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Landscape Grounds Technician

Primary Operational Objectives:
If you enjoy working with your hands, spending your working day outdoors, and enjoy hard work, this is the position for you! This job is responsible to maintain the appearance of the Olympic Training Center. The successful candidate is a self-motivated individual to carry out daily tasks on site; including inspecting for issues, effective prioritizing of tasks, and keeping areas always looking their best. This may involve reaching out to other Timberline employees for help and receiving approval from clients/management.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Check site for immediate issues, solving and mitigating issues where needed
• Patrol site, such as checking pond levels weekly to evaluate maintenance needs
• Detect possible irrigation issues and notify Account Manager or Irrigation Technician of problems
• Spray for weeds, grasses in bushes, etc.
• Focus on key areas to keep landscaping excellent and presentable
• Regularly communicate with the Account Manager to ensure problems are being resolved
• Inspect equipment and communicate issues to the Shop
• Prune shrubs, clean pathways of debris, flower bed maintenance
• Available for snow removal

Qualifications:
• Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license with a clean driving record OR have reliable transportation to/from office and/or job site
• Must pass background check consisting of employment history, personal/professional references, criminal record and drug screening
• Must be able to interact with clients in a professional manner
• Secure all materials and equipment needed, keep in good condition
• Self-motivated with the ability to manage one’s own work, as well as effectively prioritize work
• Must be punctual, responsible and have a positive, can-do attitude
• Demonstrate dependability and efficient work practices
• Must be able to read and understand safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals
• Landscaping experience
• Must be willing to do things outside of your job description. All team members help and support other departments when necessary

Desired Qualities:
• Pond maintenance experience
• Chemical spraying license
• Plant health care experience
• Basic irrigation knowledge

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
• Job requires most working hours outside in all temperatures and weather conditions
• The position requires bending, stooping, reaching, crawling, walking and lifting
• Candidate should be comfortable with, and have physical and manual dexterity to operate hand tools and small – medium sized machinery and should be comfortable working with digging equipment/tools
• Occasional exposure to dust, grease, noise and chemical vapors – PPE is provided.
• Ability to move and/or lift over 50 lbs.

Job Summary

Position Title: Landscape Grounds Technician
Position Reports to: Account Manager
Supervises: N/A
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Experience: 1 + years of landscaping experience
Career Level: FT / Non-manager (non-exempt)
Education: High school diploma/GED preferred or equivalent and relevant job experience
Salary: Hourly rate starts at $14.00 – $18.00 / DOE
Benefits: (Per company eligibility)
 Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
 Life/AD&D Insurance
 Paid time off
 401(k) Investment plan

Trails Crewmember

The Trails Crewmember position is an exciting and adventurous opportunity to work in a crew building and maintaining trail projects. Featuring opportunities for travel in Colorado, nationwide, and even worldwide, the Trails Crewmember is responsible for carrying out project instructions, performing skilled and non-skilled trail work, and produce a timely and high-quality completed project. Timberline Landscaping seeks an individual that demonstrates passion for trail building and the outdoors.
This position begins April 15th and ends in November (as weather and work availability allows).

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Meets and exceeds client expectations through excellent trail work
• Communicate all safety concerns, work concerns, and other pertinent information to the Trails Crew Leader
• Effectively comply with Timberline’s guidelines in emergency situations, following protocols and communication requirements
• Read, understand, and implement certain plans and schematics
• Maintains and/or operates tools and equipment; including hand tools, small power tools, and chainsaws
• Performs unskilled and, as training and experience allows, semi-skilled work in a responsible manner
• Assists with routine equipment maintenance, particularly sharpening and re-hanging of hand tools
• Works full days in the backcountry without regular access to amenities
• Performs other functions as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must have a high school diploma or GED
• Be willing to travel (a lot) in Colorado
• Must be willing to work away from home for weeks at a time
• Demonstrated ability to perform the varied physical requirements of trail work
• This job requires a uniform and the use of personal protective equipment as well as adherence to all safety rules and policies. This will include back country first aid and bear safety training
• Creative, pro-active problem-solving skills
• Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English
• Must pass background check consisting of employment history, personal/professional references, MVR, and criminal record
• High degree of interpersonal skills, as Crewmember will be with other crewmembers for long periods of time
• Must be highly adaptable to the kinds of change and hardships that comes along with working outside in remote locations

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds (request help when lifting heavier things)
• Depending on the job, this position could require back-country camping, hiking for miles with a day pack, and dealing with all weather conditions
• This job, at a minimum, requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and control of heavy equipment

