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Company Name:Wayne County Government
Employment Type:Full Time
Category:Public Services
Pay:$35,967 Annual - Salary
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Employees in this class trim, cultivate, repair, remove and transplant trees and shrubs and apply pesticide. This requires extensive climbing, use of ropes, ladders, aerial lifts, and a variety of tools used in forestry work.

At the time of application and appointment, qualified candidates must have:

  • At least two (2) years of experience within the last five (5) years trimming trees, bushes and other types of brush (Part-time experience will be acceptable and must be performing the above duties for 4160 hours); AND
  • A valid State of Michigan Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a "B" designation and Air Brakes Certification; AND;
  • An acceptable safe driving record.

NOTE: Applicants must describe their experience and training in sufficient detail to allow evaluation of their acceptability under the above qualifications. Failure to do so will result in a rejection of their application.


Applicants must be able to do extensive climbing to various heights and work in adverse weather conditions.

Appointees within the first four (4) months of their probationary period must provide documentation that they have certification with the State of Michigan as a Pesticide Applicator with Category 6 (right-of-way).

Appointees within the first six (6) months of their probationary period must receive MIOSHA Aerial Lift certification and must also pass the Tree Trimmer climbing exam covering tree-climbing ability (including climbing into a tree of variable heights, going out on the limb using proper rope and knot techniques and coming down from the tree safely).

If the Pesticide Applicator certification is not received and maintained, or the aerial lift certification is not received, or the employee does not successfully pass the tree climbing test within six (6) months of hire; the employee will be removed from the Tree Trimmer position pursuant to the Department of Personnel/Human Resources and Department of Public Services procedures.


 A Written test (70%) will be administered covering knowledge of tree biology; tree identification; pruning concepts and techniques; tree planting, climbing and safety techniques.

A Performance test (30%) will be administered and will include the basic skills and abilities to perform the duties of the Tree Trimmer position.

Candidates must pass all tests in order to be placed on the eligibility list.



To establish an eligible list from which to fill present and future vacancies. The eligible list will remain in effect for six (6) months, but may be extended.

This is a continuous examination and ranking on the eligible list will be subject to change as names are added to and removed from the list.

Applicants who fail the written examination must wait 30 days before reapplying for this announcement.


 Pay Rate and Fringe Benefits: Appointments will usually be made at the minimum rate with annual increases where applicable. Payment is on a biweekly basis. Employees receive liberal fringe benefits, which include vacation pay, sick leave pay, health care insurance, optical, dental, long term disability, life insurance and a retirement plan.

Drug Screen: A pre-employment drug screen may be given to persons hired by the County to fill positions requiring an employee to drive a County vehicle or operate County equipment. Candidates who do not pass the drug screen will be disqualified. Employees may be required to submit to random drug screening in accordance with departmental policy and/or collective bargaining agreements.

Background Investigation: A background investigation, which may include past employment, driving record and criminal history of candidates will be conducted prior to hiring.


Probationary Period: Appointees must satisfactorily complete a probationary period before the appointment will be considered permanent, in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements.


Veteran's Preference: Honorably discharged war veterans who receive passing grades on examinations will have ten (10) points added to their final earned examination scores and those who have a service connected disability will have five (5) points added to their score, for a possible total of fifteen (15) additional points.


Equal Opportunity Employer: The County of Wayne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, arrest record or disability.


Accommodations for the Disabled: A disabled person needing accommodation in connection with a job application or to participate in the examination process must notify the Department of Personnel/Human Resources. A reasonable accommodation may also be required on the job to enable the individual to perform the essential job functions. Such accommodations will be evaluated at the time of appointment. Hearing or speech impaired persons using TDD's or similar devices may contact the Michigan Relay Center, toll free at (800) 649-3777 or 711 to communicate directly with the Department of Personnel/Human Resources during regular working hours.    


Appeal of Rejection: Persons denied permission to compete in an examination may make a written appeal to the Wayne County Civil Service Commission for a final decision. An appeal must be filed within twenty (20) days following the mailing of the rejection stating the basis on which the application should be accepted.


Review of Examination: A request to review an examination must be made in writing within twenty (20) days after the notice of result of the examination is mailed. An appeal concerning the rating received must be made in writing within twenty (20) days after the review. An appeal must state the basis on which it is claimed that the rating is improper.



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