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Forest Maintenance Aide I (Temporary) - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0009)

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Minimum Salary: $13.60 per hour
Maximum Salary: $18.78 per hour
Employment Type: Temporary
Department: Parks & Community Services
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Forest Maintenance Aide will work as a member of the Natural Resource Division’s Forest Management Program.  The position will work closely with a Skilled Worker and will report to the Urban Forester.  Most of the work will occur in the field at forest restoration sites. The following is a general task list of duties:

  • Invasive weed control with line trimmer, hand tools, herbicide, etc.
  • Tree watering by hand and sprinkler
  • Litter removal from open spaces and native growth protection areas
  • Landscape maintenance of forest frontages

** The City will provide personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed with the exception of work boots and rain gear.  This position is full-time, seasonal and runs approximately from mid-March to late September, not to exceed 9 months.  Hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Required to possess a valid Washington state driver’s license by date of hire.  Must have and maintain a good driving record according to City standards.  Current original drivers abstract required at time of interview.
  • Must be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED is required.
  • Completion of at least one year of college in forestry or related natural resource field is preferred.
  • Work experience of at least one year in forestry, natural resources, or landscape maintenance is preferred.
  • Good written and oral communication skills desirable.


Physical Demands

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms.  Pulling, pushing, climbing, standing, bending, or stooping for extended periods.  Lifting, carrying, crawling.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 75 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.
  • Exposure may include traffic, fumes, chemicals, flying debris, noise.  Employees with exposure will be required to provide and wear leather, steel-toed or equivalent protective footwear (ANSI approved).  Wastewater employees will be working in areas that may be exposed to sewage.
  • Employees must be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions and provide weather-related gear if/as needed such as rain gear and/or coat.  Employees must provide and wear work clothing appropriate to their duties.  Some tasks require a long-sleeved shirt.


Definition of a Temporary

  • Hired on the City’s payroll for up to 9 months working full-time or part-time. 
  • Cannot work for more than 9 months in the previous 12 months, whether in the same position or a series of consecutive positions. 
  • Cannot work simultaneously as a temporary employee and a temporary agency worker. 
  • A temporary employee who has worked the 9 month maximum in the previous 12 months must have at least a 3-month break in service before being re-employed by the City in another temporary status. 
  • At-will for the duration of the temporary status, except as indicated by union contract. 
  • Employment eligibility of a new hire into a temporary status must be verified. 
  • Temporary workers will be placed in non-regular positions, and shall receive no other compensation or benefits than the designated base hourly rate for hours of actual work performed except as specifically authorized by ordinance.



This is a temporary position for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months.  Union Position (Teamsters Local Union No. 763): After initial 2 months of continuous employment or within the month following the first day of rehire, employee will become a bargaining unit member and pay monthly union dues (current rate is 2.25 times their hourly rate of pay) and initiation dues as required.


How to Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position.  For further information about the job, please contact Doug Hunter at 425.452.6855.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


Natural Resources Division/Parks

Bellevue, WA