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CLIMBER & PRUNER 

City of New York DOT

As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted
a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be
met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring
agency.

Job Description

Under supervision, some of the physical activities performed by Climber and Pruner and environmental conditions
experienced are: climbing in and out of an aerial lift device (bucket truck), climbing up in a tree using rope and
harness or bucket; operating a chain saw, operating heavy motorized equipment such as bucket truck, chipper, loader
and stump grinder; lifting and moving heavy objects; standing for extended periods of time; working outdoors in all
kinds of weather, including severe weather conditions. When responding to emergency conditions, Climber and
Pruners may be required to work all hours of the day or night and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Selected
candidate will also perform all types of work required for the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees and large
shrubs; climb, prunes, brace, cut and fell trees adjoining the City’s arterial highways, spray trees and large shrubs to
protect them against insects, fungi, or other parasites, etc; may perform tree inspection work and required, operate
vehicles and hand power tools; perform related duties.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Six months of satisfactory, full-time experience as a climber and pruner or arborist performing all types of
tree work required for the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees and large shrubs including climbing,
pruning, bracing, cutting and felling trees and large shrubs and operating manual, power driven and
motorized equipment required for the performance of these duties.
Experience as a ground person is not acceptable towards meeting this requirement.
Driver License Requirement: At the time of appointment, eligible candidates must possess a motor vehicle
driver license valid in the State of New York, and a Class B Commercial Driver License valid in the State of
New York within one year of being appointed to this position. Serious moving violations, license suspension or
accident record may disqualify you. This Class B Commercial Driver License must be maintained for the duration of
your employment. Such license must not include any restrictions which would preclude the performance of Climber
and Pruner work.

Preferred Skills

Climbing in and out of an aerial lift device (bucket truck); Climbing up in a tree using rope and harness or bucket;
Operating a chainsaw; Operating heavy motorized equipment such as bucket truck, chipper, loader, and stump
grinder; lifting and moving heavy objects; standing for extended periods of time; and working outdoors in a
restricted space in an urban environment in all kinds of weather, including severe weather conditions.

Additional Information

Preference will be given to those candidates who possess a Class A Commercial Driver License valid in the State of
New York. Eligible candidates must possess a Class B Commercial Driver License valid in the State of New York
within one year of being appointed to this position. Serious moving violations, license suspension or accident record
may disqualify you. This Class B Commercial Driver License must be maintained for the duration of your
employment.
This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program. Please indicate in
your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.

Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position
To Apply

Preference will be given to those candidates who possess a Class A Commercial Driver License valid in the State of
New York. Eligible candidates must possess a Class B Commercial Driver License valid in the State of New
York within one year of being appointed to this position. Serious moving violations, license suspension or
accident record may disqualify you. This Class B Commercial Driver License must be maintained for the
duration of your employment. All resumes are to be submitted electronically. Current City employees please log
on into Employee Self Service (ESS) at nyc.gov/ess, follow the Careers Link, and search for Job ID #521757. All
other applicants please go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search and search for Job ID #521757. No phone calls, faxes or
personal inquiries permitted. Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. Most public libraries have
computers available for use. Appointments are subject to OMB approval. For more information about DOT, visit us
at: www.nyc.gov/dot.