Applying To: Tree Trimmer (Trainee)

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Department: Forestry


Bi-Weekly Pay Rate $1,274.00

This position is selected for the Hiring Incentive Program. The incentive shall be in the amount of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500.00). The hiring incentive will be paid (if funds are available) by the Department/Division which appoints the applicant.  The hiring incentive is not available to current City employees.  In addition to the hiring incentive, a referral incentive in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00) is to be offered to any existing City of St. Louis employee who refers an individual to the Tree Trimmer or Tree Trimmer (Trainee) class (after completion of a successful working test period six (6) to eleven (11) months).

Position Specifications

Incumbents in this trainee position perform manual labor and operate aerial lift trucks and tree maintenance equipment to remove and maintain trees and shrubs on City property. Duties include performing tree trimming/removal work at varying heights with chain saws and related equipment and operating aerial lift trucks and chippers in the disposal of tree debris.  Candidates must be available for 24-hour snow call, emergency windstorm call and overtime.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Tree Trimmer

Minimum Qualifications

Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing application. Must have the skills and abilities to climb trees and work at varying heights.

License: Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and be able to present it upon request.  Incumbents must possess and maintain a valid Missouri Commercial Driver’s License Permit (Class A or B) while employed by the City of St. Louis. Candidates that do not have a Missouri Commercial Driver’s License Permit (Class A or B) at the time of hire must obtain said license as a condition of successfully completing their working test period. Please note type of license, number, class, expiration date and State where issued on application.

When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience, training and education as shown on the application. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application. When completing the Employment History section of the application, include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment. Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.

MEDICAL: The pre-employment medical exam will include an oral swab “Drug Screen” as part of the Medical examination and subsequent random drug and alcohol testing will be conducted in accordance with D.O.T. regulations.

VETERANS PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veterans preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of their DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or upon request.  The Director of Personnel may, in their discretion, accept alternate documentation.  

CITY RESIDENTS PREFERENCE POINTS: City residents who pass an examination for a position in the classified service and do not receive any other preference will receive a five (5) point preference on a scale of 100 points on the exam. An additional one (1) point shall be added to the passing score of City residents who receive any other preference on a scale of 100 points.  City residents must have resided in the City for at least one (1) year at the time of filing their application to be eligible for the preference points.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  

Scoring Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3436

November 19, 2021

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies. Please submit application as soon as possible.

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