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Monday, October 02, 2023 11:00 AM | Gregory La Plume


Maintain the tree, shrub, and vine layers of the Northeastern Arboretum, on the Boston campus, through systematic pruning and integrated pest management as part of an overall plant health care program for the living landscape. Perform specialty tasks such as cabling, bracing, and safe removals of trees. Maintain digital records of plant health assessments, removal inventory, and related storm damage. 

The Arborists are permanent members of the NU Snow Team involving the removal of snow and ice from university and adjoining areas including roadways, walkways, and steps and parking areas. This includes and is not limited to plowing, shoveling, salting, and sanding using University snow removal equipment as necessary to maintain safety of pedestrians and vehicles.

Must possess demonstrated skills in:

•            Aerial lift and chainsaw operation

•            Tree climbing

•            Tree removals

•            Cabling and bracing

•            Pruning

•            Transplanting

•            Identification and methods of control of pests and diseases using I.P.M.

•            Snow removal

•            Maintenance, repair, and safe and proper operation of various types of arborist equipment


•Pruning - Systematic pruning of tree canopy across the Boston campus.  Shrub and vine pruning. 

•Pest Management - Integrated Pest Management, tree health assessment reports.

•Database Management - Plant database management within Iris BG for such things as inventory updates, health assessments, and damage reports

•Operations - Specialty operations such as cabling, bracing, and tree removals.

•Other grounds related duties as assigned


Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree required. Hiring preference for degrees in arboriculture, horticulture, or related field.  A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the field of arboriculture or a related field is required. Exceptional experience as a climbing arborist may be substituted for the educational requirement. Must have and maintain a valid US State of Residence driver’s license and U.S. D.O.T. Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Must possess and maintain a valid Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator’s License within three (3) months of employment. Within six (6) months of employment, must possess and maintain a Certification by the International Society of Arboriculture or equivalent.  Must be able to perform manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting loads up to 50 lbs.  Required to work in all weather conditions in all seasons and essential staff for weather related emergencies impacting the grounds.

Schedule and hours are: Monday through Friday 7AM - 3:30PM. 

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Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.  

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.  

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

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  • Job Requisition ID


  • Location

    • Boston, MA (Main Campus)

  • Posting Date

    09/25/2023 - 7 days ago

  • Job Family

    • Grounds Keeping

  • Time Type

    • Full time

  • Job Type

    • Regular

  • Pay $38.50
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