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

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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