CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Tree Trimmers and Pruners

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts. 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, and/or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers.
 
Trim, top, and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes or to remove low-hanging branches.
 
Prune, cut down, fertilize, and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons.
 
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.
 
Remove broken limbs from wires, using hooked extension poles.
 
Trim jagged stumps, using saws or pruning shears.
 
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 to 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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Arborist
Brush Clearing Laborer
Climber
Crane Operator
Diagnostician
Grape Pruner
Ground Worker
Groundsman
Line Clearance Foreman
Plant Health Care Technician
Pruner
Tanbark Laborer
Timber Cutter
Tractor Operator
Tree Care Foreman
Tree Climber
Tree Doctor
Tree Expert
Tree Specialist
Tree Surgeon
Tree Trimmer
Tree Trimmer Helper
Trimmer
Vine Pruner
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Landscaping/Gardening
Benchmark Title: Tree Trimmers and Pruners
 
 
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