Plant Health Care (PHC) Technician

Boulder, CO

Overview

Come help us keep trees healthy! Our awesome team is growing and we’re looking for people to join our Plant Health Care team. Check out the details below and email your resume to kyle@taddikentree.com.

Job Summary

Technicians perform a variety of tasks based on the season. In the growing season, primarily performing plant health care services to trees including any combination of the following: driving to multiple sites, performing trunk injections, soil injections, pesticide spraying, and root collar excavations. 

During the dormant season, technicians join our tree care team. Tree care duties may include any combination of the following: pruning, raking, rigging, driving/dumping company vehicles, use of chainsaws/handsaws, hauling logs, and chipping debris.

  • Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people.

  • Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  • Critical Problem Solving – Use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems on your own.

  • Communication – Exchanging and conveying information, ideas, concepts, thoughts, and feelings through the use of a shared system of words, signs, and symbols.

  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting while a counterpart is still productively expressing their perspective.

  • Professionalism – Intrinsic understanding of the difference between right and wrong, shows the courage to act upon that understanding and embody the following ethical characteristics: Respect for self, others, and the environment. Empathy. Integrity.

  • Pesticide Use – Understand pesticide labels and the proper use of pesticides. 

  • Equipment Maintenance – Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

  • Plant identification – The ability to accurately name trees and shrubs in Colorado.

  • Credentials – CDA Qualified Applicator or Supervisor (Not required)

Tasks

  • Performs aerial sprays safely with minimal impact on non-target organisms, such as flowers, wildlife, and other vegetation

  • Dragging hoses through complex and detailed landscapes (Must be able to lift/carry 70 lbs.)

  • Fertilizes/Waters trees using a soil probe.  Recognize and spot patterns in landscapes to avoid irrigation damage

  • Performs root collar excavation using hand tools.  Identify and address girdling roots and other subterranean issues.

  • Performs systemic trunk injections on a variety of tree species

  • Identify pest pressures, biotic stressors, abiotic stressors and reports these to client arborist and client

  • Perform conversions and calculations to determine the appropriate rates needed for mixing and applying a wide variety of pesticides and other products

  • Keep a written maintenance log about the operation of equipment and vehicles used and reports it to the PHC Coordinator 

  • Safely drives large spray rigs through traffic and on private properties

  • Participates in weekly safety meetings and bug of the month education

Benefits

  • Signing Bonus
  • Competitive Pay
  • Monthly Production Bonus
  • Full-time year-round employment — Tree work all year long.
  • Paid time off — 5 days by 1 year; 10 days off after 2 years, 15 days after 5 years.
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Aflac Services
  • Saddle program — Let us buy you a saddle.
  • Company-sponsored education including ISA Certification, CTSP, TRAQ
  • Not from around these parts? That’s okay, we can help.