Tree Nerd Blog

  • Foster Trees is Hiring!

    Foster Trees is Hiring!

    Job Description

    About Us

    Foster Trees is a small, family-owned business that is rapidly growing. We pride ourselves on balancing high arboricultural standards of the best care for trees with clients’ peace of mind and satisfaction. We are committed to the long-term support and growth of our community and our employees, and hope to continue growing our team and their careers well into the future. 

    About You

    The Tree Service Estimator is a challenging year-round position requiring a desire to work outdoors, knowledge about tree care, as well as practical experience in estimating tree pruning and tree removals, including knowledge of tree species, diagnosis and tree assessment. You must understand all of the logistics required to successfully deliver a crew, and you must be able to guarantee a quality work product along with an excellent client experience.  A successful Tree Service Estimator has a strong work ethic and is a self-starter who enjoys interacting with the public and our employees.  Training is provided to familiarize with sales and operational procedures. 

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Able to accurately estimate time and cost for crews to carry out pruning, removal, cabling, or other proposed tree care needs
    • Meet with potential clients at job location and evaluate work needed
    • Effectively manage a daily schedule with multiple appointments and travel time
    • Communicate needs and schedule changes with management team
    • Perform site inspections for proposal preparation
    • Provide estimates to prospects and clients in a timely manner
    • Develop and maintain long-term relationships with clients
    • Maintain neat, clean, and professional appearance and image while on client sites
    • Clearly communicate with clients and communicate any client expectations to Foreman
    • Maintains company vehicle and equipment
    • Follows up on estimates, changes orders and resolves issues as needed
    • Some data entry using computer and/or tablet via our estimate software

    Salary DOE, standard base salary plus commission

    Qualifications

    Necessary: 

    • 2 years arborist or tree service experience
    • ISA Certification of the ability to achieve ISA certification within 1 year of hire
    • Valid Driver’s License with clear driving record
    • Ability to pass a background check
    • Strong communication skills (oral, written, and listening)
    • Ability to effectively price tree care recommendations and other services offered
    • Self-motivated individual with a can-do, positive, and upbeat attitude
    • Strong customer service skills and telephone etiquette
    • Excellent organizational skills – the ability to multi-task and prioritize
    • Basic computer proficiency (experience with Jobber software is a plus) 
    • Attentive to details, analytical skills, and basic math skills 
    • Demonstrates role model behaviors by adhering to high standards of ethics, integrity, and safety
    • Able to stand all day and lift up to 50 pounds

    Recommended: 

    • TRAQ Certification or the ability to achieve TRAQ certification within 1 year of hire
    • Certification in CPR/First Aid
    • Knowledge of machinery and equipment maintenance

    How to Apply

    Send an email to arborists@fostertreespdx.com with the subject line “Tree Service Estimator”

  • The Tree Nerd Blog

    From Science Daily

    Tree Nerds in their native habitat

    A Rutgers study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations

    According to findings published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, workers employed by tree care experts and licensed arborists were more likely to receive health and safety training and to use personal protective equipment than those employed by companies that are not part of the professional arboriculture network. The research also shows that Spanish-speaking day laborers often had little training or use of personal protective equipment.

    Tree care workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America, regularly encountering heights, slippery conditions, falling limbs, sharp equipment and electrical wires. The incidence of injuries increases after storms when unqualified “storm-chasers” with chainsaws and landscaping companies offer their services to uninformed homeowners. Some municipalities also struggle to handle tree damage with inadequately trained labor and old equipment. Annually, tree care injuries account for about 80 worker deaths and at least 23,000 chainsaw injuries treated in emergency departments. Many of those injuries result from inadequate training and equipment.

    “There is a popular misconception that tree removal is low-skill work, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said Michele Ochsner, formerly with Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. “Handling storm-downed trees without injury to people or property involves an array of technical skills and knowledge of how different species of trees respond in different seasons and weather conditions.”

    Since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ochsner, along with Elizabeth Marshall, an environmental and occupational epidemiologist at Rutgers School of Public Health, and Daniel Lefkowitz at the New Jersey Department of Health, have been analyzing surveillance data after storms to assess injury risks related to tree work. They also conducted interviews with private and municipal tree care experts to understand the Sandy experience and suggest ways to improve safety.

    Storms and the ensuing long hours exacerbate the job’s significant risks. “Tree care crews handle thousands of downed trees in the wake of a hurricane or even the recent snow storm. It takes knowledge, proper equipment and coordination to do that safely,” Marshall said.

    Although there is no current Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard for tree trimming, employers are required to comply with all general industry standards set by a network of national, regional and state associations, said Marshall. She noted that New Jersey recently passed a comprehensive licensing law to assist consumers in hiring a tree care company that upholds the state’s standards.

    “Our interviews with tree care workers revealed a number of recommendations to plan ahead for major storms,” said Marshall. “For example, companies and municipalities should ensure equipment is well maintained, employees are properly trained in their native language and provided with personal protective equipment. Consumers should work with a licensed tree care professional to identify damaged or improperly planted trees and remove dead trees and limbs before the next big storm. Then, they will be ready when bad weather arrives and trees come down.”