Groundman Tree Service Technician
Africa Talent Contours (Limited) is incorporated in Kenya as a human Resource Outsourcing and Consulting Company. We have a footprint in over 10 African Countries and still growing to target the entire Sub-Saharan Region of Africa and the rest of the continent and the World.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB TASK AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Under the supervision of Project Superintendent & Foreman, Tree Service Technician are part of the larger field of grounds maintenance responsible for tree trimming and pruning, which may be made necessary by several factors. Trees may need to be removed because of disease or environmental factors, such as proximity of power lines or housing units, storm damage, or simple aesthetics. These specialists may also be called in to remove trees that have blocked roadways, sidewalks, or other areas.
- Trees Service Technician are generally trained on the job, rather than having any formal schooling in tree maintenance. They employ sophisticated methods for scaling trees to remove part or all of plants that have been determined to be unnecessary. Using chainsaws, they work carefully, using all technologies available to accomplish their goals in a safe and professional manner. In some instances, tree service technicians may use truck mounted lifts to reach targeted limbs.
- Operates chain saw to fell, de limb, and buck trees at the logging site and loading area.
- Assess site, terrain, and weather conditions before felling trees.
- Maintain and repair chainsaws and other equipment, cleaning, oiling, and greasing equipment, and sharpening equipment properly.
- Saw back-cuts, leaving sufficient sound wood to control direction of fall.
- Stop saw engines pull cutting bars from cuts and run to safety as tree falls.
- Trim off the tops and limbs of trees, using chainsaws, DE limbers, or axes.
- Clear brush work areas and escape routes and cut saplings and other trees from direction of falls, using chainsaw.
- Appraise trees for certain characteristic, such as twist, rot, and heavy limbs growth, and gauge amount and direction of lean, to determine how to control the direction of a tree’s fall with the least damage.
- Control the direction of a tree’s fall by scoring cutting lines with axes, sawing undercuts along scored lines with chainsaws, knocking slabs form cuts with single-bit axes, and driving wedges.
- Select trees to be cut down, assessing factors such as site and weather conditions before beginning work.
- Determine position, direction, and depth of cuts to be made, and placement of wedges or jacks.
- Insert jacks or drive wedges behind saws to prevent binding of saws and to start trees falling.
- Measure felled trees and cut them into specified log lengths, using chainsaws and axes.
- Assess logs after cutting to ensure that the quality and length are correct.
- Tag unsafe trees with high-visibility ribbons.
- Place supporting limbs or poles under felled trees to avoid splitting undersides, and to prevent logs from rolling.
- Secure steel cables or chains to logs for dragging by tractors or for pulling by cable yarding systems.
- Work as a member of a team, rotating between chain saw operation and skidder operation.
- Load logs or wood onto trucks, trailers, or railroad cars, by hand or using loaders or winches.
- Performs other duties as required.
BASIC JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Must speak, read, and understand the English Language Fluently.
Must pass overseas medical screening and be in good health.
Wear the applicable P.P.E. at all times.
Must have a valid Professional Driver’s License.
Must be able to work outdoors in the tropics.
JOB SPECIFICATIONS: SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS OR TRAINING
- Any certifications available will be added advantage.
- High school graduates are preferred.
- Two (2) years’ experience of ground maintenance work desirable. Physical strength and stamina.
- Ability to work outdoors in the tropics.
Basic terms of the job offer.
- Assignment Duration: 12 months. Renewal subject to performance and project status.
- Base Monthly Salary: 48 hours per week minimum work requirement: $525.00 (based on 48 hr. work week requirement)
- Working schedule: 48 hours per week (8 hours per day/6 days a week)
- Payroll period: Monthly. Amount give take home.
- Overtime: Work more than 8 hours per day or work performed on a rest day and/or holiday,
will be paid as overtime at the base salary rate.
- Accommodations: Housing, transportation, meals in-country, and laundry facilities are provided
- Sick Leave: Employee will accrue 2.67 hours of sick leave for each full month of service, beginning with the completion of the first full month of Foreign Service employment.
- Annual leave Up to 21 days paid at the end of each 12-month contract.
- Travel will be provided by the employer to the employee’s home country.
- Project Holidays: 10 paid holidays. New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, President’s Day, Philippine Independence Day, USA Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
- Your Passport must be valid for at least 12 months, with at least 6 total blank visa pages remaining.
- Your driver’s license must be valid for at least 6 months (unless processing for a CDL-required position, which will require 12 months remaining).
- Updated covid vaccination certificate
- Medical exam report at a date to be advised.