$43,680 yearly
  • Wayne County Government
  • Apr 14, 2024
Full time Skilled Labor

Job Description

  • Wayne County is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and alongside the Detroit River. Our unique corner of Michigan offers a special blend of opportunities for residents and businesses. Wayne County is home to 34 cities and nine townships, each with its own distinctive character, and is the home to nearly 1.8 million residents. As a resident of Wayne County, you can enjoy services, support, and recreation, which makes the county a world-class place to live, work, play, and raise a family. We are committed to providing our communities with quality services and facilities that will make them thrive. If you are committed to serving our communities and residents, join our team!

    Employees in this class trim, cultivate, repair, remove and transplant trees and shrubs and apply pesticide. This requires extensive climbing, use of ropes, ladders, aerial lifts, and a variety of tools used in forestry work.

  • A high school diploma or equivalent GED; AND
  • A valid and safe State of Michigan Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a "B" designation with air brakes certification; AND
  • One of the following criteria below from A. or B. 
  1. A. At least 1 year of experience trimming trees, bushes and other types of brush (preferably this experience will include climbing trees using ropes and harnesses); (Part time experience or seasonal experience will be acceptable and must be performing the above duties for at least 4160 hours).  


  1. B. Completion of the 6-week DTE Tree Trimmer Academy (or equivalent training program) that provides tree climbing instruction. 



Applicants must be able to do extensive climbing to various heights and work in adverse weather conditions.

Appointees within the first four (4) months of their probationary period, must provide documentation that they have certification with the State of Michigan as a Pesticide Applicator with Category 6 (right-of-way).

Appointees within the first six (6) months of their probationary period, must receive MIOSHA Aerial Lift Certification.

If the Pesticide Applicator certification is not received and maintained, or the aerial lift certification is not received, the employee will be removed from the Tree Trimmer position pursuant to the Department of Personnel/Human Resources and Department of Public Services procedures.

There will be testing for this position


A Written test will be administered covering knowledge of tree biology; tree identification; pruning concepts and techniques; tree planting, climbing and safety techniques.

A Performance test will be administered covering tree-climbing ability including going out on the limb of a tree using proper rope and knot techniques and coming down safely. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Wayne County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and
applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion,
age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and
conditions of employment, including but not limited to: recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall,
transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. For information regarding the Department of Justice - EEO
Utilization Report, please visit


If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to
perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Wayne
County Department of Personnel/Human Resources at 313-224-5901 or via email at Hearing
or speech impaired persons using TDD's or similar devices may contact the Michigan Relay Center, toll free at (800) 649-
3777 or 711 to communicate directly with the Department of Personnel/Human Resources during regular working hours.