if required) at the time of appointment and throughout the term of employment in this position.
  2. Eligibility to obtain the required New York State Department of Conservation sprayers license after appointment.


12/04; 1/07

Non-Competitive Class

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Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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