Forestry Laborer (Urban Forestry)

Full Time

  City of West Allis

  West Allis, Wisconsin, United States


Do you like working outdoors and are interested in Forestry?  You would be part of a team that helps keep our City's plants and trees healthy and beautiful in the community.  The City provides an outstanding benefit and compensation package along with the ability to learn and grow with the City of West Allis!

Salary:   The hourly rate range for this non-exempt position is $16.80 to $19.20.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based on qualifications and experience, subject to approval.

West Allis Resident Incentive Pay:   An employee who resides within the City of West Allis shall be granted an additional 2% on top of the established pay for their position.

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Examples of Duties

The primary duties include light to heavy manual labor on a wide variety of tasks involving all aspects of Arboriculture, Horticulture and landscape maintenance.  This position requires emotional intelligence, work ethic, accountability, and initiative to effectively perform the duties.

  • Tree removal - drag brush, sweep and rake hard and turf surfaces
  • Turf and right-of-way areas maintenance - mow, string trim, aerate, edge, fertilize
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, annual flowers
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, annual flowers
  • Remove snow using hand shovel, powered snow blowers
  • Construct and repair landscape beds, hardscaping, irrigation
  • Park and facility maintenance - pick up trash, clean buildings
  • Assist other divisions as needed
  • Assist in snow removal and ice control operations

Perform a variety of public works maintenance activities either independently or as part of a work crew; perform normal work assignments fairly independently in accordance with established work procedures and departmental policies; possess the agility, strength and stamina to perform heavy manual labor on a continuous basis and to withstand exposure to variable and unfavorable weather; knowledge of hand tools used in Arboriculture and Horticulture and their safe operation; knowledge, safe operation and maintenance of small power equipment; safe operation of various types of trucks and automotive equipment of varied capacities under all types of weather conditions.


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Method of Selection & Supplemental Information

The first step in the selection process will be a review and evaluation of applications to identify those candidates who appear better qualified in terms of academic preparation, training, experience, and achievements as these relate to the duties and requirements of the position.  To facilitate a fair and accurate evaluation, applicants are encouraged to include in or with their applications, clear and specific details about their qualifications.  A representative number of applicants deemed better qualified in terms of the requirements of the position will be further evaluated and rated in an oral examination designed to assess knowledge, ability and personal suitability.

POST-OFFER PHYSICAL EXAM/DRUG TEST:   Persons offered employment must pass a post-offer drug test and thorough physical examination as a condition of employment.  
The City of West Allis is an at-will employer. All appointments are subject to a training (probationary) period of six (6) months; however, employment may be terminated at any time for any reason.



The hourly rate range for this non-exempt position is $16.80 to $19.20.

$34,944.00 - $39,936.00 Annually