Townsend Tree Service (Utility)

General Foreperson - Hourly

Job Locations US-IN-Muncie | US-IN-Anderson | US-IN-Pendleton
Regular Full-Time


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Townsend Tree Service is an operating unit of The Townsend Corporation providing tree-trimming, clearance and integrated vegetation management services for power and communication lines, pipelines and roadways.


We possess extensive equipment capabilities and resources, with one of the largest fleets of All Terrain Aerial Buckets (ATAB), Right-of-Way (ROW) brush mowers, spray application equipment and other specialty tools.


With the use of modern IVM techniques and advanced herbicides that target invasive species, Townsend provides the best in habitat management. With our research partners, Townsend helps redefine right of way stewardship, producing benefits like improved motorist safety, better service crew access, lower maintenance costs, improved drainage and enhanced aesthetics.


As an operating unit of the larger Townsend Corporation, Townsend Tree Service is held to the same commitment to safety and quality. These are the same standards that have guided the Townsend Corporation for over six decades.


Position Description

The General Foreperson – Hourly provides hands-on leadership and is responsible for scheduling, planning, coordinating, and supervising tree crews. This position is also responsible for assisting in cost control, ensuring workplace safety, and consistent and fair application of all Company employment policies.  The General Foreperson – Hourly is a first-line manager and key customer interface.


Position Dimensions/Scope

  • Management Responsibility: $1.2 -$3 million Annual Revenue
  • Direct Supervisory Responsibility:
    • 10-25 FTEs
    • 5-10 Crews
  • Indirect Supervisory Responsibility: None

Duties Include

Essential Functions:

  • Human Resources and Supervision
    • Interviews and hires employees in compliance with Company guidelines and procedures
    • Supervises the activities of assigned employees, assesses competency and capability, and takes appropriate action to deal with performance concerns
    • Maintains positive employee relations with and between employees and takes proper disciplinary measures when required
    • Stimulates maximum efficiency and productivity of employees
  • Planning and Scheduling
    • Reads and understands charts, work orders, schedules, customer contracts, drawings, and other records and reports to (a) plan and establish work schedules (including required overtime), assignments, and sequences to meet goals, (b) arrange for notification and permission to complete work and (c) evaluate outputs
    • Recommends adding and releasing of personnel as required to maintain the schedule
  • Safety and Training
    • Demonstrates equipment operations, work processes, and safety procedures to new employees or assigns employees to experienced workers for training
    • Identifies needs for employee training and ensures training is completed and up to date
    • Maintains adherence to company safety policies, standards, and good housekeeping practices
    • Ensures completion of safety and hazard assessments and establishes work zones and traffic control
    • Conducts safety and other informational or educational meetings as required
    • Participates in incident investigations and reviews
    • Ensures timely responses, actions, and corrections to safety issues
  • Supplies, Vehicles, and Equipment
    • Inventories and obtains supplies, materials, and equipment in compliance with Company policies
    • Inspects vehicles, machinery, equipment, and tools; communicates needed repairs and replacements to supervisor and corporate office
    • Coordinates and ensures proper repairs are completed
  • Quality Control
    • Oversees execution of work by employees and ensures work meets specifications
    • Communicates with serviced customers to ensure customer satisfaction
    • Evaluates and attends to day to day customer errors, complaints, and concerns and assures appropriate resolution
  • Administration
    • Keeps required records of employment matters and activities and regularly reports to supervisor on issues, progress or delays, and achievement
    • Regularly monitors Company telephone and email and communicates/responds to supervisor and corporate office requests
    • Transmits all required information and documentation to employees (including paychecks, memos, manuals, forms, training materials, etc.) promptly
    • Submits all necessary documentation for the supervisor and corporate office (including new hire paperwork, timesheets, incident reports, training records, disciplinary and separation documentation, equipment reports, safety inspections, and audits, etc.) in a neat, accurate, and timely manner
    • Assists supervisor in the bidding process

Secondary Duties:

  • Reports to work outside of regular work hours for emergency operations
  • May be assigned to perform the duties and functions of a direct supervisor or subordinate employees when that person is absent
  • Performs other duties as assigned


What You’ll Bring to the Team

  • Working knowledge of established industry hazards, standards, practices, procedures, and techniques (both manual and mechanical electrical line clearance methods, including pruning and climbing skills)
  • Working knowledge of equipment and tools used in assigned processes
  • Three (3) years of directly related experience; two (2) years of experience in a Group Leader/Supervisory role
  • Valid Driver’s License in State of residence
  • Qualified to obtain and maintain DOT Medical Certification
  • Must be able to meet all physical requirements of the position
  • Pass all drug and alcohol screens as required by Company policy and, if applicable, required by DOT regulations
  • Be at least 18 years of age, or 21 if CDL is required
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Commercial Driver’s License (Class B minimum)
  • Herbicide Applicator’s License in one or more States
  • Conversational knowledge of the Spanish language


Why Townsend?

Townsend’s number one core value is Safety; we operate a strict Drug Free workplace. A condition of employment is passing a drug screening and routine background checks. Vehicle operators will be required to have and maintain safe driving records and licenses.


Our Goal is to assure that all employees work safely and return home safely to their families every day.


Competitive Benefits + Compensation

Townsend and its family of companies are committed to employees, their development and their well-being. Townsend offers full-time employees with a variety of voluntary benefit plans.

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Paid Time Off to balance Work and Family
  • Health Care
  • Vision Care
  • Dental Care
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • 401K Plan
  • Life Insurance

These benefits help employees and their families to maintain a high quality of life, both professionally and personally.


The Townsend Corporation and its family of companies are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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