Tree Leadworker (19935071)

Parks Maintenance
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$6,224.10-$7,578.60 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


420 Carolan Avenue Burlingame, 94010


The City of Burlingame is accepting applications for the position of Tree Leadworker


Our diverse family of employees welcomes you to apply. We are a small city that gets a lot done, and each member of our team is vital to our success as an organization.

We recently asked our employees what they enjoyed most about working for the City of Burlingame, and their responses fell into five general categories:

  • Colleagues
  • Community
  • Location
  • The Work
  • The Benefits

Browse the Burlingame Welcome Brochure for more information about why employees love  working here or view our City of Burlingame is a Great Place to Work Video: 

Welcome Brochure 

City of Burlingame is a Great Place to Work Video


For more detailed information regarding the minimum qualifications and essential functions of the position, please review the Tree Leadworker job description.

Ideal Candidate

Under general supervision, leads and participates in the operation of the City’s tree program; performs the full array of duties assigned to tree maintenance, including skilled and semi-skilled work in the planting, maintenance, trimming, and care of City street and park trees; demonstrates a full understanding of all applicable policies, procedures, and work methods associated with assigned duties; assists in the training of assigned personnel; performs other related duties as required.



Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Tree Leadworker.  A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of three years of responsible experience in the planting, maintenance, removal, and care of trees, and a high school diploma or equivalent.

License/Certificate:  Possession of a valid class C California driver’s license. Ability to obtain a Certified Tree Worker (ISA) certification and ACRT Line Clearance Arborist certification within one year.  

Highly Desirable: Possession of an Arborist Certification.



  • Retirement: CalPERS 2.5% at 55 for Classic members and 2.0% at 62 for New members; Classic members contribute 1.5% of the City’s contribution to CalPERS retirement via payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis
  • Health Insurance: Choice of CalPERS Medical plans. City pays up to 92.5% of medical premium of most medical plans
  • Dental and Vision for employee and dependents
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance plan pays 60% of monthly salary ($3,500 max)
  • Term life insurance policy in the amount of $75,000
  • Vacation leave of 10 days for the first 4 years and increases with years of service
  • Fourteen paid holidays per year (includes 2 floating holidays)
  • Sick Leave:  12 days per year
  • Deferred Compensation: City contributes $45 per pay period matching contribution to a 457 plan
  • Section 125 Flex Benefit: Un-reimbursed Medical and Child Care
  • Transportation Incentive Program
  • Reduced fee for City Recreation fitness classes

Special Instructions


This recruitment is open until filled and may close at any time, or upon receipt of the first 100 applications, whichever occurs first. 




Interested candidates must submit a completed online employment application. Applications submitted without completed supplemental questions will be considered incomplete and disqualified from this recruitment process. Your responses will be reviewed for appropriate grammar, punctuation, and content. Resumes are highly desirable, but a resume in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted.  



Examination dates will be scheduled when there is an adequate pool of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible.


All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. The department will invite the most qualified candidates to the oral panel interview examination.  Candidates must receive a score of 70% or higher on the oral panel interview examination to be placed on the eligibility list. The list will remain in effect for at least one year unless exhausted sooner. A limited number of candidates from the eligibility list will be invited to an interview with the Parks Superintendent and Parks and Recreation Director. Depending upon the number of candidates, this process may be altered. The Parks and Recreation Director will make the final recommendation for appointment. 


Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. The City of Burlingame reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.



Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to provide their DMV driving record no more than three months old. Candidates who do not provide a DMV driving record no more than three months old will be disqualified from the recruitment process. Candidates must have an acceptable driving record defined as follows:

In the last FIVE years:

  • No more than 3 moving violations
  • No accidents where applicant was at fault
  • No outstanding warrants for failure to appear

In the last SEVEN years:

  • No convictions for reckless driving
  • No convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Applicants with six or more points over the previous three years on his/her driving record will be considered to have an unacceptable driving record and will be disqualified from this recruitment process.


Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to:  

  • pass a fingerprint check submitted to the Department of Justice
  • pass a background investigation, drug screen and physical examination
  • comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire

This position has a 12 month probationary period from the date of hire.  Whereby, the selected candidate must receive a rating of no less than 'satisfactory' at the end of the probationary period to continue forward with employment.  During the 12 month probationary period, the selected candidate can be terminated with, or without cause.


The City of Burlingame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  This job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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