Townsend Tree Service (Utility)

Bucket Truck Operator

Job Locations US-AL-Huntsville | US-AL-Athens | US-AL-Decatur | US-AL-Cullman
General Labor (Field)
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

A Bucket Truck Operator is responsible for assisting with the clearing and removal of trees along electrical power lines and right-of-ways (ROWs). This position operates an aerial lift device (bucket truck) to reach branches interfering with electric lines. A Bucket Truck Operator also operates chain saws, pruners, brush chipper and may be called upon to climb trees using climbing equipment.


Duties Include

Essential Functions:

  • Uses wedges, sledges, and chain saws in felling trees or trimmed trunks and in cutting and splitting logs into manageable pieces
  • Responsible for following safe practices and rules while clearing and trimming trees and brush away from utility lines
  • Sprays brush and stumps, making proper and selective application of herbicides
  • Loads and unloads trucks with logs, stumps, brush, and debris
  • Operates and services equipment, such as gasoline, hydraulic tools, power saws, power winches, buckets, chippers, and sprayers
  • Safeguards employees and the public from hazards in and around the work area
  • Cooperates with customers, police, and fire departments when blocking street or driveways
  • Sets up barriers, warning signs, flags, markers, etc. to protect employees and public
  • Operates a bucket near energized lines
  • Performs tree and bucket rescue
  • Trains new personnel
  • Works in all temperatures and will be exposed to nature, i.e., irritating plants and biting or stinging insects
  • Works near energized parts or equipment
  • Exposed to hazards of working near power equipment, traffic, high voltage wires, and falling limbs

Secondary Duties:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use lowering techniques, saw maintenance and devices as related to tree work in the field
  • Must be semi-skilled in mechanics
  • Must be proficient in proper tree groundwork, including but not limited to: basic tree pruning and tree removal
  • Must be able to complete a proficiency test consisting of: climbing a ladder; knot tying; chain saw maintenance; the safe and proper handling and operation of chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders; and demonstrate proper tree groundwork abilities using a variety of equipment, including but not limited to ropes, pole pruners, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


What You’ll Bring to the Team

  • Must be able to wear necessary PPE as per task assigned
  • Must be able to drive an approved company vehicle safely
  • Must be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, i.e., rain, heat, sun, cold
  • Must be able to traverse various terrains
  • Must be able to write, read and comprehend written and verbal job instructions/information
  • Must be able to work with hands above head for extended periods
  • Must be able to walk, climb and work from ladders, or at various heights, on uneven and slippery surfaces
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the reporting location
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Experience with a tree care/maintenance program, including but not limited to: operations of stump grinder, chipper, chipper truck, bucket truck, and other tree-related equipment
  • Must have an acceptable driving record
  • May be required to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination to obtain the appropriate Commercial Driver’s License
  • 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


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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