Arborist for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, 7 golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB is proud to provide services, programs and activities that meet the park and recreation needs of diverse communities and ensure race equity, gender inclusion and universal access.  Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 23 million visitors annually, and employs approximately 570 full-time and 1,400 part-time and seasonal employees.
Park it here for an exciting career by joining the #1 urban park system in the United States as recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The MPRB is seeking a dedicated Arborist to perform highly skilled and difficult manual work in the care and maintenance of trees in parks, along boulevards and parkways, and on other city properties throughout the City of Minneapolis.  The Arborist promotes the proper growth of trees and maintains the overall health of the urban forest.

What You'll Do

  • Plant trees in the parks, along parkways and boulevards and on other city properties.

  • Prune and maintain trees in an urban setting according to arboricultural standards.

  • Properly remove and condemn trees ranging in size from several diameter inches to over 50 diameter inches.

  • Comply with OSHA and ANSI safety procedures and regulations to ensure well being of self, fellow crew members and the public.

  • Respond to storm events and safely perform clean-up work by clearing traffic corridors and removing fallen and damaged trees from the public rights of way, houses and vehicles.

  • Safely clean up work site after regular work activity or after storms.

  • Drive and operate various trucks, aerial bucket truck, and other motorized vehicles while performing duties.

  • Inspect trees on both public and private property for pests and structural integrity.

  • Record information using information technology hardware and software that is pertinent to the computerized tree inventory.

  • Courteously respond to the public on a regular basis by answering questions about work being performed and providing information on trees, parking and property line boundaries.

What To Bring

Need to Have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  Associate's or Bachelor's degree preferred from an accredited college or university with a major in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, arboriculture, natural resources, landscape maintenance or related field.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Two years of verifiable experience using a rope and saddle to climb mature sized trees while performing preventative care, formative pruning, and tree removal.

  • An equivalent combination of related experience, education and training that is sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may be considered.

  • Valid driver's license.

Nice to Have:

  • ISA Certified Tree Worker or Certified Arborist (obtained within 6 months of completion of probation)

  • Tree Inspector's License from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (obtained within 6 months of completion of probation)

  • Pesticide Applicator License from Minnesota Department of Agriculture in categories A and E (obtained within 6 months of completion of probation)

  • Line Clearance Certification (obtained within 6 months of completion of probation)

  • First Aid and CPR Certification (obtained within 6 months of completion of probation)

Physical Requirements 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, drive, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, talk, see and perform repetitive motions.  Continuous long hours spent walking, standing, bending, kneeling.

Medium Work:  Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Ability to safely and operate a motor vehicle as incumbents are subject to daily local travel to and from work locations.  Operate aerial lift trucks, brush/log chippers, power saws, hand tools, rope and saddle, rigging equipment, and more.  Work at heights of up to 60-75 feet while operating a chain saw and other tools.

Ability to traverse on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces and to ascend and descend ladders to access work areas.

Work outside year-round in all types of weather.  Frequent exposure to equipment noise, fumes, dust, explosive materials, caustic materials, herbicides and insecticides.

Skills Crucial to Success in This Role: 

  • Contemporary methods and techniques involved in the care and maintenance of trees, especially in the high risk environment of performing arboricultural services.

  • Proper use, care and safety requirements of the tools and equipment used.

  • Aerial rescue techniques, large limb removal, cabling and bracing, fertilizing and integrated pest management.

  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices with a diverse customer base.

  • OSHA and ANSI safety procedures and regulations related to Arborist work.

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt
Union Status:  City Employees Local 363

Additional Information

Job Information Session:  A 30 minute Job Information Session will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 4:00pm in the River Conference Room at MPRB Headquarters.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about the position and to gain a better understanding of the civil service application process.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend in-person, please join us via phone conference at (612) 230-6594.
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Selection Process:
To apply for this full-time civil service position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at  Late applications will be rejected.
What steps the selection process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.

  • We rate your training and experience based on application materials and supplemental questions (30%).

  • We conduct a structured panel interview (oral exam) (70%).

  • We calculate your civil service score based on the above components and place you on the eligible list if all testing components are passed (passing score for each component and as an overall score is 70.00 or above).  Eligible list will expire in six (6) months.

  • We refer the top finalists to the hiring manager for an interview.  Candidates identified as finalists will be asked to demonstrate their ability to cut trees, work at heights, and use of a rope and saddle as part of a final interview.

  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered.

  • We conduct a background check.  Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy at

  • Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, applicants will also need to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination paid for by the MPRB.

Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.

The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.