JOB SUMMARY
Location: Requires Travel (Colorado, nationwide, and sometimes worldwide)
Position Title: Trails Crewmember
Reports to: Trails Crew Leader
Supervises: None
Department: Trails
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: 0 + years
Career Level: Non-manager (non-exempt), temporary position
Salary: $12 – $14 per hour, DOE. For job sites over one hour from home, Timberline will provide food and sometimes lodging as some jobs will require Crewmembers to live on the job site (when lodging is not available, Crewmembers will be expected to camp on site in a tent when lodging is not provided). Depending on the job and arrangement, that lodging may range from staying in tents, RV, a house, etc. Evening and weekend travel to home is an option when realistic for the Crewmember.
Hours: 40+
Benefits:
• Health insurance (after applicable waiting period per company policy)
• Profit sharing

Trails Crew Leader

The Trails Crew Leader position is an exciting and adventurous opportunity to manage the crew responsible for building and maintaining trail projects. Featuring opportunities for travel in Colorado, nationwide, and even worldwide, the Trails Crew Leader is responsible for the execution of the project, management of the crew members, and reporting to the Trails Project Manager to ensure a timely and high-quality completed project. Timberline Landscaping seeks an individual that demonstrates passion for trail building and the outdoors, and that is willing to continue trail building education through conferences, reading, and obtaining certifications. This position begins April 15th and ends in November (as weather and work availability allows).

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Responsible for supervising crew members
• Collects and ensures proper timekeeping of field personnel
• Oversees daily operations in the field
• Trains, directs, and motivates crew to meet and exceed client expectations
• Provides direction and hands-on assistance to increase efficiency and effectively equip crew members
• Makes basic repairs to equipment in the backcountry
• Ensures that employees assigned are trained in the duties delegated to them and strictly enforce safety in all aspects of operations
• Executes compliance with applicable laws concerning trail building, including stormwater management
• Keeps up with paperwork to ensure proper documentation
• Regularly communicates with Trails Project Manager to receive instructions on the SOW. In addition, the Crew Leader must communicate all safety concerns, work concerns, and other pertinent information to the TPM
• Effectively manage emergency situations, following Timberline protocols and communication requirements
• Read, understand, and implement plans and schematics
• Maintain and/or operate tools and equipment, including hand tools, small power tools, and chainsaws
• Performs other functions as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must have a high school diploma or GED
• Be willing to travel (a lot) in Colorado
• Must be willing to work away from home for weeks at a time
• This job requires a uniform and the use of personal protective equipment as well as adherence to all safety rules and policies. This will include back country first aid and bear safety training
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in either trail building, commercial landscaping, or landscape maintenance
• Must have hands-on working knowledge of bridge building, bridge abutments, and carpentry skills
• Ability to interpret electronic, hard, and verbal plans through use of GPS, GIS, and other electronic tools.
• Must have a hands-on, working knowledge of the type of work assigned – choosing and operating proper equipment (excavators, dozers, and chainsaw), and the ability to perform basic evaluation and repair equipment in the backcountry
• Ability to read and interpret clinometer for laying out rolling incline turns
• Creative, pro-active problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to inspire others to their full potential
• Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English
• Experience driving trucks and trailers and operating trail building equipment
• Must be able to obtain chain saw safety certification, dozer certification, and mini excavator certification in first year of employment
• Valid Colorado Driver’s License and approval by Timberline’s insurance company
• Must pass background check consisting of employment history, personal/professional references, MVR, and criminal record
• Leadership, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills (including the handling of multiple priorities and deadlines)
• Effective organizational skills that includes the ability to self-manage work and manage the work of others
• Must be highly adaptable to the kinds of change that comes along with working in an entrepreneurial environment
• Self-starting initiative to pursue improvements and projects without substantial supervision

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds (request help when lifting heavier things)
• Depending on the job, this position could require back-country camping, hiking for miles with a day pack, and dealing with all weather conditions
• This job, at a minimum, requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and control of heavy equipment

JOB SUMMARY
Location: Requires Travel (Colorado, nationwide, and sometimes worldwide)
Position Title: Trails Crew Leader
Reports to: Trails Project Manager
Supervises: Trails Crew Workers
Department: Trails
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: 2 + years
Career Level: Non-manager (non-exempt), temporary position
Salary: $14 – $18 per hour, DOE. For job sites over one hour from home, Timberline will provide food and sometimes lodging as some jobs will require Crewmembers to live on the job site (when lodging is not available, Crewmembers will be expected to camp on site in a tent when lodging is not provided). Depending on the job and arrangement, that lodging may range from staying in tents, RV, a house, etc. Evening and weekend travel to home is an option when realistic for the Crewmember.
Hours: 40+
Benefits:
• Health insurance
• 401k matching
• Paid time off
• Profit sharing

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How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

Mowing your lawn is an essential part of keeping it looking happy and healthy. When it comes to how often you should mow, there are several factors that will play into your mowing schedule. Consistency will be key.

The most important thing to remember with mowing is that “how often” isn’t as important as “how much” grass you cut. Improper mowing can lead to brown spots, weak roots, and burnt grass. Below are important points to consider when asking “How often should I mow my lawn.”

