We are Blue Ox Urban Forestry, a highly-rated small business based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Check out our reviews on Yelp and Google and you'll see that we do things a little differently. Our mission is to preserve our urban forest and promote a community-wide passion for arboriculture by taking a three-step approach: prioritize science-based methodologies in all services; invest in the growth and happiness of our employees; and build lasting and meaningful relationships with clients through hands-on participation.
While Blue Ox is ready to grow at a rapid pace, we will never lose sight of our mission. We focus every day on maintaining the family-like community we have created with our employees and clients alike, where everyone is treated with equal value and mutual respect. We are always on the hunt for individuals who share these values, and who are excited to put in some hard work and take advantage of the unique benefits that come with working for a locally-owned small business.
GROUND OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Status: Non-exempt, $12-17/hour
Direct Report: Crew Leader
Required Experience: None
✓ Be punctual and reliable every day, and maintain good communication with your supervisor and the office regarding anticipated absences, late arrivals, early departures, etc.
✓ Operate a chainsaw to piece up brush and logs
✓ Use chainsaws, hand saws, and pole saws to prune from the ground or rooftops
✓ Make pruning cuts according to ANSI A300 standards
✓ Assist the climber with rigging line operations by lowering cut limbs safely to the ground
✓ Gather, stack, and haul brush and logs and feed it into a chipper or load onto a trailer
✓ Service and clean chipper, chainsaws, pole saws, and other equipment as needed
✓ Work around hazardous equipment
✓ Work around excessive noise from machinery with ear protection
✓ Work in all temperatures and weather and be exposed to nature (i.e., irritating plants, biting or stinging insects, dust, etc) ✓ Work on un-level terrain and from rooftops
✓ Work around falling limbs with proper protection
✓ Any additional tasks as specified by supervisors
ALL CANDIDATES MUST BE ABLE TO...
✓ Pass standard vision and hearing tests
✓ Maintain attention and concentration for extended periods of time
✓ Wear all necessary PPE any time it is required
✓ Enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day
✓ Withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, i.e. rain, heat, sun, cold
✓ Be able to traverse various terrains
✓ Be able to write, read and comprehend written and verbal job instructions/ information.
✓ Be able to communicate with others
✓ Be able to maintain attention during dangerous tasks
✓ Be able to lift, move and maneuver up to 80 pounds on an infrequent basis, and up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis
✓ Have endurance necessary to perform these duties throughout a standard eight or ten hour day
✓ Be able to work long hours and overtime during/immediately following weather or other tree-related emergencies (including holidays, weekends, etc.)
✓ Have sufficient eyesight to judge distances, and the coordination to get and use the appropriate equipment and tools
✓ Be able to operate and service all required tools and equipment
✓ Have transportation to and from the start-up location
✓ Pass a pre-employment drug test and have a clean driver safety record if applying for a position that requires driving company vehicles
Our Way of Life
Friends don't let friends work (or drink) alone
People are the backbone at Blue Ox. You'll find more here than just a paycheck. You'll find genuine friendships and a supportive community. You'll find a sense of purpose that comes from doing more than you ever thought was possible. You'll find a sense of belonging that comes from doing it with a crew that feels like family.
Instead of balancing work and life, we seek to integrate them. Whether you're climbing the highest of trees or grabbing a couple beers, you'll find a solid group of people to do it with.
Let's Take it Further
Read the employee handbook to learn more about our policies and expectations. We'll keep it interesting, we promise.