The Presidio Trust is seeking a Forestry Worker. The Presidio of San Francisco was once an Army base; it's now a new kind of national park. The Presidio's richly forested and designed setting is one of the Army's most impressive accomplishments in landscape architecture. No other military installation in the nation has ever undertaken landscape planning on such a grand scale.
A soldier standing on the Presidio's windy ridgeline during the Civil War years would have written home about sandy dunes and the open prospect to the bay. Beginning in the 1880s, the Army planted a vast eucalyptus, pine, and cypress forest. Thousands of trees were planted along the Presidio's ridges and entrance gates. Today, the 300-acres forest is the largest feature that contributes to the Presidio's National Historic Landmark District. It also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife and respite from the city for human visitors.
Because the trees were planted over a relatively short period, they began to decline about the same time. To preserve the treasured forest, Presidio Trust Forestry Workers and volunteers are gradually replanting cypress, pine, eucalyptus and even redwood. We're seeking someone with the skills and passion to help us maintain and care for this treasured historic San Francisco forest.
Applications received by January 10, 2017 will receive first consideration. This is a full-time position. Minimum salary is $23.12 per hour. We are planning to hold interviews and make a job offer beginning the week of January 10, 2017, and set a work start date shortly thereafter.
- Plant trees; weed, mow, stake, mulch, prune, thin, litter control, fertilize, install and repair irrigation.
- Structurally prune young trees up to 20' with the use of pole saws, pole pruners, orchard ladders and/or approved climbing equipment.
- Perform ground work associated with pruning or removal of trees including hauling debris and chipping brush; assist with traffic control including flagging.
- Safely use shovels, picks, rakes, pruning shears, loppers, handsaws, lawn mowers, grass trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, track loaders, stump-grinders and trenchers.
- Work with Trust Volunteer Coordinator to identify, schedule and implement forestry volunteer projects; participate in volunteer meetings and events; lead volunteers in work related to reforestation site maintenance, including training volunteers, directing work, and reinforcing rules governing the participation and safety of volunteers in forest maintenance.
- Interact with visitors; respond to visitor questions, comments and concerns from public, residents, tenants, and Presidio staff with impeccable customer service; use good judgement to elevate issues to supervisor.
- Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and training is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and training would be
- Education – high school diploma or general education degree (GED); and
- Experience – one year of experience in forestry, landscaping or related field
- Knowledge of proper use of a variety of common landscape hand and power tools and equipment; of principles and practices of workplace safety.
- Ability to operate and maintain a variety of landscape tools and equipment; to read and interpret documents (such as safety rules, operating manuals, and maintenance instructions); and to independently carry out written and/or oral instructions.
- Ability to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and dig; ability to climb or balance; ability to regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Must have a valid State of California Class C Driver License. Must obtain a valid California Commercial driver permit within the first 90 days of employment and a valid California Class B CDL as soon as possible, and no later than 180 days after obtaining the permit.
- Collaborative team member able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, volunteers and other Trust employees
- Exceptional customer service skills
About the Presidio Trust Forestry Crew
Over the past decade, the Presidio Trust's forestry crew has planted 27 acres of young trees at 44 sites. In total, 3,500 trees have been planted. The rejuvenation is especially visible along West Pacific Boulevard near Julius Kahn Park; at the Arguello Gate, where cypress planted just a few years ago already rise 30 feet; along Kobbe Boulevard, where wind studies have informed how trees should be placed on the Presidio's blustery western edge; and near the World War II Memorial, where trees resistant to pine pitch canker are thriving. Trees that have been felled continue to contribute to the park's vitality – they are used as compost to increase soil fertility, are milled for benches and fencing, and are immortalized through art, as seen in Andy Goldsworthy's Presidio pieces Wood Line, Spire, and Tree Fall. The Trust's reforestation effort has also contributed to an uptick in bird The Trust also welcomes the public to get involved by participating in a volunteer tree care program. More than 1,000 volunteers have contributed more than 5,000 hours caring for young Presidio trees.