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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W6002 / Supv,Arboriculture
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Supervises campus arboriculture program operations and personnel, including shrub and tree hazard evaluation, maintenance, repair and/or removal. Supervises landscape planting, installation, maintenance and renovation activities. Maintains campus tree nursery. Supervises chemical treatments and landscape fertilization. Maintains inventories and records of campus trees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Supervises tree and shrub maintenance programs, including tree pruning, deadwooding, cable-bracing, utility clearance, removal, and/or repair.
  2. Conducts plant diagnosis and tree hazard evaluations.
  3. Implements detailed landscape plans; supervises landscape maintenance, renovation, planting, and installation of landscape projects.
  4. Maintains comprehensive tree and shrub replacement inventories and orders, and the campus tree nursery.
  5. Supervises tree and plant fertilization, pesticide applications and other chemical treatments.
  6. Makes appropriate modifications and/or adjustments to landscape in order to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.
  7. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  8. Responds to inquiries and researches and resolves problems related to transactions handled by the unit; serves as liaison with other constituencies in the resolution of day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
  9. Assists in planning snow removal operations and makes personnel assignments for operating snow removal equipment.
  10. Develops operating goals and objectives for the unit; implements and administers methods and procedures to enhance operations, as appropriate to the unit.
  11. Assists in the annual budget planning process and regularly monitors expenditures.
  12. Develops confidentiality recordkeeping procedures and manages appropriate department records in accordance with applicable regulations, policies, and standards.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Pesticide License in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control. Must obtain International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification within one (1) year from date of hire.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of tree pruning, deadwooding, cable-bracing, utility clearance, removal, and repair techniques.
  • Knowledge of tree-climbing techniques.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, methods, and techniques in area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of ropes and rigging techniques.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Plant diagnosis skills.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of fertilizer and/or pesticide applications.
  • Skill in interpreting and completing landscape plans.
  • Skill in operating snow removal equipment.
  • Tree hazard evaluation skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Landscape maintenance and renovation skills.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain inventory control systems and processes.
  • Knowledge of applicable safety procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Skill in cultivating and maintaining tree nurseries.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of greenhouse operations, propagation methods, chemical applications, insect/disease control, plant nutrition, and pruning methods.
  • Knowledge of tree fertilization and chemical treatment techniques.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Maintaining comprehensive inventories and orders including the tree nursery; b) Supervising personnel including recommendation of hiring, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution; c) Responding to inquiries and investigating problems related to the department; d) Participating in the development of department goals and objectives, and e) Assists in annual budget planning process.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Must obtain a New Mexico Commercial Driver's License (CDL) within 6 months of date of hire.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification and/or licensure status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017