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Tree Climber (arboriculture) Amityville, NY (climbing experience needed)

Hello and thanks for your interest in a career with USDA APHIS PPQ!

Please note this is an Outreach Notice to make you aware of a vacancy open with USDA APHIS PPQ in beautiful Amityville, NY on our Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Cooperative Eradication Program. Please apply through USA Jobs (link provided within announcement). 

$25.67 to $29.94 per hour

This is a full-time term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing). For more details click: Term Appointments Term positions like this include medical benefits, retirement, thrift savings plan, Paid Vacation, Sick Time, Holiday Leave and more!

The vacancy announcement is open until midnight on October 28th.

If selected for this position, you will serve as a Tree Climber assigned to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Emergency Program. Responsibilities include protecting American agriculture and natural resources from endemic and exotic pests in order to enhance the competitiveness of American agricultural exports.


The duties may include, but are not limited to: Inspect trees through ground and aerial survey for pests or specific indications of pest injury or infestation. Provide quality assurance surveillance of the tree survey activities performed by program staff and staff from other organizations such as contractors, federal agencies, and state agencies. Climb trees of heights routinely exceeding 100 feet using a rope and harness to inspect for pests, executes limb walks of distances of 20 feet or more. As circumstances warrant, uses spikes or spurs; operates and maintains hand saws, chainsaws and knives; and works in trees often near power lines, using climbing ropes and saddles. Utilizing reference materials such as tree identification keys to identify every woody tree specific to the area and potential ALB host trees by genus and species. Collect tree material samples for use in the environmental monitoring of trees which have been chemically treated, for submission to identifiers or laboratories. Conduct tree inventories data such as diameter, property address, or location of trees using Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment and maps. Speak with property owners in order to obtain permission to climb trees on their property; this contact may be made by phone or in person.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt. Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution. Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at Successful completion of one-year trial period. Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application. Must be in excellent physical condition; continuously and repetitively lifts objects in excess of 100 pounds, including own body weight, over the course of the entire work day. Bending, stretching, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and throwing (throw ball) and walking capabilities are necessary to perform all major responsibilities as assigned. Uses strenuous physical effort by means of rope and harness to climb and thoroughly inspect the entire tree. Frequently encounters extreme difficulty working in awkward positions when climbing throughout the entire canopy of the tree to complete a thorough inspection and will be suspended in a climbing harness and/or standing for extended periods of time. Frequently uses sharp cutting tools while suspended aloft by means of a rope and harness, often in awkward positions, and must wear and use all necessary safety items and equipment. May be required to operate an aerial lift device, such as the bucket and boom arm only of a bucket truck, when in close proximity to primary power distribution lines. Differentials are paid according to schedules that vary the payment amounts according to the risk involved in the job or the degree of exposure to a hazard.


To qualify, you must show that you have had training and experience of sufficient scope and quality to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Your answers to the vacancy specific questions must be supported by the work experience in your resume. For example, if you respond in the affirmative when questioned whether you have Tree Climbing experience using a rope and harness, your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

I wish you the best in all your career pursuits! Please reach out to me with any recruiting questions.


Tom Colarusso


Outreach and Recruitment

Call/ Text: 518-420-9779