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Plant Health Care Technician

Primary Operational Objectives:
This position is primarily responsible for professional service of our clients’ landscapes with our comprehensive plant health care program. This employee oversees a crew of PHC professionals, organizing and directing the team’s work.
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Responsible for leading crew in general tree/plant care.
• Direct team in executing the PHC Manager’s schedule and other instructions
• Conduct complete tree, lawn and shrub care, including insect and disease control, fertilization.
• Proper application of a variety of lawn and tree care products; fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, pesticide products. Must have an applicator’s license or in the processing of obtaining it.
• Safe handling and use of all chemicals.
• Accurate and timely completion of required paperwork.

Requirements:
• Must pass background check consisting of employment history, personal/professional references, criminal record and drug screening.
• Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• Demonstrated proficiency with products and techniques used to maintain plant health.
• Ability to perform basic math calculations when mixing chemicals.
• Ability to manage projects according to contract, on time, and on budget.
• Must be able to interact with customers in a professional manner.
• Safe securement of equipment and materials during transport.
• Must be punctual, responsible, and have a positive, can-do attitude.
• Demonstrate dependability and efficient work practices.
• Must be able to read and understand safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
• Ability to speak, read and write English.
• Must be willing to do things outside of your job description. All team members help and support other departments when necessary.

Desired Qualities:
• Highly desirable, ISA Arborist Certification, NALP Certified Technician or Lawn Care Technician.
• Department of Agriculture Qualified Supervisor (QS).
• Bilingual in Spanish, highly desirable.
• B.S. in Horticulture or related field.
• 5+ years of experience

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
• This position is primarily an outdoor job which will require working hours outside in all temperatures and weather conditions.
• Long pants, long sleeved shirts required due to the nature of spraying chemicals.
• The position requires bending, stooping, reaching, crawling, walking and lifting.
• Technician should be comfortable with, and have physical and manual dexterity to operate hand tools and small – medium sized machinery and should be comfortable working with digging equipment/tools.
• Occasional exposure to dust, grease, noise and chemical vapors – PPE is provided, and company logoed apparel must be worn.
• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds (must ask for help above 50 lbs.)

 

Position Title: Plant Health Care Technician
Position Reports to: PHC Manager
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Career Level: FT / Non-manager (non-exempt)
Salary: Hourly rate $15 – $25/ DOE
Benefits: (Per company eligibility)
 Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
 Profit sharing
 Paid time off
 401K Investment plan

Arborist

This position will include providing services to both residential and commercial customers through tree care. Arborists specialize in maintaining trees to ensure they are healthy, safe, and in an attractive condition. In addition, when tree removal is required, the Arborist will ensure its safe and efficient removal.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Repairs, cables, fertilizes, waters, and prunes trees and other woody plants; removes dead, diseased or declining trees and woody plants
• Recognizes disease and insect problems of trees and woody plants and applies appropriate treatments
• Record and document work performed, including pictures and paperwork as applicable
• Assists in maintaining tree inventory records
• Ability to identify tree species
• Identifies potentially hazardous trees and other tree-related problems
• Will perform snow removal as needed
• Assist in maintenance and upkeep of company equipment
• Other functions as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:
• ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
• Calm and competent dealing with heights
• Excellent customer service skills
• Must wear company approved uniform
• Must be able to speak, read, and write basic English
• Ability to perform basic math calculations when mixing chemicals
• 2+ years of experience
• Must pass post-offer background check consisting of employment history, personal/professional references, criminal record, MVR, and drug screen (includes marijuana)
• Must be highly adaptable to the kinds of change that comes along with working in an entrepreneurial environment
• Self-starting initiative to pursue improvements and projects without substantial supervision

DESIRED QUALITIES TO INCLUDE:
• ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift
• Bilingual in English and Spanish
• Working knowledge of tree care products and common tree problems
• Experience applying a variety of tree care products: fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides

PHYSICAL DEMAND & WORK ENVIRONMENT
• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds (must ask for help above 50 lbs.)
• This job, at minimum, requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, control of hand tools, and pulling of weeds
• This position is primarily an outdoor job which will require working hours outside in all temperatures and weather conditions.
• This job requires climbing to high heights, and dealing with hazards associated with climbing.
• Long pants, long sleeved shirts required due to the nature of spraying chemicals.
• Employee should be comfortable with, and have physical and manual dexterity to operate hand tools and small – medium sized machinery and should be comfortable working with digging equipment/tools.

JOB SUMMARY
• Location: Colorado Springs
• Reports To: PHC Manager
• Supervises: None
• Experience: 2+ years
• Career Level: Non-manager (non-exempt)
• Education: ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist certification required
• Salary: $16 – $25/hour DOE
• Benefits:
o Health insurance as per ACA guidelines
o Life/Accidental death insurance

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Primary Operational Objectives:
This position works under the direction of the Safety & Quality Manager, providing services to both residential and commercial customers. This position will be responsible for pro-actively monitoring installed landscapes and educating our clients about best practices including diagnosis of plant problems, watering needs throughout the season and monitoring and adjusting the irrigation system. This position will also have warranty administrator duties.

