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The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

The City of Worcester values the safety of our employees, our residents and our visitors. In accordance with the City of Worcester's Vaccination Verification Policy, if you are selected for any job with the City of Worcester you must be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit proof of weekly COVID-19 testing.

If you wish to apply for this position, the deadline is Open Until Filled. Please note the following application options for this position:
  • By Mailing to the Department of Human Resources, ATTN: TREE CLIMBER, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608
    (If applying via US Mail, please include a completed Labor Service Application Form and any required documentation)
DPW and Parks
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Open Until Filled
Full Time
40 Per Week
$16.93 - $22.26 per hour


The Department of Public Works & Parks seeks applicants interested in the full-time position of Tree Climber. Responsibilities consist of performing a variety of manual tasks related to the trimming, pruning, spraying and removal of trees within the city. Typical hours consist of Monday - Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, but may be required to work any 8 hours in a 24 hour period, and work any 5 days of the week. Employees in this classification are eligible for overtime.

Key features for all Tree Climbers include:

  • Considerable knowledge of tree climbing, trimming, treatment and removal methods.
  • Extensive knowledge and ability to tie knots used in Forestry operations.
  • Ability to acquire skill in the use and care of ropes, knots, climber hooks, riggings and tools commonly used in tree trimming and felling operations.
  • Ability to perform manual work requiring considerable strength and endurance on a daily basis.
  • Ability to climb and visually identify trees, and work at heights sometimes in precarious positions.
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal instructions.
  • A valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required as a condition of employment. (Class A or Class B CDL acceptable).
  • Candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment physical, reference check and CORI check.
  • Subject to pre-employment drug testing. Subject to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of employment.

The starting hourly rate of pay is:

  • Tree Climber salary range: $16.93 - $22.26 per hour.
  • For Motor Equipment Operator (when assigned):
    • $ 24.04 MEO Grade A
    • $ 24.81 MEO Grade B
    • $ 26.28 MEO Grade C
    • $ 27.14 MEO Grade D

IMPORTANT: Interested candidates MUST register on the Civil Service list for TREE CLIMBER as soon as possible. To register, complete a Labor Service Application and submit to the City of Worcester’s Human Resources Department. Applications are available in-person at City Hall & online at www.worcesterma.gov/employment. Completed Labor Service Applications can be submitted in-person to Human Resources; mailed (with a valid copy of CDL) to: City of Worcester, Human Resources Department, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608; emailed: HR@worcesterma.gov; OR, faxed: (508) 799-1040.

Veterans will be given preference when applying for these positions. Proof of possession of a valid and current MA CDL license is required at time of registration. For more information, contact the City’s Department of Human Resources at (508) 799-1030.

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