Essential Job Functions – Quality Assurance:
• Monitors landscape installation to ensure correct planting and irrigation techniques are utilized.
• Proactively monitor installed landscapes for proper maintenance and care by either the client or our in-house maintenance.
• Adjust irrigation needs/requirements at properties as needed.
• Communicate with supervisors to ensure compliance with the final product requirements.
• Document information on the computer in various databases and other internal programs.
• Follow all clean-up and housekeeping procedures. Comply with all quality, safety, and work rules and regulations.
• As needed, assist in maintenance and upkeep of company equipment.
• Promote all other aspects of the company including commercial and residential services, including assisting in customer sales as needed. Draft quality assurance policies and procedures.
• Interpret and implement quality assurance standards.
• Monitor soils at snow removal sites for high levels of salt and coordinate with managers to dilute/clean as needed.
• Monitors winter watering.
• Educate homeowners and clients about water usage and proper maintenance of landscapes as needed.
• Determine supplemental watering needs (winter watering, drought) on Timberline constructed properties, while continually educating the clients as to the importance.
• Coordinate with PHC Manager Schedule for winter watering of sites.
• Develop, recommend and monitor corrective and preventive actions.
• Conducts pre-walks and final punch lists of projects.
• Conducts spot checks.

Essential Job Functions – Warranty:
• Responsible for Warranty and Customer Service correspondence.
• Working knowledge of warranty claim inspection and investigation best practices.
• Responsible for investigating customer requests, monitoring the completion of service work and resolving discrepancies between the intended service and actual work.
• Address incoming warranty calls through onsite evaluation, client follow up and determination of warranty responsibility.
• Schedule and manage warranty replacements.
• Maintain accurate and timely records/files of service requests, email communication.

Qualifications:
• Education: BS in Horticulture or Irrigation or 5 years’ field experience
• Experience in Residential and/or Commercial Warranty work and/or Construction Management.
• Possess a working knowledge of lawn care products and common lawn/plant problems. Product or industry specific experience.
• Must have a professional manner and appearance that enhances the company’s reputation. Must wear company approved uniform.
• Must be able to read, write and speak basic English.
• Ability to work independently, to be assertive and negotiate “win-win” situations to resolve issues.
• Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office.
• Knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements.
• Ability to interact with various types of internal and external customers.
• Work successfully in a team environment.
• Must be willing to do things outside of your job description. All team members help and support other departments when necessary.
• A valid Colorado driver’s license without a history of violations is required.
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
• Occasionally lift/move up to 100 lbs.
• At a minimum, requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pulling of weeds, control of hand tools and small to medium sized machinery.
• This job is an indoor/outdoor job which will require time spent at a desk environment using a computer as well as exposure to unknown weather conditions.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Position Title: Quality Assurance Coordinator
Reports to: Quality & Safety Manager
Supervises: None
Department: Safety & Quality
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred
Experience: 3+ years of experience in landscaping industry
Career Level: Non-manager, exempt
Salary: 40,000 – 55,000 DOE
Hours: FT 40 – 45 hours per week
• Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance (per ACA guidelines)
• Life/AD&D Insurance
• Paid time off
• 401K Investment plan

5 Benefits of Smart Irrigation Controllers

Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular in the home. Smart technology is more efficient and makes life easier. There’s no reason why smart technology shouldn’t move outdoors to help us with our landscapes too. Our favorite outdoor technology is the smart irrigation controller. A smart irrigation controller waters your landscape for you, but with the added features of adjusting based on weather, plant type, and other things depending on the controller.  The benefits of smart irrigation controllers definitely outweigh the costs of basic stand-alone controllers.

Low-tech stand-alone controllers are typically just a timer. They do not provide any weather input or alerts and typically result in excessive water waste and even landscape loss from overwatering. Here are 5 benefits you’ll experience when you upgrade to a smart irrigation controller:

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Kill Weeds for Good plus Natural Vs. Chemical Weed Killer

When you’re planning your dream landscape, the last thing that you want to worry about is weeds threatening the health of your plants. While weeds can be prevented before they even begin to grow if you take the proper precautions, sometimes they are already invading your property. Therefore, finding the proper form of removal can seem like a daunting task. Here’s your guide to Kill Weeds for Good plus Natural Vs. Chemical Weed Killer.

At Timberline Landscaping, we are experts in keeping your landscape protected from weeds. We’ve compiled some tips to help you understand how to prevent weeds from growing and kill weeds that already exist. Also, read on for information about natural and chemical weed killers. 

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